Ohya Rica, Japan
I call myself a “time and site specific artist”.
For I stick to my philosophy;
Create on an open-air site.
Use natural local materials.
Accepting the nature and time there, eventually let my work return to earth.
My intention is to visualize the ephemerality of life. Also, to highlight how precious life is, even in the decaying process.
Gunilla Bandolin, Sweden
I make places in the city or nature. Places that invite people to do things that they do not necessarily do in their everyday lives: Perform, take a bath, name children, have a party. My sculptures exists somewhere in-between architecture, land art and landscape. I call them social places.
Magdalena Dziurlikowska, Sweden
The core of her works are staged documentaries where she observe herself with a sharp eye. Her issues and her artistic practice si mixed with both black humor and a serious depth. Through her projects she examines the modern subjectivity where the individual is obsessed by the personal.
Basir Mahmood, Pakistan
Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. In order to engage with situations around him, he ponders upon embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal milieu. Using video, film or photograph, Mahmood weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives.
Anthony Clair Wagner, Austria
Wagner questions and transgresses cultural boundaries between male and female, human and animal, culture and nature. His embodiment of monstrosity is an effort to question the normative limits forced on the human by society and culture. it visualizes both the horror and the allure of the monstrous other in an effort to question the restrictions of the human. The work is motivated by personal experiences and includes autobiographic elements.
Sisters of Jam - Moa & Mikaela Krestesen, Sweden
We are sisters and we are colleagues.
Since 2008, Sisters of Jam have been working in interdisciplinary art projects using multiple media – photography, video, drawing, installation and text – in an ongoing investigation of community, solitude, historiography and continuity.
Their work seeks to address a feminist dialogue over generations and geographies. A dialogue that is both virtual and allegorical; that reaches backwards and forwards and at the same time tells us something new. Sisters of Jam use collaborative work methods to overcome boundaries of genres and become wider, greater and stronger.
Siri Hermansen, Norway
Cinematographer, photographer and installation artist Siri Hermansen is an open and curious explorer. She intrepidly seeks out unique and often remote places for stories of local and global significance. Her aesthetic is an intimate one, which sees the artist form close and palpable relationships with her subjects.
Isabelle Fremeaux(Birkbeck), John Jordan and
Kypros Kyprianou, France, UK
We had had enough of our lives in London: a couple in a flat, constantly staring at computer screens, always hooked into the internet, never using our hands to make things, rarely touching living systems, consuming too much energy, and working too hard. Despite being activists in the direct action ecological justice movements, we felt there was a chasm between our words and our deeds. Our protests had always been models of non-hierarchical, ecological life – reclaim the streets parties, the rebel clown army, summit mobilizations, and so on – but they were just temporary, cracks in capitalism that closed up as soon as we returned home.
We wanted to find a way to change our lives radically, despite capitalism. So we set off on a journey, seven months on the road visiting eleven Utopian communities across Europe. We wanted to taste other ways of loving and eating, producing and sharing things, deciding together and rebelling, ones that lasted longer than sparks in the dark.
Matti Sumari, Finland
His artworks usually have a social dimension, as in an official library of discarded books or in a second hand restaurant with a coarse arranged from thrown away groceries. Sumari enters from the premisses that everything produced eventually ends up in a dumpster and can thus be reclaimed. He elevates found material to, for example, a mobile sculpture for composting - constructed out of an oil drum and found bikes that he dragged out of the river. By picking up the leftovers from the metabolism of the city, he takes part in a parasitic relationship to the steady flow of waste from society.
Kristoffer Palmgren, Sweden
One of the strongest emotions I experienced in my life was when I realized that everything is owned. Everywhere I walk: the hill, the tree, the grass, etc, is a property of somebody. I do not know why, but a lot of magic disappeared that day. I can not remove that feeling from inside of me, as it rubs up against me everyday. I wish some times that I would just have kept my eyes closed. A co-worker once got the advice: Do not look at the stars, some things are not meant to be understood. But that feels kind of lame. I want do dig around in what for me seems like reality, the places that have not been covered in concrete. At those times it is nice to look up, outwards. Away from this small sphere. See the celestial bodies that nobody owns, all free in that black swamp.
Lisa Busby, United Kingdom
In her capacity as a practicing musician, artist and researcher Lisa’s works spans the audio, visual and tactile/interactive; and in the past has incorporated a wide variety of media. Her work deliberately challenges notions of discipline specific categorisation and dissemination, placing itself across the boundaries of fine art, performance and pop music/culture. Her work has been presented in locations as diverse as nightclubs, music festivals, galleries, record shop windows and a haberdasher’s cutting table.
As a musician and sound artist she is a member of the electronic pop outfit Sleeps in Oysters and noise-improv group Rutger Hauser. She also works as a solo artist and experimental DJ under the artist pseudonyms Lisa Sleeps and Mary and Polly. In gallery and site-specific contexts she explores the potential of popular music in installation and performance art. Most recently her output has concerned exploring unusual settings and locations, equipment and techniques in experimental DJ practice.
Agnieszka Kozlowska, Poland
My practice stems from experiments in the medium of photography and is driven by a fascination with the moment of photographic exposure, when a tangible link is formed between the light-sensitive surface and the physical world. Constructing primitive cameras, using historical photographic processes and making paper, I explore the status of a photograph as a physical trace rather than purely an image. I’m interested in how such unique photographic objects affected by rays of light reflected off the scene in front of the lens can signify that which escapes pictorial representation, for example embodied perception of the environment or durational experience of long distance walking. In the recently completed practice-led PhD I propose photography, a natural phenomenon that takes place essentially independently of human intervention, as a tool for representing what some cultural geographers have termed the more-than-human, sensuous dimensions of our interaction with the surrounding world.
Erik Mikael Gudrunsson, Sweden
I work with trying to depict northern landscapes and the exploitation of the natural resources in the north of Sweden; inquiries into how we are affected by the industrial transformation of the nature and landscape. My works are primarily photographic and take place over greater periods of time to track events and/or places.
Ignacio García Sánchez, Spain
Born in Madrid, currently living in Berlin. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg.
Since 2009 his work has been shown in galleries like Marta Cervera (Madrid), PM8 (Vigo) or Luis Adelantado (Valencia). He has participated in exhibitions in Sala de Arte Joven, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Centro de Arte Complutense and Museo de la Ciudad, in Madrid; as well as in other venues in Spain and abroad: in Barcelona, León, Ourense, Valdepeñas, Alovera, México DF, Guatemala, Hamburg or Berlin.
Mark Salvatus, Phillipines
salvatus lives and works in Manila & Lucban, Philippines. He graduated cum laude at the UST College of Fine Arts and Design. His works deals with familiar objects, chance encounters, urbanism and everyday politics that cross various media from drawings, installations, photography, video, street art to interactive and participatory projects.
Antti Laitinen, Finland
Antti Laitinen’s works begin with a plan, but the final pieces are usually the result of circumstances and outcomes beyond his control. Laitinen, who has a background in photography and multimedia art, primarily stages performances that he then documents or records. Many of his projects involve open-ended, experimental, or durational activities; previous undertakings have included a photographic series produced while Laitinen lived in a forest without clothes, food, or water; rowing across bodies of water in various self-fashioned vessels; and drawings made by pressing his sweaty body on a surface. Disparate as his works are, they explore recurring themes of chance, endurance, communion with nature, absurd humor, and the passage of time.
Kaspars Lielgalvis, Latvia
Since 2010 he is developing the Artists Run Art Centre "Totaldobže" in former factory VEF, in Riga.
Since 2011 developing his main current art project "Black Holes".
SUPERFLEX is an artist collective, active since 1993, and consisting of Rasmus Nielsen (1969), Jakob Fenger (1968) and Björnstjerne Christiansen (1969), who works with international collaborative partners for specific projects, covering issues such as power, democracy and self-organization. Projects have been realized in places such as Thailand, Europe and Brazil in an attempt to uncover and question governing economical structures and shift the balance between producer and consumer.
Erik Sjödin, Sweden
The works of Erik Sjödin circulates around interdependencies, relations in-between human and nature as well as questions of being and becoming. The projects he runs carry the characteristics of exploration and merge many diverse disciplines and fields of study. His works has included humans relationship to fire, cooking food from the Azolla plant as well as to construct housing for pollinators.
Ulla Thøgersen, Sweden
My work is a performance, based on the gifts of nature. I intend to collect edible plants to cook and share. I will collect lost textiles to dress up in. Two ideas are struggling against each other in my disorganized brain; To use a Triangia stove for making many small interventions in Umeå or to make one big intervention with a military cooking wagon.
Gustav Hillbom & Erik Viklund, Sweden
Gustav Hillbom (1982, Gällivare). Works as an artist and documentary film maker. He is educated at Konstfack, Stockholm and Parsons, New York. Currenly living in Umeå.
Erik Viklund (1982, Luleå). Photographer, currently studying Fine Arts at Valand, Gothenburg.
Swetlana Heger-Davis, Czech Rep./Austria
Heger (1968), deals with inquiries surrounding capitalism, power and ideology, in particular how conceptions such as these manifest in visual communication, design or fashion.
John Söderberg, Sweden
Part of me is sculptor and part of me is inventor. I use any material but mostly wood and mainly materials that I find in my near environment, like in the forest or at the city dump. I make things with a strong physical or mental need, not separated from my life, and sometimes my life in a way turns into art. My last big project was a bicycle caravan that would function as my home during my travel to the region of Jämtland in Sweden.
Emma-Lina Ericson, Sweden
Ericson paints suggestive sceneries through musical arrangements and polyphonic narrations. Real stories and the self-experienced are reorganized and presented as melodies witnessing about facts and repetetative questions. Often formed into installations, or thematical "landscapes", Ericson weavs together her own singing, images and objects, opened for a visitor to enter och even merge with. With a interest in our communicative possibilities, limitations and misunderstandings, Emma-Lina Ericson uncovers the inner conversations of each of us as well as the society at large.
Chto Delat, Russia
The collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) was founded in early 2003 by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism.
The group was constituted in May 2003 in St. Petersburg in an action called “The Refoundation of Petersburg.” Shortly afterwards, the original, as yet nameless core group began publishing an international newspaper called Chto Delat?. The name of the group derives from a novel by the Russian 19th century writer Nikolai Chernyshevsky, which might bring to mind the first socialist worker’s self-organizations in Russia, which Lenin actualized in his own publication, “What is to be done?” (1902). Chto Delat? sees itself as a self-organized platform for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing “knowledge production” through redefinitions of an engaged autonomy for cultural practice today.
My Villages, DE, UK, NL
The work shown during this festival is named Umeå Pantry, based on the concept from My Villages. The founders of My Villages all grew up in small rural communities: the artists Kathrin Böhm (DE/UK), Wapke Feenstra (NL) and Antje Schiffers (DE). they now live respectively in London, Rotterdam and Berlin. In 2003 they started to work as an artist cooperation. For years they had chatted about the farms and villages where they grew up. Their participatory art practice presents an utopian approach to community building.
Zanele Muholi, South Africa
Muholi, who describes herself as a "visual activist," has spent years documenting the lives of black lesbians and transgender people in South Africa. "We live in fear," Muholi said. "And what are we doing about it? You have to document. You are forced to document."
Her projects, are meant to increase the visibility of gay and transgender individuals in black communities. By producing a multitude of powerful, positive portraits, she seeks to alter the cultural conversation in countries like South Africa and beyond. For Survival Kit, she is showing the film "Difficult Love".
Joost Conijn, The Netherlands
Joost Conijn re-invents himself in every artwork he makes. His work is the expression of the conversations he has with himself. He moves through life with an independent attitude; inspired, deliberately uninhibited. "Life is about challenges and overcoming fear. My work begins with the irresistible desire to move. It is about single-handedly creating opportunities, realizing plans, putting everything into effect for a moment of perfection." Conijn sets up a gate in the desert that opens automatically. Takes off in a plane that he built himself. Travels through Easter Europe in a wood-powered car made of wood, all the way to the Chernobyl zone. Films the neighbourhood kids for a year, capturing their life on the fringes of society. Improves his plane and then crashes it. He films a writer, confronting him with detailed questions, because he has to write a book himself. Joost re-connects us to the intensity of every first experience.
Akram Al Halabi, Austria / Golan Heights
Atsuko Otsuka, Japan