During 2016, the educational art residence ‘New Perspectives on the Town’ took place in Kungsbacka, where parts of the town centre are growing, changing and being refurbished/remodelled. Stockholm-based artist Ingela Johansson had been invited to reflect on town centre transformations using her artistic ways of working.
Ingela Johansson on her assignment.
“My method has been to listen to personal stories of the individuals of Kungsbacka, stories of committing to something greater than themselves, micro-stories from the people that have soldiered on in the periphery of the norm. The last intact lead printers in northern Europe, which was run by Norra Halland newspaper until 1991, will later on this autumn be re-opened in a temporary exhibition and newly produced newspaper designed by Maryam Fanni. Contributions have been made by Catharina Gabrielsson, lector of urban development and docent of architecture at School of Architecture KTH, Catharina Törn, docent of Cultural Studies at the Institution of Cultural Studies, Gothenburg University, Linnéa Eriksson, poet, Frida Sandström, artist and writer and Camilla Schultz, active and committed member of “United for Kungsbacka”, “Save Tölö Kronopark” and the fairtrade store Tuvan etc. Filmmaker Camilla Topuntoli and I have worked together on a video essay about and with the different waste and environmental groups and their commitment to handle atom waste and the nuclear industry after the populist social movement in 1980.”
In conjunction with this residence, a full-day seminar on town planning was organised on 14 October 2016. This was called ‘C – artistic methods in town planning’. This seminar was about how artistic methods can engage and involve citizens, town planners and politicians in the development of the town and was particularly aimed at people working with town progression and development processes in the building trade, public services, politics or in the art world. Participants, to name but a few: Catharina Gabrielsson, lector of urban development and docent of architecture at School of Architecture KTH – Catharina Thörn, docent of cultural studies at the Institution of Cultural Sciences, Gothenburg University – Ingela Johansson, artist in residence – Linnéa Eriksson, poet – Lisa Torell, artist and artistic researcher (The Norwegian Artistic Research program) – Per Hasselberg, operational manager at Folkrörelsernas Konstfrämjande.
Filmed lectures from the seminar ‘Other eyes on the city’ (sv).
Please note! When the lecture is over, the next one follows directly in a total of eight parts.
Exhibition – Kungsbacka Copper Beech
Between 15-23 October 2016, the old lead printers of northern Halland opened their doors to the public once more, where a filmed presentation of Ingela Johansson’s residence work, Eternal Scar, was being shown. Furthermore, the visitors were given her magazine Kungsbacka Copper Beech and during the exhibition period, a film about Northern Halland printing house, the last lead printers in Europe as of 1988, was screened and representatives from the association Friends of the Old Printing House were offering guided tours of the printing house
Order the Kungsbacka Copper Beech magazine
Ingela Johansson’s magazine Kungsbacka Copper Beech contains texts from Ingela Johansson, artist – Camilla Schultz, from the association United for Kungsbacka; a platform for local collaborative organisation – Catharina Thörn, docent of cultural studies at the Institution of Cultural Sciences, Gothenburg University – Frida Sandström, journalist, writer, artist and tutor – Linnéa Eriksson, poet – Catharina Gabrielsson, lector of urban development and docent of architecture at the School of Architecture KTH – Maryam Fanni, graphic designer. In this magazine, there is also a discussion between Ingela Johansson, Ingegärd Jonsson, Carina Berglund and Kerstin Ekman on the shop called Tuvan Ekolivs and the Save Tölö Kronopark association.
Should you wish to have a copy of your own, simply drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a complimentary copy will be sent to you.
The project and the seminar was organised by the Culture & Leisure authority at Kungsbacka Town Council in partnership with Art in Halland/Halland Art Museum and the Region Halland authority.