Assured Stability in Shanghai

Vision Forum is proud to present a new collaboration between Sweden, Norway and China that forms a part of the project Inside Out.

When Li Xiaofei talks to industrial workers. They often express that there is an “assured stability." They mean that there is stable employment, medical care, pension - everything is secured. Their point of view might seem superficial at first glance, but behind this expression of a human desire we find a deeply rooted anxiety about how to survive.

"Assured Stability"— the clear and yet somewhat mundane words possess a sense of universality. We all understand and share the dream of tomorrow remaining bright and trouble free. Still, there is another side to the words that suggest that each individual only becomes a part of an economical system, a cog in a wheel of a seemingly meaningless giant machine of society. And that image can slowly eat its way into our consciousness like a virus. Maybe we find ourselves in a situation where everything has improved on the surface and yet our lives have become empty and meaningless?

When Did You Last Support Good Tentacle Porn and Sexist Free Monsters?

Vision forum member Lo-Fi Cherry is a Berlin based independent porn producer and now you can support her work. She gives workshops in porn scriptwriting and feminist strategies connected to porn work. The feminist tentacle porn is produced as 5-10 minutes long episodes. Exploring different ways to express feminine bodies and desires through surrealism, science-fiction, monster references, obscenity and humour. The feminist tentacle porn

… is science-fiction porn starring a female sex predator
… highlights the monster fun qualities of the female body
… puts female sensations and desires over beauty

The Japanese sub-genre ”tentacle porn" has developed several ideas of what counts as a tentacle. Octopuses, cyborg-arms, alien limbs, hair, branches and roots. The thing they have in common is the fact that they all try to look and act like a human penis.

Lo-Fi Cherry calls for the rise of an equally predatory monster as the ones existing in traditional tentacle porn, but equipped with tentacles referring to female anatomy. Don't miss this opportunity!

V8skan at the Nobel Museum

V8skan has been developed by artist Per Hüttner in collaboration with the Turkish curator Fatos Üstek and focuses on eight laureates in chemistry, physics, medicine, economics, and literature 1927-2009. The work draws inspiration from popular science and board games in order to suggest a new interface for visits to the museum and novel ways to discover the Nobel laureates’ discoveries and philosophies.

The project is made up of eight specially designed briefcases that offer a starting point for a collaborative process. Each briefcase has been created for a group of 2-6 people and the visitor can choose which laureate to work with based on their personal interests. Together the members of group develop thoughts and discussions with the starting point in a given laureate and his/her universe.

During the month of May 2015, you can try V8skan every Tuesday at 5.15 the Nobel Museum (free entrance.)

Deptocratic Identities, Performative Networkings in Berlin

Long term Vision Forum member Cecilia Ahlqvist is creating a new particpatory performance for Deptocratic Identities, Performative Networkings in Berlin.

Netting the Work is a project that merges performative interventions, political insecurities, psychological frameworks and a process-oriented timeline both in Berlin (DE) and Besançon (FR) during the MPA-B in May and Excentricités Performance Festival in April respectively.

It is an experimental journey, a constitutive organism made of gestures related to locational, national and international artistic identities through the prism of illusions, disillusions and a priori convictions or uncertainties.

It is an embedded experience based on the examination of notions such as “Networking” in the context of political, financial and industrial practices, whilst examining the Artistic Identity as a cipher for the evolution of one’s “Self” connected to a globalised nowhere. 

During the project artists from the North and South of Deptocratic Europe are going to perform, attempting to relate their physical displacement, the subjective view of specific surroundings and their impact. The variation in artistic expression induced by changing spaces and travelling using performative modes, will allow them to attempt a translation and transformation of the complex reality of multiculturalism through Displacement and Networking.

Blinds - Rita Nettelstad at KSM Lab, Norrköping

Vision Forum is proud to announce Rita Nettelstads's solo project, Blinds at KSM Lab in Norrköping.

Rita Nettelstad will show a series of works from 2012 - 15. The work has been developed in dialogue with Bo Eckebrink who is blind. The exhibition gives us a curious impressions of the limits of both seeing, experiencing along with the boundaries of language. 

 The installation is made up of two videos where the two discuss and work together. They take turns filming and drawing and describing the world to each other. Nettelstad also shows a series of drawings that Eckebrink has drawn from verbal descriptions that she has given him of her own abstract work
If you want to hear more about the project click here (Swedish only.)

Private view – 10 April, 14-17. The exhibition is open until May 3, KSM Lab, Norrköpings Stadsmuseum, Holmbrogränd, Norrköping, Sweden.

Norrköping Air is Moving Forward

We are very happy to announce that our residency Norrköping Air has been rewarded a grant from Nordic Culture Point which means that we can invite artists for the residency in 2015. Since we got this wonderful news rather late, we will not be able to launch an open call this year.

The structure will be somewhat different this year. We will have two artists in residency in July, August and September. On top of that, we will offer a series of shorter residencies that last for one or two weeks. We will also create a series of events in collaboration with the Linköpings universitet in the region of Östergötland. We will shortly announce this year's residents and the other events. So keep year eyes peeled on this blog and the Norrköping Air blog.

Dépaysement - Vilda Siurblyte at KSM-lab

Dépaysement is a French word for the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country. It is the unsteady feeling you get when you are away from your home; a sense of disorientation due to experience of unfamiliar surroundings.

Dépaysement is a change of scenery — a person in an unusual setting, an unknown environment or in an unexpected situation. Appropriated from anthropology. Dépaysement is defined as the experience of (re)seeing familiar object in different way.

Vilda Siurblyte has been working on a photographic project for the last six months and Dépaysement is the outcome of this process. She shows less than a dozen photographs from Östergötland where she has used analogue camera, scanned the images and often added text to the black and white imagery.