Sagovolvo (Bella Rune & Jonas Nobel)

Restaurang Allehensrätten

  • 2017, Edition 500, 112 Pages, Coil binding, 24 x 17 cm, Swedish.
  • ISBN 978-91-981854-2-3
  • 295 SEK
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  • RESTAURANG ALLEHENSRÄTTEN by Sagovolvo (Bella Rune & Jonas Nobel) was a performance piece where the audience was brought on a hike through a forest area on Djurgården in Stockholm. During the walk small dishes of food was served, inspired by the things you can find and pick in nature. In all the laid out scenes the dishes that was served, the ingredients and the characters that served them was given different political meanings. For example, the blueberries of childhood was served at the same time as giant blueberries showed up in the forest, accompanied by a monotonous voice about labour rights playing from loudspeakers in the trees.

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    Sagovolvo called the performance ”a training camp for the imagination” hoping that the audience would get a chance to reflect on habitual structures and preconceptions, and to together imagine new and different realities. The idea of the meal as the perhaps most important social gathering for political discourse, was of course also an important part of Sagovolvos interest in involving the act of eating in the piece. The texts that was found in the script was, for instance, a mix of their own texts and material from different blogs and the Wikipedia.

    Is it possible to create new realities before dreaming how this new reality should be designed and organized? This book uses the cookery book as metaphore for its setup. The market for cookery books in Sweden is growing at the same time as the hours the average swede is cooking at home decline. This means that the cookery book mostly function as food for dreams. The script of the performance combined with documentary photographs, by the artist Jenny Källman, creates an image of the piece. Interspersed amongst the photographs and the pages of the free sheet, that was handed out in one of the performance scenes, you find the recipies that made Restaurant Allehensrätten possible; instructions for action and change, from raw to finished product. Recipies are seldom rights managed, on the contrary, they function more in the sense of the open source-principle. They are easy to copy and a good recipe has alchemical qualities; it can transform a simple raw product to gold. A hard and indigestible potato becomes, if you follow the instructions, a soft, nutritious and enjoyable experience. A recipe is a description and a call for reorganizing reality for the better. In order to change the existing, one has to imagine and to dream something else. This something exists in the beginning, as a thought or a dream. Reactionary forces always called the progressive movements dreamers with a bad connection to reality. A multitude of institutions and concepts in todays society is a result of this kind of dreams. Women´s voting rights, paid vacation or the abolishment of slavery have all been seen as impossible reforms by some, but persistant dreamers, often risking their lives, have made these become a reality. Dreams and ideas that were seen as odd at the time of conception, has lead the way for cultural expressions and social conventions that are looked upon as natural today.

    Restaurang Allehensrätten was produced by Mossutställningar in cooperation with Parkteatern.

    Graphic design: Jonas Williamsson. Print: Printon.

    Released April 12th 2017 at Woodstockholm, Stockholm; Sweden. (Read less)

Samuel Nyholm & Peo Olsson

Umbra Hominis

  • 2014. Edition 300. 200 Pages. Offset. 21,5 x 28,5 cm. English.
  • ISBN 978-91-981854-1-6
  • 395 SEK
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  • Framework: An archive holds an inherent duality. It organizes and categorizes to immortalize, at the same time as it internalizes and hides. A museum is dismantled and finds its terminal storage. A view of the world and its conventional figure is dissolved. The power over our history, and hence our future, lies in how we handle and make use of communal archive systems. An explosive force, created by rearrangements of these archive materials, can displace courses of events, unobtrusive as well as decisive. Consequently, certain collations alter our collective memories, affecting the writing of history as well as power relations.

    The book features two essays: “Posthuman. Shadows of Modernity.” by Arno Böhler and “Mal d´Archive. To Mythologize the Past.” by Mattias Winslow.

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    Samuel Nyholm is a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator. Formerly part of the Swedish graphic design studio Reala. Selection of clients and collaborators include Tate Etc., Cornel Windlin, Kunsthalle St Gallen, Eric Steinbrecher, Svenska Filminstitute, Vitra, Absolut Vodka, Cneai, Tensta Konsthall, Svenska Dagbladet, Die Zeit, der Spiegel and others. As an illustrator, his works have been exhibited in Kunsthalle St Gallen, Kino Babylon in Berlin, Nieves/Corner College in Zürich, MoMA PS1 in New York, Art Basel, Copenhagen Art Fair and the Brno Biennale.

    In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Illustration in HfK, Bremen. He is a frequent guest tutor and critic at various art schools, such as Konstfack and The Royal University of Fine Arts in Stockholm, HDK in Gothenburg, ECAL in Lausanne, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.

    Peo Olsson is a Swedish artist and photographer. With Malmö as a base he focuses his work on processes of change and the human condition. The archive or collection is often a point of departure in his works.

    Educated at ICP in New York, he also holds an MFA from School of Photography at the University of Gothenburg.

    He has participated in photo festivals in New York and Copenhagen and also exhibited his work at Skanbul Connection in Istanbul, Göteborgs Konsthall, Röda Sten Konsthall and Galleri Box in Gothenburg; Martin Bryder Gallery and Fotogalleriet Format in Lund and Malmö respectively. Fotografins Hus in Stockholm and Immigration Office in Bremen.

    Arno Böhler works at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.

    Mattias Winslow is a librarian at the Nynäshamn Municipal Library, Sweden.

    Graphic Design: Jonas Williamsson. Print: Narayana Press.

    Released September 12th 2014 at Immigration Office, Bremen, Germany. (Read less)

Fredrik Værslev

It Girl

  • 2014. Edition 700. 100 Pages. Offset. 21 x 29,7 cm. English.
  • ISBN 978-91-981854-0-9
  • 345 SEK
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  • The first title from Null & Void is “It Girl” by the Norwegian artist Fredrik Værslev (b.1979). “It Girl” is a celebration of Tærtitta, a dog who belonged to Fredrik and his mother and who passed away 2013.

    The book shares its form with the coloring book, and consists of repetitive drawings and reproductions of Terrazzo paintings. It is, like the exhibition it draws on, a catwalk in abstraction.

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    Fredrik Værslev’s work often consists of series of paintings with a collaborative quality, with another artist, person, nature or temperature.  He was born in 1979 in Moss, Norway. He studied at Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt and Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. He currently lives and works in Drøbak and Vestfossen. As well as being an internationally exhibited artist, he is Director and founder of Landings Project Space, Vestfossen, Norway. Solo shows include: Museo Marino Marini, Firenze, Italy and CAC – Passerelle, Brest, France, (2015): East Bound and Down, The Power Station, Dallas, TX; Luminar Cité, Lisbon, Portugal (2014). His work has been recently presented in group shows such as Lé Almanach -14, Lé Consortium, Dijon, France (2014); Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunsthalle St.Gallen; Backa in i framtiden, Lunds Konsthall, Lund: Lies About Painting, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2013).

    Graphic Design: Jonas Williamsson. Print: CA Andersson.

    Released July 11th 2014 at Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö; Sweden. (Read less)