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UGLYCUTE

Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012, Marabouparken (Stockholm)

Colorcube (2008) by Uglycute

The art and design group Uglycute (Markus Degerman, Andreas Nobel, Jonas Nobel & Fredrik Stenberg) began their collaboration in 1999. The team-up was a reaction against the Swedish design climate at the time as the group used craft and design to discuss taste, quality, class, gender and politics. Their activities have branched out into the Swedish and international art and design worlds through objects, exhibition architecture, interior design and teaching.

Speakers for Cheap Monday (2010) by Uglycute

Between 18th of February – 13th of May, Marabouparken is exhibiting a collection of Uglycute’s work and practices. Through the 500 m2 gallery the work is presented as a labyrinth of transparent metal cages, were the audience is able to walk around the space, which feels like a three-dimensional archive over Uglycute’s methods seen through objects, furniture, interiors, films and educational practices.

In the exhibition catalogue it says:

According to Uglycute, their practice takes place between art, design and architecture. The goal is to expand the notion of design by cross-fertilizing it with the members’ different professions and by analyzing the effects of design on society not only through their own practice, but also through writing, teaching, and organizing workshops. In Uglycute’s quest for new approaches to material, beauty, economy and collaboration, they developed their characteristic uglycute “look” whereby furniture, objects and interiors are created out of chipboard, styrofoam and clay.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Even if the goal has been a renewal of design, much of Uglycute’s work and discussions have taken place in the art world. One reason why this has been the case could be because the art world provides a place for criticism and self-reflection. The exhibition is inspiring and brings to the front the role that the art space can play for the important political and social debate in the discussion about form and design.

You can read the Uglycute catalogue online by clicking here!

Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012

Uglycute: Markus Degerman (artist), Andreas Nobel (interior designer), Jonas Nobel (artist) & Fredrik Stenberg (architect)

Place: Marabouparken, Löfströmsvägen 8, Sundbyberg (Stockholm)

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THE WORLD WON´T LISTEN

Lecture and an on-going exhibition: 25th of May 2011, Marabouparken (Stockholm)

One of  the “Smiths” fan, singing with a sentimental feeling

The exhibition “The world won’t listen” (2005) by Phil Collins is now running at Marabouparken. The three-part video installation features fans of the English alternative rock-band “The Smiths”, performing karaoke versions of tracks from their 1987 album. Collins made a karaoke machine in cooperation with local musicians in Bogotá 2004. After a city-wide campaign, Collins filmed 60 singers over three days. Each participant got half an hour to let their light shine. The project is filmed in Colombia, Turkey and Indonesia.

About the work, Collins ironically pointed out that; “Singing is an incredible simple and a moving experience. Doing karaoke is the first time you don´t sing along. You sort of murder the thing you love”.

The curator of the exhibition wrote these words about the video-installation:

A tender, humorous, and occasionally heartbreaking portrait of humanity, the work is a study on the mediation and strength of popular culture’s global reach.

“Britney”

“Britney” is the title of another work at the exhibition. It is a series of large-scale prints of defaced Britney Spears posters which Collins photographed in the New York subway, 2001. During the lecture, Phil Collins shared with the audience that his favorite letter is B. His favorite places in world starts with B, like Belfast, Belgrad, Bogotá (or countries which have problem with movements). His favorite authors starts with B as well. And of course, B- for Britney.

A re-posted poster from The Smiths karaoke project

Photographs by Konsthopp

The political UK artist, Phil Collins — sometimes confused with the same name pop star, was the star of the night. Wearing casual clothes, sneakers, holding a beer, with a Che Guevara tattoo on his upper left arm, made his presence so comfy. And so English.

Phil Collins currently lives and work in Berlin. He was shortlisted for the 2006 Turner Prize, the world’s best-known contemporary-art competition. Collins is known for using the camera as a ticket to gain access to the most profound human situations and experiences – birth, death, war, love and loss.  All these images deal effectively with global issues.

His most famous work is probably the two-screen video installation “They Shoot Horses”, from 2004.  “The world won´t listen” is on-going at Marabouparken until 24th of July 2011.

You can see more photos from the exhibition here.

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