Category Archives: Works

LEGOLAND (2012) Documenta 13, Kassel

performance with various old portable spy gear, battery powered radio transmission, radio scanning and writing

Other minds pavilion – dokumenta 13, Kassel, Germany
Performance date 26 July 2012

DSCN8181a Nagra SN was used in the performance playing the artists own recordings from contemporary spy stations on the shortwave band from various activities from the recent years. Some spy station recordings were only 2 weeks old.

Sound collage with own recordings of various number and clandestine radio transmissions plays at radio transmission through common portable radios during performance:

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 name is taken from the nickname of MI6 building in London. The audio material for the performance has been collected from various radio receivers around Europe, North America, and Asia.


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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.

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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 behavior to digital mode (which still is made up of numbers).

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LEGOLAND alpha test: Fylkingen 17 February 2012

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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.)
www.fylkingen.se
Note: to allow the listening of simultaneous spy-stations, the concert will begin promptly at. 20:30 or 21:00

sneak preveiw on http://www.tomasnygren.com/

Beer is served at the bar (during pause)

– Presented at the same time:

MATS Lundell – OPENING
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)

Best in Show (2007) Norrby, Sala

four channel sound installation, photography and video + event

Norrby church (Sala)
exhibition project “Sjätte Sinnet” (Sixth Sense), Swedish Church


pair4_black_whiteLUntitled, photograph Digital I-Print placed in the organ

a Hidden Third Person
For this project I was interested to investigate the symbolism of the dove/pigeon used in the jewish/christian tradition. In many ways the dove can represent the silence and femine aspects of the Holy Spirit. The mother or something that balances the male/female duality. Its not hard to link the symbol to similar gods as the holy Maria and i.e. Isis
The dove as peaceful holy, fluffy inter- or hyper existence comes almost to its ubiquitous hiddenness.

Stereo mix down version (from 4 channels) of installation audio:


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If you breed a dove and it borns at one location it will always go back to this location. Is this the same with religion? If you are born into one religio cultural situation how easy is it to not return to its ethics and thinking?


Best_in_show_frame_movieStill frame from Video, Tibor Barcza and some of his awards.

In searching for breeders I found Tibor Barcza, living in Elsöv (Skåne). He breeds a special dove called Jacobin Pigeons and he has continued with this hobby for over 30 years. Tibor is a serious breeder and the difference between his hobby or as a profession is somewhat hard to distinguish.


organ2_pictInstallation detail, inside the organ


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Detail of installation

text available at the location, pdf >>>>>>>>

Project overall overview and setup of parameters scanned first 3 pages from the catalog >>>>>>>>>

Vegetation series (2006)

Photographic prints from large format negatives, various printed sizes

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Plant light
This photographic initiative of plants shot with flash and flashlights represents a line of my work which addresses the threat and activity of the night as a mode of consciousness. The photo sessions are executed in dark parks, countryside’s or distant forests during the night. Terrifying, existing, real moments in my fictive world.

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What relation is going on between plants and humans? We are puzzled about the complex molecular structures of chemical components found in plants, structures which we try to solve our own illness in our bodies. Some plants seems to be in a mental relation to us through neural connectedness. Our health couldn’t have survived without them. They can obviously survive without us. They connect through their presence in our bodies and mind, the rhythm of breathing. The plants distanced self-sufficiency brings up something restoring when human life is so full of dependency and endless circles of social problems to solve.

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Info text
in Swedish/English, 2006 pdf >>>>>>>>>

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Entrance / Ingång (2006)

Wall construction of hay, clay, chalk and spruce pales
20 x 2,4 m

Realised for Wij Trädgårdar, Ockelbo, Project: “Konst och Trädgård”

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This piece started off from a series of curved wall sketches. The specific curved form was producing the effect of a closed space but open to the surroundings. The issue of hiding and the hiding-place as a start of childrens play and imaginations were important considerations but also the idea of entrance of a mental passage in time and memory. The form also materialised the philosophical cause and effect and the mystical arrow of time.

Memory
The smell from the hay, the temporary construction (with its material) and the inner space which opened up towards the peasant landscape made me think of memories and activities that belonged to my childhood. After a period a ruin-alike shape takes form (and the hay-smell has slightly changed).

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Early July: Exhibition visitors are walking into the field
photo: Yngve Gunnarsson.

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Late July: After a period the ruin-alike shape takes form, photo: Arbetarbladet

Activity
Remanings from grass and some hay was left on the ground when a circle was cutout with an old fashioned scythe to enhance the effects of some activity that had been interrupted. The form open as a scene of events was suitable for creating engagement into a sudden in-the-moment activity from the public i.e. a role play or story telling. The distant placement of the wall was nessesary to make the observer go out in the field and to mentaly produce some expectations.

Press (SWE):
“Vinden har delvis raserat Tomas Nygrens vitkalkade mur av höbalar ute på fältet, men samtidigt har ruinkänslan vuxit. Verkets titel “Ingång” syftar på den smala passage som öppnar sig i höet när man kommer nära. Det finns beräkning i den rörelse besökaren måste göra för att ta sig in mellan balarna; plötsligt är man på andra sidan och muren är borta. Kanske vill konstnären visa att den enda ingång som finns leder till dig själv. Det hänger på dig vad du gör. ” Niels Hebert, Arbetarbladet

Map over the area >>>>>>>>>

IMG_1013LEntrance imageEarly June: Front View

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Early June: Front View

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Early June: Rear View

 

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Early June: Entrance/Door View

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Early June: Myself in work with a scythe