January 21, 2020 - ArkDes - Spring 2020 exhibitions
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January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020


ArkDes in Stockholm. Photo: Johan Dehlin

Spring 2020 exhibitions

Exercisplan 4
SE- Stockholm


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April 8–August 16, 2020

Type “ASMR” into YouTube and you will meet a stream of faces and hands, microphones and materials, and makeshift sets. These videos exist inside the world of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response—a static-like feeling of low-grade euphoria or deep calming, triggered by gentle sound, touch and movement. WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD explores this emergent world as a physical reaction, a revolutionary internet culture, a technology-driven craft, and a field of design.

ASMR mediates between mind and body to inject the Internet with softness and intimacy. But it is not limited to the digital sphere. It is a dynamic creative craft and an emergent field of design, loved by some and unsettling to others. Against the backdrop of growing anxiety and loneliness, connection and disconnection, ASMR offers a lens through which to understand new forms of mental and physical wellness in the context of an accelerated global society.

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD is the first exhibition of its kind to lift ASMR out from your screen and into public space. Step into an acoustically tuned environment and experience a cross-section of global ASMR culture through never before exhibited objects. The exhibition will accommodate a programme of experimental live performances.

This exhibition is curated by James Taylor-Foster and produced by Halla Sigurdardóttir with exhibition design by ĒTER and graphic design by Irene Stracuzzi + PostNew.


Kiruna Forever
April 24–August 31, 2020

Kiruna, a city in the northernmost part of Sweden, is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent Swedish history. The city centre is being relocated three kilometres northeast due to the expansion of the mine around which Kiruna was built. A third of the city population must relocate, housing blocks and landmark buildings are being demolished or moved, and a new city is starting to take shape. But how do you move a city?

Kiruna Forever examines the ongoing relocation and features over 100 works by architects, urban planners, and artists who have transformed the city and addressed challenges facing the region from the first industrial settlements, today, and into the future.

The ongoing relocation of the city of Kiruna confronts us with critical issues of global relevance. What is the limit of natural resources? What happens to residents' sense of identity and security when their homes are demolished? How do we define the value of our cultural heritage and its preservation when buildings are at risk? How does the relocation affect indigenous population's ways of life? What timeframes do we design our cities for?

Kiruna Forever is an exhibition by ArkDes in collaboration with Kiruna Municipality and Konstmuseet i Norr, Norrbotten’s County Art Museum, located in Kiruna. Together with Konstmuseet i Norr, ArkDes has commissioned five new projects that consider alternative tools for a city in transition. These will be presented simultaneously in Kiruna and Stockholm over the period of the exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by Carlos Mínguez Carrasco with Sujy Lee (Assistant Curator) and produced by Johanna Fogel, with exhibition design by Pernilla Ohrstedt and graphic design by Magdalena Czarnecki.


May 26–September 27, 2020

During the spring and summer of 2020 the renowned Melbourne-based artist Linda Tegg will present Infield, a large-scale installation comprising over 80 different plant species native to Sweden. Representing the artist's first exhibition in the country, this natural meadow explores the relationship between people and nature.

Infield also provides an opportunity to discuss ecosystem services—a term that describes the ways in which the human experience is advantageously altered and enhanced by the natural environment—including shade, stormwater management, and biodiversity. The plant species that make up the installation have been selected in collaboration with Stockholm University and the project is led by ArkDes ThinkTank.


About ArkDes
ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship.

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