University of Gothenburg

Room 501: Projects space

Exhibition, 20/11 - 25/11

Venue: HDK

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Room 501: Projects space


During Open Week, Room 501 in HDK will host the projects space. The projects space will present a variety of works and publications from graduates and researchers within Gothenburg University and beyond. Central to the project space will be a discursive structure that allows the venue to continue to be a bookable space for events and classes during Open Week.


ROOM 501: Projects Space exhibitors include: Emelie Röndahl & Klara Bothén.

Rya Weaving: Where does the picture start? by Emelie Röndahl
Rya Weaving: Where does the picture start? is the current title of my PhD project in Crafts. The project is structured around my woven works, made at HDK as well as in my studio space where I live outside of Göteborg. The series I call Serial Babies is the project started within the research project. This project depicts just one picture, multiplied in a sequence, with small differences.

The tapestries are all in same size made from the same materials, tracing lines from the same cartoon attached under the warp. Differences depend on my artistic decisions. This part of my research project explores the topics of serial repetition, dislocation, manipulation, visual understanding, translations, pixels, and how we see.

The works I am weaving are from an enlarged 1950’s “bokmärke”, a collectable card, originally made for young girls to swop in schoolyards, depicting a child. My technique – the traditional woven rya, is the fluffiest of all woven techniques.

The Invocation of X by Klara Bothén
The Invocation of X is based in domestic textile handicrafts, and delves into alternative perceptions of history, craft and agency, and the shared matrix of the textile and the digital. It is all filtered through a sampler book: a collection of cross stitch symbols. The book is used to explore how its imagery constitutes a textile language – a mode of communication that has been superseded by the written word. The cross stitch language is a hidden code. I am processing the code digitally, and the small stitches are magnified into patchwork pixels. My aim is to explore how textile handicrafts can be used to transgress borders: in this case, the ideological division between domestic and public space.

Photo credits: Ian Hobbs



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