Category Archives: Appearances

MESSAGE TO 759 – the aesthetics of secrecy 16 Feb – 3 mars 2013

Konstnärsföreningen Galleri K, Västerås

Vernissage 16/2 12-16 Konstnärsföreningen Galleri K, Slottsgatan 17, Västerås
Öppettider: Vardagar (utom måndagar): 12 – 17, Lördag/Söndag: 12 – 16


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“Legoland” at Dokumenta(13) (Kassel, Germany) 26 July 2012

“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
 André Malraux

“Once exposed, a secret loses all its power.”
 Ann AguirreGrimspace

I will perform a part of the art work “Legoland” at Dokumenta(13) (Kassel, Germany)

The performances are a part of the project: “Winning Hearts and Minds” >>> initiated by Critical Art Ensemble

26 July 12.00   (10.00 UTC) (see map below)


Concrete privacy in the public space
The work Legoland uses radio as its medium. Also the work focuses on various aspects of numbers and communication methods within clandestine operations such as number stations or secret intelligence services.

The audio material for the performance has been collected from various radio receivers around Europe, North America, and Asia.

Broadcasting secret messages into air is a peculiar activity, since it’s indeed shared in a public space. Hence everyone could in practice tune in the actual frequency and listen to it. However, there is only one kind of listener that could decrypt the message (for i.e. special number stations) due to a simple but efficient and unbreakable method using only a paper and a pen. The benefits of still using radio today has the advantage of the impossibility to trace the listener in contrast to the use of computers where everything has traces of IP numbers, logs and hard-drives. Radio waves are difficult to stop and in every moment of time waves are passing borders and through people.

The history of these broadcasts are to be traced back to the beginning of the radio medium itself making them the first public broadcast ever transmitted. The transmissions are unregistered and hence illegal to the FCC. Even though these type of transmissions had its peak in the cold war, they can still be heard. Some has changed its behaviour to digital mode (which still is made up of numbers).


audio teaser:

Audio consultations in 2012

Examples of two audio consultations in 2012


5.0 channel audio (voice recording and editing at EMS)
Hinrich Sachs – Kami, Khokha, Bert och Ernie (världsarv) 10.5-30.9 2012 Tensta konsthall
Type: Installation


Various audio consulting, recording (voices, symphony orchestra etc), editing
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster och Ari Benjamin Meyers – T451 27/5 2012 Stockholm City Library, Stockholm Subway Green line, Tensta area
Type: Concert/Performance/Mobile installation



T.451 is performed one-time only on 27.5 starting at 14:00 at Gunnar Asplund’s Stadsbibliotek, Sveavägen 73. The walk is about 4 hours long ending at Tensta konsthall. A limited number of tickets are available for free at Tensta konsthall from 10.5 and at Stockholm Library at Sveavägen from 14.5. For more information, please contact:

Visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Paris) and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers’ (Berlin) scenic walk in Stockholm with surroundings traces a classic story in a current reality. The one-time only performance T.451 is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and the filmed version by François Truffaut (1966) with music by Bernard Herrmann. In Bradbury’s original story, set in a future society, the only communication is made trough TV and images. Literature is regarded dangerous for the unified community and has thus been classified illegal. The printed word is actively searched for and destroyed by firemen, who instead of putting out fires, burn books to prevent disillusioned human conditions.

In T.451 the public becomes witnesses to re-enactments played out in Stockholm city and in the suburbs of Hjulsta and Tensta. By inserting scenarios and music into architectural environments and public places such as Gunnar Asplund’s famous Stockholm Library; the subway; and the late-modernist housing area Tensta, Gonzalez-Foerster and Meyers are testing the possibility of an imagined future through a new form of musical and performed narrative.

Like many of Gonzalez-Foerster’s works, T.451 is based on time, situations and the public presence, rather than material and structures. Her works, which since the early 1990s, often are inspired by literary classics or films, reflect more than just a narrative. They attempt to capture the public situation, the immediate encounter with art. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that her works appear as multi-dimensional enactments where sound and visual elements, combined with the existing environment, make the work into an experience, which reveals the potential of art to produce imagined, as well as real change. Gonzalez-Foerster and Meyers first started working together in 2007 as part of Il Tempo del Postino, the group show/artist opera curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno, which premiered as part of the inaugural Manchester International Festival. Their first full production as collaborators followed in 2008 with the work NY 2022 for the Peter B. Lewis Theater in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York. In 2009 they premiered the Performa 09 commission K.62/K.85 at the Abrons Arts Center in New York. In 2011 this production subsequently traveled to Kaaitheater, Brussels (K.62/K.73/K.85) and then to Hebbel Theater Berlin (K.62/K.85/M.31). In addition to T.451, they are working on a number of new projects, as well as a web-based archive. Their work together often takes its inspiration from specific films or pieces of music and has been described by themselves as being “audience-based”.

T.451 is a collaboration between Stockholm konst and Tensta konsthall, produced by Stockholm konst. With support by Stockholm Library and Tensta Library. A special thanks to, The Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade, the organization Röde Hanen, The Stockholm City Museum and Kurdiska föreningen Spånga.

LEGOLAND alpha test: Fylkingen 17 February 2012


production name: LEGOLAND

Media: Shortwave, audio and performance, misc

Branches: Hidden, Education, Expo, Distribution

alpha stage test: Fylkingen 17 February 2012 (web info) free entrance

Performance some time between 17.30-22.30 (16.30-21.30 UTC)

Welcome to listen to a preview version of the sounds from of a project based on different approaches upon material obtained from unknown intelligence communications, intelligence, and number broadcast, and more.

I will serve my own, unique and fresh recordings (from 2012) from a few spy-broadcasting services in Europe and elsewhere. Welcome to a strange world of concrete privacy! Even MI6 may attend, if you’re wondering what that unknown person is taking notes of!

If we are lucky, I will also allow the listening of some unknown radio transmitters which broadcast live during the concert!

LEGOLAND in “alpha stage” test

Fylkingen Friday, February 17, at. 20.30 (approx.)
Note: to allow the listening of simultaneous spy-stations, the concert will begin promptly at. 20:30 or 21:00

sneak preveiw on

Beer is served at the bar (during pause)

– Presented at the same time:

19:30 to 22:00

A small photographic exhibition in the foyer of photos from Pripyat, Slite, Luleå and Malmberget.

On stage:
Tomas Nygren, Joakim Gullander, Tippi The Wind and William Tottie.
And a small Soviet propaganda film.

free admission

info sheet (pdf)

Rearranged Movement on display at Handen 11 Dec 2010, Stockholm, Haninge

Rearranged Movement will on display at

Handen 11 Dec at “poseidon’s torg” and in the Haninge Konsthall (“Julsalong” exhibition)

frame for exposure will be around 12.00 – 17.00

People are always moving through spaces and levels of consciousness. In the city signs are telling You where to go and how to organize Yourself to others. We are often very well coordinated to meet the demands of the city. Both to make our movements fit economically in this environment and to keep up the feeling that we are free to make individual selections of directions in the city and life.

Movement takes time and effort and, therefore, it’s important to measure the shortest way between two places. That measurement is, however, often deformed by the shifting variables (physical or mental) for city travel.


more about Rearranged Movement here

Rearranged Movement in St.Petersburg