Category Archives: In English

Review: BOATS (Mica Sigourney) & On Air (Hjorton, Watson Galbrait, Puloch, Ólafsdóttir)

Read my critical response at Koreografikritikverkstad and check out under what constrictions it was written here.

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Review: Drömmen om Svansjön by Pär Isberg (Operan)

Read my critical response at Koreografikritikverkstad and check out under what constrictions it was written here.

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Review: DEAD by Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir (MDT)

Read my critical response at Koreografikritikverkstad and check out under what constrictions it was written here.

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Review: Vivek Chibber, ‘Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital’ (Verso, 2013)

I review Vivek Chibber’s new book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital in The Los Angeles Review of Books. Link to the full text here. 

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Folds and waves: the horizon of the membrane (Jefta van Dinther, Grind)

A dull light pulsates against a white wall. An echoing high noise vibrates through the room. The hardly discernable man frantically struggles with something, a struggle that paints shadows on the wall. The man and the object are doubled and … Continue reading

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Martin Wickström, “Not Dark Yet” (2012)

The “vacation” from art that was advertised in 2009 by Martin Wickström has come to an end. He is back with an exhibition at Angelika Knäpper Gallery where paintings, models, ready mades, even the fat electric cables on the floor, … Continue reading

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James Dean and the Polish Night: Andrzej Wajda’s “Ashes and Diamonds” (1958)

Legend has it that the nineteenth century poet Cyprian Norwid descended to such dire circumstances that he took his abode in a crypt. One of the luminaries of Polish literature thus had to suffer for his art in a highly, … Continue reading

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On Lina Selander’s ‘Lenin’s Lamp Glows in the Peasant’s Hut’

Lina Selander’s video installation at Index in Stockholm approaches the contemporary conceptualizations of nature and the techno-visions that have shaped our history in full consciousness of the subject’s complexity. From a starting point in the instantaneous she launches towards time … Continue reading

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On Carsten Nicolai’s ‘crt mgn’ at EIGEN + ART, Berlin

Read my review of Nicolai’s ‘crt mgn’ on Berlin Art Link. I write about guns firing electrons, magnetic impulses, Nam June Paik, television sets resting in sombre boxes, the bending of rays and tubes, irregular pendulums, and a thumping sound … Continue reading

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On Fredrik Værslev’s “The World is Your Oyster” at Circus, Berlin

A review of mine of the Norwegian artists Fredrik Værslev has been published by the Berlin Art Link Magazine. I write about smudges, stained glass windows in churches, the process of staging, an oscillation of outside and inside, a little … Continue reading

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Anna Boghiguian at daadgalerie Berlin

‘Unstructured Diary for an Autobiography’ 16.2 – 30.3.2013 In contrast to the art that tries to approach the materiality of existence, or that explores the ‘life’ of inorganic matter, Anna Boghiguian returns the city and the human nature of the … Continue reading

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Hannes Rickli, Fischen Lauschen (Schering Stiftung, Berlin)

The Swiss artist Rickli has set out to survey the act of surveillance, or, more concretely, present an experience of being positioned in an impossible space; both present and absent, both synchronic and diachronic. It is an insertion into the … Continue reading

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Grönlund-Nisunen at Esther Schipper, Berlin

Where are we? An insistent question from visitors identifying themselves as human in opposition to the minimalist world of steel, black photographs, and pale paper that occupies the gallery space. Here seems to be, at first, another world. There is … Continue reading

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Teknologisk irreproducibilitet / Technological irreproducibility

Läs min essä om ‘Undervisning, sceniska rum och teknologisk irreproducibilitet’ i Tidningen Kulturen, här. Publication of the essay ‘Pedagogy, Stage Rooms and Technological Irreproducibility’ in Tidningen Kulturen (today).  So far only in Swedish.

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Looper (2012), a note on failure and fallacy

There is little original in Rian Johnsons time-travel film ‘Looper’. Time travel is, as usual, a question of repetition (both in cultural as well as conceptual terms). The film itself repeats the familiar preoccupations and the grey science-fiction polish in … Continue reading

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Giorgos Lanthimos, ‘Alps’, and the Art of Not

(translation of a review published by Tidningen Kulturen 11 February 2012) All is acting; a thousand bad sayings and half-baked sociological theories and now the film “Alps” by Giorgos Lanthimos. A group of characters, named after the mountain chain, offer … Continue reading

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Dogtooth: Fritzl vs. Plato

(translation of a review in Swedish on this blog November 30, 2011) It is not often that a film is with such preternatural precision able to put its finger on the current zeitgeist, as is the case with “Dogtooth” by … Continue reading

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Kon-Tiki documentary at EFA Project Space NYC

The Kon-Tiki documentary by Olle Nordemar and Thor Heyerdahl will be shown July 21 (6:30 – 8:30 pm) in a special screening at the EFA Project Space in New York City. The screening takes places in conjunction with the “Sea … Continue reading

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‘A Hero for the Atomic Age’ on Google Books

Excerpts of my book ‘A Hero for the Atomic Age: Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition‘ has now been put on Google Books. Check it out on the link here.

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