Stoff 2013 / SITE SPECIFIC offering / WED – SAT

Riptide_ Ine Claes & Aloun Marchal RIPTIDE A man & a woman have their feet in the water, seized by an intimate world. Their steps are recognizable & courageous, then mysteriously dangerous, sometimes playful & surprising. The quiet water keeps them together, but the undertow can be fierce. FRIDAY 23rd  Time 16.00 & 19.00 on the BEACH at Ralambshovsparken

weronika_cegielska_stop_staring_it's_not_polite Stop Staring. It’s Not Polite 9 (Poland) We are all voyeurs. Everyday. Concept & choreography: Weronika Cegielska. Dance: Paula Quintas Santos, Vita Oldershaw. Assistant Director: Tomek Szczepaniak website: / Location: Children’s Library on the 4th floor KULTURHUSET STADSTEATERN Dates and times & location: Thu, 22.08, 17.45, Meeting point for the audience – 5th floor escalator, Fri, 23.08, 18.45 and 19.45, Meeting point for the audience – 5th floor escalator, Sat, 24.08, 18.15, Meeting point for the audience – 5th floor escalator Project supported by the POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE

The S.I. Witkiewicz Portrait Painting Firm_ Sheena Malone The S.I. Witkiewicz Portrait Painting Firm (Ireland) Established in Poland in the 1920s as a parody of a commercial enterprise, the Firm are re-opening their offices for a limited period in Stockholm. Various grades of portraits will be on offer from the ‘sprucedup-up-type’ to the caffeine assisted. Pay for show by he door / on location. Thursday-Friday-Saturday/ 12-6 each day / One person per hour / Last appointment at 6pm.

WAVES Waves by Camille Lacroix & Flora Detraz (France) An audio walk for 5 performers & 20 walkers. This project was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s The Waves & will take place in both urban & natural spaces. Show dates: 21, 22, 23 & 24 of Aug @ 6 pm. Meeting spot:  in front of Barnängsbryggan, Norra Hammarbyhamnen. Directions: Bus 55, stop: Färjeläget, 10 minutes walk from metro Skanstull. We advise to reserve via  contact@compagniepli.orgPerformance limited to 20 spectators. Performed in english. Free participation

Milkwood_ Eleonora Parrello:Rosa Lanzaro:LeCittàSottili Milkwood by Eleonora Parrello/Rosa Lanzaro/LeCitt.Sottili (Italy) A site-specific performance created for/within a wood. It is an experience of artistic sound, choreographic research that develops from the immersion in a wood & its geographical/spatial features to unfold in the meeting between man & nature in the uniqueness of its appearances. Djurgarden on the 24/8 @ 14.00/16.00/18.00 / Facebook event 

Disquiet_ Héctor Eguía. Disquiet by Hector Eguia (Mexico) DISQUIET is an unusual theater evening in a hotel room. Based on Fernando Pessoa´s “The Book of Disquiet” (which never existed, strictly speaking, and can never exist) this is a site-specific show where the audience is invited to share the private room of Bernardo Soares. A haunting mosaic of dreams, psychological notations, fragments of literary theory and criticism of the reality.

Exploring Pessoa in this context allows for new ways of relating between spectators, space and performer.

The show is for only 5 guests each time, so it is important to book in advance. E-mail your booking  where you say time and day you would like to come, please write your telephone number when you book your ticket. We will send you back an SMS as a confirmation of your booking. You can pay just before the show.

Show dates/time: 21st @ 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 and the 22nd @ 16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00. To find out more please visit the Facebook event  Tickets: 100kr / Location: Hotel Ornskold

A Feast of Girls_ Kultureliten A Feast of Girls by Hanna (Sweden) You’re invited to make a choice & you choose fear. You come alone & you come to realize that you might get very scared. A Feast of Girls explores the unsettling & the uncanny.(Show presented in Swedish) Shows: are last half hour and will kick off once every half hour from 13.00-21.00. This is a one on one show / Tickets: Go to or e-mail us to book a time slot. You set the admission fee level. Location: Norrtullsgatan 12 N, Tube: Odenplan.

Riptide_ Ine Claes & Aloun Marchal RipTide A man & a woman have their feet in the water, seized by an intimate world. Their steps are recognisable & courageous, then mysteriously dangerous, sometimes playful & surprising. The quiet water keeps the together, but the undertow can be fierce. Location: Sergels Torg, show times  TBC

depARTments_LOGO_editions_6aDepARTments 6

August 22-24, 2013, Fittja, Botkyrka STOFF  / Transkaukazja / Living Spaces: Fittja Artists: Łukasz Skąpski, Taus Makhacheva, Aleksi Soselia, Group Tetsi (Aleksi Soselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, Tata Muskhelishvili, George Spanderashvili) and Ruben Arevshatyan. Curator: Kaja Pawełek In collaboration with Residence Botkyrka, Botkyrka Konsthall, Multicultural Centre in Fittja and the Polish Institute in Stockholm The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland Residence_logo_1000

August 22, Thursday 12.00 – 20.00 Łukasz Skąpski / The Red Line/ video screening / Kulturhuset / STOFF 12.00 – 16.00 Aleksi Soselia / public installation / Fittja / at the lake next to the grill site 12.00 – 14.00 Taus Makhacheva / The Fast and the Furious / video screening / Fittja / Residence Botkyrka, Krögarvägen 26 (apartment, ground floor) 12.00 – 14.00 Galaqtion Ersitavi / video screening / Fittja / Multicultural Centre / Fittja gård historical building / first floor 14.00 -15.00 Tetsi Group / presentation and talk / Fittja / wooden table at the lake next to the grill site August 23, Friday 12.00 – 20.00 Łukasz Skąpski / The Red Line/ video screening / Kulturhuset / STOFF 12.00 – 16.00 Aleksi Soselia / public installation / Fittja / bridge behind the subway station 12.00 – 14.00 Taus Makhacheva / The Fast and the Furious / video screening / Residence Botkyrka, Krögarvägen 26 (apartment, ground floor) 12.00 – 14.00 Galaqtion Ersitavi / video screening / Fittja / Multicultural Centre / Fittja gård historical building / first floor 14.00 – 15.30 Ruben Arevshatyan / Save Cinema Moscow Open Air Hall or Rereading the Paradoxes of Soviet and Post Soviet Armenian Public Consciousness / lecture/ Residence Botkyrka, Krögarvägen 26 (apartment, ground floor) August 24, Saturday 12.00 – 20.00 Łukasz Skąpski / The Red Line/ video screening / Kulturhuset / STOFF ( (Foaje 3)) 12.00 – 20.00 Aleksi Soselia / public installation / Kulturhuset / STOFF  (Foaje 3) 12.00 – 20.00 Taus Makhacheva / The Fast and the Furious / video screening/ Kulturhuset / STOFF  (Foaje 3) 12.00 – 20.00 Galaqtion Ersitavi / video screening / Kulturhuset / STOFF (Foaje 3)

DepARTments, a site specific project in Fittja aims to create a unique, intimate travel through various locations in the neighbourhood, with a paralell narration developed by the artworks, screenings and talks by the artists from Georgia, Armenia, Dagestan, Poland and Sweden. Fittja, originally part of the 1960s The Million Programme governmental housing project has currently very multicultural population with ca. one hundred languages spoken. A kind of an island from the central perspective, it seems to be the ideal place to pose questions about the future of architectural and urban environments once shaped by the modernist ideas; living models under transformation; as well as sense of home, community and belonging. This is a point of connection with the post-soviet heritage of the Caucasus countries – often fascinating as bold architectural forms, but also turning more and more into question marks addressing the future. Going beyond the rhetoric of identifying ‘problems’, it is worth considering the potential and challenge those modern forms from the past represent, since it seems that they are on the verge of second-life social and structural transformation. One can easily reach Fittja by taking the red subway line, directly from the Stockholm’s centre. This travel to the southern neighbourhoods is connected to the changing social and built environment along the way. That axis of Stockholm’s social and class stratification inspired the Polish artist Łukasz Skąpski, who filmed the complete travel by the red line of tunnelbana – from the northern stations, being the synonym for the most wealthy areas, to the southern, populated mostly by immigrants ‘working class’ ones – like Fittja or Norsborg. The artist asked the passengers about their own living quarters, and through their narrations enabled a subjective image of the city to emerge. Ruben Arevshatyan will present in his talk the paradoxical shifts in collective consciousness and architectural transformations in the post-Soviet era, with a particular focus on Armenia. He will speak about the recent public reaction in Yerevan to the official decision of demolishing the cinema Moscow open-air hall, one of the best examples of late-modernist Armenian architecture of the 1960s. The debate which arouse from that incident concerns not only architecture, its literal symbolic and and political meaning, but also rethinking one’s past.

The Fast and the Furious by Taus Makhacheva is a video based on the artist’s performance in Dagestan (Russian Caucasus), exploring the local rituals and patterns, marked by the men-dominated public sphere. The artist joined the illegal car racing, taking place on a newly built highway, participating in that microcosm, hierarchies and status constant competition on her own terms by entering the scene in a fur-coated 4WD. That bold statement challenges the status quo, and also opens up the potential of transformation of the local cultural landscape. Tetsi Group will present their activities and proposals for the public sphere and a new video work by Galaqtion Eristavi will be presented. Aleksi Soselia, collaborating with Tata Muskhelishvili will place a mobile instrument-sculpture-bench in different locations in Fittja, prompting spontaneous use by the local residents and opening the space for the signals for the future. Visiting the locations and artworks in Fittja should provide an opportunity to move around the neighbourhood and reflect upon the potential and future of that place. Once a radical housing project, it has become a part of the history of raise and fall, and raise again of thinking about the future living spaces.

Artists: Łukasz Skąpski graduated from the painting class at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow. He works with photography, video, installations, objects, etc. In the 1990s light and motion were the main subjects and materials of his work, like one of his best known works: the Devices series. Perfectly made optical instruments were designed to ‘facilitate spiritual experience’ and should be interpreted as a critic of ‘new society’ values. His recent works thematise social and political issues, expressing artist’s civic concerns. In 2001 he co-founded Azorro Supergroup, which has played a significant role in Polish artistic life being institutional critique with quite an ironic view of the art-world practices. Simultaneously he made video works dealing mainly with social and political matters.

Taus Makhacheva studied at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Goldsmiths College and Royal College of Arts in London. She explores the social and cultural landscape of Dagestan, the Russian Caucasus mountains, which is her nascent region. Her works explore a.o. concepts and structures of masculinity, represented in the local rituals such as dog fighting and car racing. Selected exhibitions include: Love me, love me not, a collateral event of the 55. Venice Biennial (2013), Liverpool Biennial (2012), Quarantania, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2012), Migrasophia, Maraya Contemporary Art Centre, Sharjah (2012), Rewriting worlds, 4 Moscow biennale of contemporary art, 2011, Moscow, ArtPlay, Affirmative Action (mimesis), Impronate Contemporary Art, Milan (2011), Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2010) and Aluminium, IV International Biennale Baku (2009). Taus Makchacheva livers and works in Moscow and Makhachkala.

Aleksi Soselia graduated from the informal Master program of photography at Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi in 2011. He works in various media such as photography, graphic design and installation art. In his work he mostly approaches urban and social aspects of the city and its alternative spaces, as well as social and public interactions within environments in transformation. He works individually as well as with the Group Tetsi (with Galaqtion Eristavi and Tata Muskhelishvili).

Tetsi Group (Aleksi Sosselia, Galaqtion Eristavi, Tata Muskhelishvili) has been founded in 2011. The group focuses on art projects in public and social space and aims at integration and awareness of socially relevant issues within the specific environment of Georgia. The main tools used for these projects are based on steady consideration of contemporary discourses and realized through multimedia forms of art mediation, such as audiovisual installations, photography, painting and performance. Group blog

Ruben Arevshatyan is an artist, art critic, independent curator based in Yerevan. Lecturing at the department of Fine Arts in the Armenian Open University and Contemporary Art Institute, Yerevan. In the period of 1997-2004 artistic director of Hay-Art cultural center, Yerevan. Author of numerous critical texts in local and international magazines and publications. Member of the editorial board of e-journal. Curator and associate of local and international projects like “Great Atrophy”, “Parallel Reality”, “Three Tendencies”, “Local Modernities”, “Manuals: Subjects of New Universality” (Armenian National Pavilion in 54 Venice Biennale), Trespassing Modernities, etc… Coauthor and co-curator of ‘The Sweet 60s’ international research project.

Special thanks: Anna Tomaszewska (Polish Institute in Stockholm), Joanna Sandell and Anneli Bäckman (Botkyrka Konsthall), Carin Andersson (Multicultural Centre) Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 07.08.22EU_flag_cult_EN-01 logo_transkaukazja