The Age of Changes is Upon Us. Again. Always.
March 20 - August 9 2020
We are living in a time of contradiction characterized by fundamental changes. Technological development is advancing so rapidly that we hardly have time to consider how it is affecting our lives. Artificial intelligence has already surpassed human intelligence in several areas, and it is said that the first person who will live to the age of two hundred has already been born. At the same time, however, our way of living contributes to the extinction of plants and animals, while the greenhouse effect is in the process of making large areas of the planet uninhabitable. It is as though our progress toward eternal life is proceeding apace with the destruction of life itself.
Looking ahead to try to understand what kind of world awaits us can provoke powerful feelings, perhaps now more than ever. We are entering into a new era of challenges that will have consequences for all of us. The exhibition Shapeshiftersuses art as a vehicle for exploring various ideas about the future and how we can respond to the changes that are in store for us.
With artists such as Elin Alvemark, Christian Andersson, Hannah Anbert, Malin Bülow, Olafur Eliasson, Alma Heikkilä, Sif Itona Westerberg, Cindy Sherman, and Ulla Wiggen, we travel in and out of the multifaceted, imaginative worlds of stories and myths. At the same time, it incorporates ideas and discoveries from biology, ecology, and technology to give us perspective on our own time.
The word shapeshifteris borrowed from the world of mythology, where it refers to beings with the ability to change form and attributes. In myths, gods transform humans into animals, plants, or objects in order to punish them or to set them free. But in our time, it is not the gods that are causing the transformation. We have taken their place, and our actions are recreating the planet, human societies, and ourselves. How can we influence the shape of the future that awaits us, and what future scenarios can we imagine ourselves in?
Elin Alvemark, Hannah Anbert, Christian Andersson, Isabelle Andriessen, Malin Bülow, Giulia Cenci, Kah Bee Chow, Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Ellisif Hals, Alma Heikkilä, Johannes Heldén, Håkan Jonson, Matti Kallioinen, Lars-Andreas Tovey Kristiansen, Eva L’Hoest, Katja Larsson, Tilda Lovell, Anna Nordström, Gerhard Nordström, Katja Pettersson, Cindy Sherman, Magnus Thierfelder Tzotzis, Sif Itona Westerberg, Ulla Wiggen