During my residency at Bibliotek-a I will research how I can create audiovisual sensory experiences that reflect on urban landscapes that are in constant transformation. I depart from the framework of my project Symbiotic Spaces: initially a site-specific installation for the Bellamy Neighbourhood in Amsterdam, an environment that was constantly changing due to renovation and construction work.
These ideas extend to the Stockholm region, particularly to the areas of Frihamnen, Vartahamnen, Norra Djurgårdstaden, Loudden and Hjorthagen, that are undergoing a similar transformation on a larger scale: a living entity where landscapes shift in time and space due to gentrification, rapid city growth and development, while its cultural legacy is given to artists to operate. These areas provide a collection of different conscious and unconscious stimuli, memory and reactions to the various life forms that inhabit them.
The result of the residency and artistic research will be a small work-in-progress exhibition reflecting on the history and the future of these environments through a study of the dynamics between the natural and the urban, the human and the non-human.
Curated by Sona Stepanyan
With the generous support of Stroom Den Haag and the Mondriaan Foundation