Utopidepartementet är en föränderlig sammanslutning av musiker, konstnärer, poeter.
Vi tror ogenerat naivt att vi kan förändra världen med vår konst.
Vi vill krypa under huden på er, vi finns där ni befinner er, ni kommer inte att kunna smita undan.
Brakfesten är ett digitalt allkonstverk, en dans på vulkanens kant, en kvartett vid tidens ände.
Nybildade Utopidepartementet tar avstamp i Olivier Messiaens stycke "Kvartett för tidens ände" som komponerades och uruppfördes i ett tyskt fångläger 1940. Med nykomponerad och improviserad musik och visuella komponenter kontemplerar departementets musiker och konstnärer över vad det innebär att vara ”vid tidens ände” i relation till dagens klimatkris. Krisen betraktas utifrån skiftande perspektiv; det geologiska, det mikroskopiska, det mänskliga…
Brakfesten blir ett interaktivt, digitalt allkonstverk, en musikalisk och visuell labyrint som förgrenar sig vidare ut i en stor och komplex irrgång. Ingens upplevelse av konstverket är den andres lik då upplevarna på egen hand får navigera sig runt i den digitala labyrinten. Oändligt är det stora äventyret.
Brakfesten är finansierad av Musikverket.
Utopidepartementet bemannas i detta projekt av Eva Lindal (violin), Magnus Granberg (piano/klarinett), Stina Hellberg Agback (harpa/text), Leo Svensson Sander (cello) samt konstnärerna och scenograferna Oona Libens, Sanne Hellberg och konstnären/poeten Johannes Heldén.
Konstnär / skuggspelare
The work of artist and musician Oona Libens (Belgium/Sweden, 1987) revolves around the history of the (moving) image. In her intimate performances — a hybrid between abstract object theatre and educational documentary — she develops a distinctly crafted universe consisting of fragile mechanisms and analogue techniques.
Often taking shadow theatre as a starting point — shadow play being the most primitive form of moving image — she also operates and manipulates other historic and more recent projection techniques in order to expose its mechanisms. In this way she creates a dialogue between old and modern media phenomena — from the magic lantern as an educational tool to today’s touch screens and virtual reality. With her performances Oona Libens wants to expand our experience of the image and the screen, to create an analogue virtual reality and to make an entertainment machine that is slow, hesitates, falters and fails.
She graduated in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium.
Konstnär / poet
Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary works deals with poetry, ecology, artificial intelligence, sentience and narrative structures.
Recent projects include the Encyclopedia AI (2015-2018) and New New Hampshire & Clouds (2017, for the Momentum biennial, hybrid installation/publication) and Astroecology (2016) which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. He has published four music albums, recently Takträdgårdar (OEI) and System (Irrlicht), and seven digital online works of poetry and visual art.
Awards and fellowships include the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles prize in 2014 (for the Evolution project), and the 2015 Åke Andrén Art Prize, in 2007 he received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation grant for young artists, and in 2010 the Kalleberg scholarship from the Swedish Academy. He was awarded the 2018 Iaspis New York Fellowship, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle, CCA Andratx, NKD Norway et al.
His work has recently been shown at RIBOCA (The Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art), the Desert X biennial in Palm Springs, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the 9th Momentum biennial in Moss, Roskilde Festival and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht, Kunsthall Trondheim, ISEA in Vancouver, Traces of Existence/ The Jewish Museum in Stockholm, Broken Dimanche in Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Inspace in Edinburgh, UB Center for the Arts Buffalo, The Fifth Moscow Biennale, Upfor Portland, Wendys Subway/ISCP in New York, The Media Archaelogy Lab/University of Colorado, Volt in Bergen, ICIDS Istanbul, NIMK in Amsterdam, Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, UKS in Oslo among others.
He is based in Stockholm and New York.
LEO SVENSSON SANDER
Musiker / kompositör
Leo Svensson Sander - Cellist and Musical Saw player in folk, pop, impro and more. Based in Stockholm, Sweden
Leo is working in a wide spectrum of music. He started out with classical music but soon found wider inspiration and for many years mostly focused on experimental music in different forms as well as scandinavian folk music.
From this, avant-pop band "The Tiny" emerged, and was for a long time his main creative hub.
Leo started working together with harpist Stina Hellberg Agback in 2019, creating their duo Namna.
Groups and collaborations, among others: Namna, Time Is a Blind Guide, Fire! Orchestra, Lena Willemark, Matti Bye Ensemble, Skogen.
Studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and the Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg.
STINA HELLBERG AGBACK
Harpist / komposition /poesi
Stina Hellberg Agback has been performing as an improvising harpist for the past ten years, she has been heard on festivals and venues with her groups Trilobit, Stina Hellberg Agback/Jonas Isaksson Quartet and duo Eva Lindal/Stina Hellberg Agback aswell as many other projects.
As a band leader, she has released four records: Stina Hellberg Agback/Jonas Isaksson Quartet/Quiet Now (2018), Jonas Isaksson/Stina Hellberg Agback (2017), Trilobit/Trilobit (2016) and Trilobit/Brutus (2014). They have all been enthusiastically received as groundbreaking recordings, hoovering between the genres of jazz, folk music and rock. Enthusiastic reviews have been received in magazines such as Downbeat, Orkesterjournalen and Lira.
Hellberg Agback has extensively collaborated with the pop world. Performing with artists such as Frida Hyvönen, Seinabo Sey, El Perro Del Mar and Laleh Pourkarim, as well as appearing on records with Sarah Blasko, Pernilla Andersson, Maia Hirasawa amongst others.
Hellberg Agback holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in jazz performance, from the Royal College of Music, Stockholm. She has also attended Berklee College of Music and Trinity College of Music.
Eva Lindal grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (1973–76), with further studies in Switzerland and Banff (Canada). In 1998 she met and began studying improvisation with Connie Crothers and continued the association for almost a decade.
During 1986–2000 Eva was a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has been a freelance musician, with a special focus on improvisation, and contemporary music, as well as the baroque era. Eva is a member of Katzen Kapell (“One of Sweden’s best bands”—Camilla Lundberg, Expressen), Rebaroquerebaroque.se and also the contemporary groups MA and KammarensembleNkammarensemblen.com.
She regularly performs in a trio with Bill Payne (clarinet) and Carol Liebowitz (piano), in a duo with Anna Lindal (violin), in the trio WE with Mattias Windemo (guitar), Jonny Axelsson (percussion), in the trio Filip Augustson/Viva Black: Filip Auguston (bass), Christopher Cantillo (drums) as well as collaborations with Connie Crothers (piano), Oskar Schönning, Barriärorkestern Stockholm, Cullberg Ballet, Ensemble Recherche (Freiburg), Bit 20 (Bergen), Sonanza, Karlsson Barock and Drottningholm Theatre.
Scenograf / animatör / projektledare
Sanne Hellberg is an animator, set designer and property master based in Malmö, Sweden. The last years she has been working at different Skåne-based theatres such as Helsingborgs Stadsteater, Malmö Dockteater and Moomsteatern. At the moment she is freelancing as set designer and project manager in several culture- and music projects.
Sanne holds a bachelor degree in Stage production from Malmö Högskola. She has also studied drama at Lunds University and set design at Romerike Folkehøgskole.
Kompositör / musiker
Magnus Granberg is a composer and performer working at an intersection between contemporary chamber music and improvisation. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Born in Umeå in 1974, he studied saxophone and improvisation at the University of Gothenburg and in New York in his late teens and early twenties. Self-taught as a composer, he formed his own ensemble Skogen in 2005 trying to integrate experiences, methods and materials from various traditions of improvised and composed musics into a new modus operandi. Now mainly working with the ensemble Skogen and the newly formed Skuggorna och ljuset, while increasingly also writing music on commission for different ensembles and projects. He is also active as an improvisor in different contexts, mainly playing the clarinet.
His music has been performed in Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, England, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia, broadcast by public radio channels in England (BBC Radio 3 and 6), Germany (SWR 2), Sweden (SR P2), Estonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary and the United States, and has been published by the renowned British record label Another Timbre.
Recent work includes a commission from Another Timbre and Ensemble Grizzana and collaborations with musicians such as David Sylvian, Christoph Schiller and the Swiss duo Diatribes.
He has in the last decade also, more or less regularly, collaborated with musicians such as Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Anna Lindal, Kristine Scholz, Rhodri Davies, Simon Allen, Christoph Schiller and Ko Ishikawa.
Premiären den 18 februari sker i samarbete med Inter Arts Center i Malmö samt Uppsala Konstmuseum.
Panelsamtalet leds av konstmuseets intendent Rebecka Wigh och tekniker är IAC´s Jonas Jönsson.
Brakfesten är finansierat av Statens Musikverk och har fått extra coronastöd från Kulturrådet.
Vi har även stöd från Uppsala kommun och Helge Ax:sson Jonssons fond
Kommunikations- och marknadsföringskonsult under Brakfestprojektet har varit Annica Sand.
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