Wearing spaces

Date and time
December 15, 2017, at 09:15 AM - 03:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Svarta havet
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Whatever any person, working with art, design or craft is doing has a life and a meaning far beyond its original situation. It expresses attitudes, communicates with the environment and takes part in the shaping of a broader context. It shapes and it is reshaped. But how do we understand this ever-changing situation we place ourselves and our making in? What is our relationship to it? What should it be like?

With “Wearing Spaces” we want to bring attention to the situation an object (which, of course might be immaterial) exits in, rather than to the object itself. We want to ask how a more elaborated understanding of this can inform both our means of production and what we in the end choose to develop. We also inquire how the relationship between the subject, the object other subjects and the context might be understood. Are we inserted into a context, or are we co-shaping it? What would it mean not to carry on in a situation, but to actually carry it? What could it mean to be wearing spaces?

In order to shed some light over this huge question, we have asked six persons to present their works and thoughts. They are all work in highly relevant manner.

09.15-09.30 Introduction Håkan Nilsson and Anders Ljungberg
09.30-09.50 Johanna Gustafsson Fürst
09.55-10.15 Liza Fior
10.15-10.40 Sofa talk. Johanna Gustafsson Fürst+ Liza Fior. Moderator Håkan Nilsson

10.40-11.00 Coffee brake

11.00-11.20 Liesbet Bussche
11.25-11.45 Matt Smith
11.45-12.10 Sofa talk. Matt Smith+ Liesbet Bussche. Moderator Anders Ljungberg


13.10-13.30 Bella Rune
13.35-13.55 Tor Lindstrand
13.55-14.20 Sofa talk. Bella Rune+Tor Lindstrand. Moderator Johanna Rosenqvist
14.20–15.00 Conclusion and open discussion


Matt Smith is an artist and curator. In 2015/16 he was Artist in Residence at the V&A. Solo exhibitions include Queering the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2010-11) and Other Stories at the University of Leeds (2012). From 2010 until 2015 he co-directed Unravelled Arts.
He holds an AHRC-funded, practice-based PhD in Queer Craft at the University of Brighton. He is Professor of Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack Stockholm and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies.
He talks regularly about his practice (Tate Modern, 2012, Valand Academy Gothenberg, 2012, University of Bremen, 2014, Tate Britain, 2017) and also writes about his practice (Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, 2016; Sexuality and Gender at Home, 2017; Disobedient Curating in Art Journal, forthcoming). He is currently working on Flux, a solo show at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge exploring the legacies of Empire. Matt Smit is Professor at CRAFT! / Ceramic and glass Programme, Konstfack

Bella Rune is an artist based in Stockholm working with sculpture, installation and digital media, often with a high degree of audience participation.
Recent works include curating of the exhibition Textile Subtexts at Marabouparken and, in an extended version, at Malmö Art Museum, the project Konsekvensanalys, installed in four locations between 2015-17, A forest in Uppsala, Thielska galleriet, Touring sports centres with Konstmuseet i Norr and The Board Room at Stockholm School of Economics and group exhibitions at, amongst others, Gallery Magnus Karlsson, Kalmar konstmuseum, Norrköpings konstmuseum, Oslo Kunstforening, Trondheim's Art Museum, Finnish museum of Photography.
Bella Rune is represented at, amongst others, Malmö Konstmuseum, Moderna Museet and Göteborgs konstmuseum.
Bella Rune is Professor of Fine Arts in Textiles at the Institution for Craft at Konstfack, Stockholm and is represented by Galleri Magnus Karlsson.

Amsterdam-based artist Liesbet Bussche (Antwerp, 1980) studied Jewellery Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where she graduated in 2009. In 2016, she obtained her master's degree at St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp. A revised version of her master thesis entitled 'En passant: the artist as traveller, the travel as artwork' has been published by the Antwerp Academy Art Press. She currently works as a researcher at St Lucas and as a teacher at the Rietveld Academie. She is also a board member of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation that aims to stimulate and promote contemporary jewellery. Bussche's art practice is rooted in jewellery but transcends its disciplinary boundaries. It focuses on the meaning jewellery has as a social and cultural phenomenon, being the oldest known symbolic expression of mankind. Her practice includes self-initiated and commissioned projects, and is characterized by the use of wide-ranging media, carefully selected materials and techniques and their placement in different contexts ranging from personal space to public domain. Her approach leads to a variety of invitations for exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Tor Lindstrand (Stockholm) is lecturer at Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at Konstafack, an Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-A) and a co-owner of the office of Larsson Lindstrand Palme arkitektkontor AB. His practice oscillate between architecture, art and performance in numerous cultural contexts. Together with choreographer Marten Spangberg he initiated International Festival, a practice working on context specific projects spanning from buildings, publications, films, installations, public interventions. He is an architecture critic for FORM magazine and, together with Håkan Nilsson, professor in Arthistory and Theory at Konstfack, involved in the collaborative research project Power, Space and Ideology at KTH-A and Södertörn University.

Liza Fior is a founding Partner of muf architecture/art. The work is always in the public realm even if that requires pushing briefs , building envelope, definition of scope to make it so. . Every project comes with unsolicited research to give greater accuracy to the proposals. Projects range from masterplans to temporary interventions via landscapes and buildings – a continual dialogue between detail and strategy . muf are the only UK winners of the European Prize for Public Space (for Barking Town Square), and were the authors of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2010, where they continue to collaborate with We are Here Venice . muf work mainly in East London . but not exclusively so, advocating the value of the existing in order to articulate the identity of the new.
muf architecture/art was established in 1995 and has never had less than 80% female members.
Liza has taught at the AA, Yale, RCA and currently at Central St Martins where I am trying to make the most of teaching architecture in a school of art London.

Johanna Gustafsson Fürst is an senior lecturer at the department for fine arts at Konstfack. She is an artist that uses self-organized platforms, performances, texts, sculptures and site-specific installations to process how everyday life encounters political and social systems and how these merges into objects, surfaces and spaces that affects human relationships. Johanna is currently working on a public commission for Statens Konstråd in Karlskrona and is represented by Belenius Gallery. Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include Kalmar Konsthall (SE), Bonnier Konsthall (SE), Consonni (ES), Kim? (LV) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (SE)

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Department of Fine Art, Department of Crafts

Updated: 29 November 2017