2018-2019 ArkDes Fellowship
The inaugural ArkDes Call for Fellows surrounding the theme, Projecting the Future, held between February and March 2018, attracted over 200 applications by practitioners, researchers, educators, artists and communicators. A total of three Fellows, selected by an international jury, joined ArkDes for a six month period between September 2018 and February 2019.
While each application addressed the theme, Projecting the Future, proposals covered a wide array of themes focused on future visions for tackling challenges in built and non-urban environments. An international jury comprising Behzad Khosravi Noori (Konstfack), Liza Fior (muf architecture and art), Maria Lind (formerly Tensta Konsthall) and Nikolaus Hirsch (e-flux architecture), and chaired by ArkDes Director Kieran Long, collectively assessed proposals during a seminar at ArkDes in April 2018.
Below is an outline of the three 2018-2019 ArkDes Fellows selected, their projects, and testimonies of their ArkDes Fellowship experience.
Projecting Futures for Exploited Environments: Staying with the Pit (of Malmberget, Sweden)
Karin Reisinger teaches at Vienna University of Technology (Institute of Art and Design) on Arts in Changing Environments and Intersectional Feminisms for Architecture. She previously undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in Critical Studies in Architecture at the KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2016-2017). During her KTH postdoc fellowship and time at ArkDes, she investigated the gendered ecologies of mining societies in regular exchange with the local community. Her Fellowship work is published in ‘Introduktion: En feministisk kartografi över ett växande hål’ in PLAN, Issue 6-7 (2018) and in the chapter ‘materialflöden’ in om inte vi gör det gör någon annan det (2019). Furthermore, Karin donated her work Lifelike Appendix to the Archive no. 1 to the ArkDes Collections to make it accessible.
“For me, the biggest treasure I am taking from the ArkDes Fellowship is that I was given the freedom to further develop my research practice methodologically, in dialogue with the archive and the research unit during many creative encounters. Thus, I could develop formats of (research) practice which are all about mining and yet counteract knowledge extractivism.” – Karin Reisinger
Al-Madhafah: The Living Room
Sandi Hilal, born in Bethlehem, Palestine, is based in Stockholm. Together with Alessandro Petti, Sandi has developed a research project based on artistic practice that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality. In their practice, contemporary art exhibitions are concurrently a site of display, material production, research, and political imagination. The pair have participated in various international exhibitions, among them the Biennale di Venezia (2003-2008-2009-2013-2015), the Istanbul Design Biennial (2009), Home Works Beirut (2010), the Bienal de São Paulo (2014), the Asian Art Biennial (2015), the Marrakesh Biennial (2016) and Qalandia International (2016), alongside others.
“The Fellowship at ArkDes coincided with an intense moment of transition in my life and artistic practice. The Fellowship coincided with the move of my work and personal life to Sweden, leaving behind or bringing with me more than 15 years of practice in Palestine. The Fellowship also coincided with the initiation of the project the Living Room: the right to host in Sweden, both in Boden and in the Public Luxury exhibition at ArkDes. In such a moment of transition the Fellowship was fundamental in giving me some space and time to reflect upon my own practice. I lived the Fellowship as a moment of break, of silence, in the middle of a long messiness that was surrounding me. During the Fellowship I was part of the bigger ArkDes family and specifically had a great intellectual and friendship exchange with my other two Fellows. In addition to that I managed to put down a long proposal together with my Fellow Sara Brolund de Carvalho on how to imagine the continuation of the Living Room in Sweden. Moreover, I activated the Living Room in the Public Luxury exhibition at ArkDes. It has been nothing else but a great productive experience.” – Sandi Hilal
Sara Brolund de Carvalho/ Action Archive
Utopia in Action: Co-Housing in the Future?
Sara Brolund de Carvalho is an artist, filmmaker, architect and educator based in Stockholm. Since 2013 she has been leading the research group “Action Archive”, together with researchers from the KTH School of Architecture. They have developed participatory historical records through public actions that bring together diverse actors and a public around urban cultural, historical, and political issues by employing experimental research formats such as witness seminars, walks, films, re-enactments, and collective time-space mappings. She is currently a studio grant holder at Iaspis in Stockholm (October 2019-March 2020).
“The ArkDes Fellowship provided an invaluable infrastructure to my project. The Fellowship meant for me both time for longer reflection as well as the possibilities to come in contact with many interesting experts both at ArkDes and in the field at large. ArkDes also provided me the possibility to hold a public seminar about the Swedish group BiG (Bo i Gemenskap/”Living in Community”) which has been an important step in the development of my project. To have had Fellow colleagues to share ideas with on a daily basis was also inspiring and contributed to an overall fantastic experience at ArkDes.” – Sara Brolund de Carvalho