Lecture by Jonas Dahlberg

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Video still, Weightless Space, courtesy Jonas Dahlberg

Video still, Weightless Space, courtesy Jonas Dahlberg

Presented as part of the 2015 Student Lecture Series

Jonas Dahlberg lives and works in Stockholm. He studied architecture at Lunds Technical High School, and received his M.F.A. from the Malmö Art Academy in 2000. Since then he has worked on developing a series of videos that primarily consist of slow movements through architectural spaces. The videos are created by building miniaturised architectural sets that are filmed through experimental methods.

In addition to video and video installation, his practice includes public art works, sculptures, commissions, book projects and photography. In June 2012, Dahlberg's concept and set design for an opera production of Guiseppe Verdi's Macbeth debuted at the Grand Theatre in Geneva.

In February 2014 Dahlberg was announced the winner in the closed competition for the 22 July Memorial at Sørbråten and in Oslo, Norway. The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation. It slices from the top of the headland at the Sørbråten site, to below the water line and extends to each side. This void in the landscape makes it impossible to reach the end of the headland.

Through his installations, be they video or otherwise, Jonas Dahlberg works with space. Architecture is addressed as a political place that influences how we understand ourselves, and how the body and mind experience the outside world.

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