Short presentations by the artists
Born in Germany, raised in Belgium, living in Brussels/Athens and working as an artist in the expanded field of performance and ‘social sculpture’: it should come as no surprise that the mercurial biographical trajectory of Danai Anesiadou has produced an artistic practice of matching convolution, confusion even. Tapping from a wide variety of sources in the adjoining realms of leftfield popular (‘low’) culture and the canonical forms of ‘high’ culture, the art of Anesiadou – and an ever-changing cast of collaborators and travelling companions, is perhaps best appreciated and enjoyed against the referential backdrop of avant-garde cinema and genre-bending theatre/performance art. This has made her all too aware of the necessity of dialogue in the production of any cultural artifact. She convincingly married a strong sense for the theatre of autobiographical confession with a long-standing interest in the netherworld of magical practices and its secret knowledge. Anesiadou practices an art of shadows and traces, of relics and remains. There is an emphasis on the occult nature of her practice: time and again, something is hidden; time and again, something is revealed.
Danai Anesiadou studied at Konkinglijk Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Gent) and at DasArts (Amsterdam). Her work and performances have been featured at Kunsthalle Basel (Basel); the 5th Berlin Biennial (Berlin); WIELS (Brussels); MuHKA (Antwerp); Witte de With (Rotterdam); David Roberts Art Foundation (London); Royal College of Art (London); Etablissement d'en Face Projects (Brussels); Kiosk (Ghent); LUX/ICA Biennial (London); Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris).
Erika Kristofersson Bredberg
“Glass is my material and my absolute driving force. I prefer to work in the borderland between the functional and the sculptural. Black is my favourite colour and invisibility my vision, and, at the same time, my absolute opposites."
“I am inspired by blackness and smoke. Large belching smokestacks that pump out thick, white clouds. The sky fascinates me and the sea scares me. I like large, callous hands with traces of hard work and knowledge as much as I melt at the sight of porcelain-pale fingers with bright red nails.”
Erika is a glassblower/artist from Västernorrland who values her expertise of glassblowing very highly. She frequently explores the relationship between the identity of someone who creates and the material in which said person works.
“My current project, which I call Streetblås, is about positioning glass as a material in a new context. A context in which glass assumes a place in environments that exist largely unseen. Objects in the street which are just there and whose existence do not require reflection. But as soon as something is altered on the objects – for example if someone paints on it, puts a sticker on it or just scribbles a signature on it, and thus acknowledges the object – then suddenly everyone notices the object and often they want to remove everything that has been added and has provided the object with an identity."
“I want to explore the existence of objects. How much space is glass allowed to assume on these street objects? What does the passer-by see? Will my glass be allowed to remain when the sprayed signature is removed? Who decides which materials have the right to assume a place and which have not? Streetblås is about displaying blown glass in a new context. It is about our right to show our existence by making an impression with our materials.”
Marianna Christofides (born in Cyprus, 1980, lives and works in Cologne) is a visual artist and experimental film maker examining the perceptional possibilities that lie beyond the pictured. In her practice images are considered as visual documents of stories and places that have the potential to be renegotiated and reconfigured. Displacement, shift and a poetic transfer are constitutive parts of her approach. Such journeyings take the form of sequences of images, word and objects that unfold in spatial installations to reveal at times alienated narrations where past and present seem to coincide and where a specific time and place allocation drifts apart. A geological narrative often runs parallel to a sociohistorical. This narrative is also rooted in a physical engagement of the artist and her biography with the actual places.
In 2011 Christofides co-represented Cyprus at the 54th Venice Biennale. She has received numerous grants and scholarships, among them: Stiftung Kunstfonds, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Kunststiftung NRW, Kölnischer Kunstverein and Imhoff Stiftung, Jean-Claude Reynal Foundation, Onassis Foundation and was shortlisted for the Deste Prize Athens. In 2014 she was holder of the Villa Aurora Grant in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions and residencies include: 2014 Here let me stand, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin (solo) / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest / Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka 2013 Archaeologies of the Future 2, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin / Afresh, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens / Recorded Memories, Museum for Photography, Braunschweig / DESTE Prize 2013, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens / Gasworks/TrAIN, London / Cinema Aurora, miart, Milano (solo), with Laveronica, Modica / l’histoire d’histoire d’une histoire, Kölnischer Kunstverein OG2, Cologne (solo) 2012 Reluctantly Real, Laveronica, Modica (solo) / Errant Images, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia (solo) / Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen / BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
Johan Bergström Hyldahl
Johan Bergström Hyldahl (b. 1984) works with film, photography and sculpture. Johan is interested in the borderland between kitsch and the introspective, between the caricature-like humorous and the rational, in projects that reflexively approach the conventions of the logic of feature films. His imagery and narrative are often driven by paraphrases from the canon of art history and history.
Johan Bergström Hyldahl is based in Stockholm, and holds a MFA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and an MSc in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics. Johan has also studied Fine Arts at Hunter College, New York.
An enfant terrible of his generation, Alex Mirutziu’s installation-based performances and writings question the ways in which the space after something ends is orchestrated. He uses design in its most bureaucratic sense, collecting imprints of personal and historical events, and using understanding and sincerity as factors in the materialization.
The artist has also created a collective which includes a hyper-object — namely himself at 29 – and often operates within its structure. The collective’s modus operandi is retroactive irony.
In recent years Mirutziu has lectured in performance- and theatre-focused institutions such as Royal College of Arts, London, to Von Kraal Theatre, Estonia, and has collaborated with artists including, Grit Hachmeister (DE), Paul Devens (NL), Elias Merino (ES), Graham Foust (US), Bjorn Friborg (SE). His most recent projects have been hosted by ZDB, Lisbon, Power Plant, Toronto, The Glass Factory Lab, Boda, Mucsarnok Kusthalle, Budapest and the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw.
Jonathan Puckey, Amsterdam, 1981 is an Amsterdam based graphic designer working in the field of interaction and media design. Describing the computer as a tool for making tools, he disregards the predetermined limitations of existing design software. Instead, he develops custom tools, that he uses to realise his projects.
In 2012 he founded the interactive design studio Moniker together with Luna Maurer and Roel Wouters. With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, they explore the influence of technology on daily life. Often the public is asked to take part in the development of projects, which are set into motion through the actions of others and trigger a sense of play. The studio works for a diverse range of clients that can be situated in both the cultural as well as the commercial field.
Together with Edo Paulus, Jonathan Puckey and the other members of Moniker founded Conditional Design. This manifesto and experimental playground investigates logic based working methods, with a focus on process over product. In 2013 the Conditional Design Workbook was published by Valiz. These experiments continue in Moniker Thursdays, a bi-weekly series of studio workshops which are published online at thursdays.studiomoniker.com
Jonathan Puckey is the author of Paper.js, together with Jürg Lehni. Paper.js is an open-source vector graphics programming framework that runs on top of open-web standards such as Canvas 2D and SVG.
studio nāv is a spatial practice consisting of Carl Fransson and Thomas Paltiel. While educated primarily at Edinburgh College of Art where they both received their MArch/Dipl. of Architecture, their professional and educational experience has been more widespread: working for architectural and artistic practices in both Switzerland and Norway. To date studio nāv has worked in close collaboration with artist such as, Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Ramberg and Lina Selander.
Whether working with constructs of temporality or permanence, the studios underlying ambition is to establish or expand from the particularity of a given context. More often than not, these constructs are of an abstract and suggestive nature - challenging a direct reading of the work. What is shared is a concern for material and spatial conception, and the relation between surface, space and the viewer.
Matilda Haritz Svensson
I work with sculptural ceramics assembled into compositions. The sculptures are loose forms constructed by simple means in which thought and action are juxtaposed. It is intended to be powerful yet awkward, with the mistakes clearly accounted for. A composition may be mobile, using engines or my action, but it may also be stationary. I explore the characteristics of forms and what they are able to do.
Matilda Haritz Svenson (b. 1982) received her Master’s degree from the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg in 2011. She has exhibited at among others Keramiskt Center, Höganäs and Galleri KC, Gothenburg. She is currently developing a public artwork for the New Karolinska Hospital in Solna.