Artistic Strategy & Workers’ Struggle in london

An exchange between Giovanni Rubino and Aria Spinelli with input from Migrant Workers Education Group and Proyecto Sur.

On 6th March, MayDay Rooms will host a discussion between the Milan-based Italian artist, Giovanni Rubino and independent curator and researcher, Aria Spinelli. This exchange will link a long-term collaborative research project investigating the history of radical art in Milan in the 1970′s with current forms of workers’ struggle in Britain and the role of what might be called ‘artistic strategies’ today. This latter will be addressed by members of the Migrant Workers Education Group and a Chilean representative from Proyecto Sur (tbc).

Marco Pasi and OuUnPo on the end of the World.

After the XIV OuUnPo research session in Stockholm entitled the Fugue, OuUnPo member Marco Pasi sent the following note to the other members of the network:

When I got back home from Stockholm it occurred to me that I still owed something to the group. Since the session was so inspiring to me, I thought the time had come to pay my dues. As you will remember, in December 2012 we celebrated the end of the world, at least as the Maya would have it. The idea was to convince that beautiful wandering asteroid to kiss our planet through a laser ray of poetry. Much catastrophe, very little heritage! I had collected all the poems you had read aloud on that night and which you sent me afterwards. I promised to remix them and I’ve finally done it now. The result is… well, little more than a poetic joke I guess. But it is in the spirit not only of OuUnPo, but also of our ancestor OuLiPo. I took the first verses of the poems you sent me and mixed them all up together. No words were added, no words were taken away. Non-English poems were translated (sort of) literally into Mr. Cameron’s idiom (yeah, right!). I only hesitated between dicks and bees, and went for the latter (sorry Natasha!). Dicks are good of course (although sometimes they can be full of shit), but bees sound more poetic to my old-fashioned ear.

And here is the original call from December 2012:

Klas Eriksson in Stockholm


Christian Larsen presents the exhibition "Up the Public Spirit" by OuUnPonian Klas Eriksson.

Eriksson, born in 1976 and educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, has received both public and critical acclaim for his spectacular performances with flares and colored smoke bombs in public spaces.

For this exhibition, the artist has produced a series of abstract paintings that bear deliberate references to the Swedish national romanticism and landscape painting. Instead of paint, Eriksson uses colored smoke bombs and various medium applied directly on the canvas. The colored smoke is also found in the accompanying photographic series, in which various performances in urban and rural environments in Sweden are documented. The idea of a Nation snapping, or disappearing into thin air, runs through the entire exhibition, whose centerpiece is a large sculptural work that is strongly symbolic and straightforward in it’s perceived simplicity.

(Kihlberg)Henry on INFRA

Please take a moment to watch this wonderful video about working together!!!

More about INFRA from Kihlberg and Henry on Vimeo.

Creativity, art and science

 by Gustav Nilsonne, MD, PhD

The 14th session of the OuUnPo art festival on the theme the “fugue" has been concluded. A fugue in psychiatry is a state of dissociation, often with amnesia. A series of performances and events have investigated the fugue from different perspectives. Interaction between art and science has been an important theme. As an observer with a background in science, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the artworks and discussions during the session.

What is it like to have a psychotic episode? One early change, it seems, is that some sensory stimuli begin to take on new meaning. Sounds and smells that are usually quite trivial begin to acquire greater importance. This can be confusing and scary. Elaborate delusions can follow as patients try to make sense of their experience. For instance, in order to explain unusual smells, patients may decide that someone must be pumping gas into their living space.

Fabien Guillermont at KSM Lab in Norrköping

Vision Forum is proud to announce Fabien Guillermont's solo project at KSM Lab in Norrköping.

Private view – 12 /February, 18-20h, exhibition is open until March 12, KSM Lab, Norrköpings Stadsmuseum, Holmbrogränd, Norrköping, Sweden.

Part 4 : The Greeting

"THE NEW IDOL" is a multiple video installation by French artist Fabien Guillermont that is inspired by the structure and style of Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". The book is built on aphorisms and neither follows the narrative of a novel nor the classical form of philosophical writing. Guillermont has used a similar approach in his film in order get a deeper understanding of how moving images affect us and our values.

An experimental critique by Freddie Ross on the installation by Fabien Guillermont

In conjunction with Fabien Guillermont's installation of The New Idol at KSM-lab Freddie Ross has written an experimental critique of the work and that reflects on their mutual travels to Kiruna and northern Sweden. We invite you to a journey....


 I did not expect that just offering someone a seat at a bar would lead all the way to the polar circle. It did not take many beers that night for us to realize that we were, in a lot of ways, kindred spirits even though we came from different backgrounds. He with a bachelor degree in law from a country which has mastered the art of making snails taste good. I, on the other hand, have a bachelor degree in cultural studies from a country which greatest achievement is perfecting queuing and making it a national sport. These differences are, however, only superficial. We are both part of the same generation, a generation that has been told from an early age that we could grow up to become whatever we want. This is an encouraging way of parenting, with the heart in the right place, so to speak. Sadly, the world does look a little bit different these days and a lot of people get their dreams crushed on a daily bases. Hell, they have even made it into a subplot in numerous TV shows. The good news is that this has not given rise to a generation of megalomaniacs who's greatest desire is to become a king or a queen. Then again, who the fuck would!? No, this has given rise to entire generations of people who wish to become artists, actors, bloggers, writers, singers, dancers,  directors,  designers, game developers, reality-TV stars and, of course, real estate agents. We are no exception to the rule.