Footering Notes

15 May 2016 - 13:00 - 22:00

Footering Notes

A Day of events at Fylkingen marking a year of artistic research by Mejan Residents: Bronwyn Jean Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie, Gabo Camnitzer, and Helena Fernandez-Cavada.

The day’s program features a wide range of activities, including a book launch, performances, artistic research with children, film screenings, DJs and karaoke.

Contributing artists include Bronwyn Jean Bailey-Charteris, Cara Tolmie, Gabo Camnitzer in collaboration with pedagogue Christine Eriksson, Helena Fernandez-Cavada, Frida Sandström, Moa Franzén, and Alina Tenser.
Footering Notes is a collaboration between the Mejan Residents, Fylkingen and Frida Sandström.


13:00 - 15:00: Meaning Machine: Artistic research workshop with children - Gabo Camnitzer and Christine Eriksson

Meaning Machine #3

Do you think your child would be interested in exploring the relation between space and sound in performative experimentations? Then let them join us on May 15, 2016 between 13.00-15.00 in a two-hour workshop with children aged 4-6 years-old.
The workshop is organized by artist Gabo Camnitzer (a current Mejan Resident at KKH and lecturer in Fine art at Valand Academy) and Christine Eriksson, PhD student in Early Childhood Education with extensive experience as a teacher and pedagogue in various contexts. This research done with children aims to serve the purpose of together with children exploring the collective fabrication of creativity, thinking and language in performative experimentations with space and sound. This workshop is part of Gabo Camnitzer´s greater research project, “Meaning Machine;” in which he is situating the artistic, poetic and philosophical processes that children take part in and contribute to, through experimentation and variation, and how children’s cognitive and physical strategies might be used to develop adult research methodologies in new and creative ways.

There are 15 spaces in the workshop. If you have a child interested in attending, please RSVP to

Deadline: May 12.

Children will be offered snacks and refreshments.
Parents will be asked to leave children in order to allow them to focus, but are more than welcome to sit in the room next door.
The workshop is closed to adults.
Language- Swedish and English

15:30 - Cinenova Films - Abigail Child and Tina Keane

A screening of two films from the Cinenova women’s film archive selected by Cara Tolmie. Both films were made in collaboration with musicians to explore feminist positions through voice, collage and music.

Hey Mack, Tina Keane, 1982, 25mins
Hey Mack takes the insistent image of passing trucks, filmed from a pedestrian viewpoint, and sets them against the feminist perspective of music by Disband, a New York-based group of women.

8 Million, Abigail Child, 1992, 15mins
With music by Ikue Mori. Musicians: Catherine Jauniaux (vocals), Zeena Parkins (accordian), Hahn Rowe (violin) and Ikue Mori (percussion)

Five short songs chart erotic tales in an urban topology. Includes FISHTANK, SHIVER, KISS OF FIRE, 8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE, and FAINT CLUE. The myths of popular culture—romance and TV soaps— provide the motifs for the work which restructures memory-image-fragment to foreground the body against a mechanised landscape. In the shape of small stories, 8 Million rewrites women's drama through image and song.

16:30 – Coffee Break

16:45 - Letters and Roots
Book Launch
Helena Fernandez-Cavada in conversation with Martí Manen
Special guest artist invited

The aim of Letters and roots is to experiment with the organisation of knowledge and to practice a creative use of languages to debate with the hegemonic discourse of recent Spanish History. During her residencey at Mejan, Helena has started an epistolary conversation with her mother about the daily life under Franco’s dictatorship. The commitment regarding this context is due to the fact that there exists in Spain a strong institutional block against the historical memory of the Civil War and the effects of the dictatorship.

But this project has inquired as well about which kind of language and temporality can be used to speak about the dictatorship. Therefore Helena has experimented with a kind of “epistolary drawings” to be sent to her mother. They have built a relationship where Helena draws and her mother writes a response, where the emotional grammars of drawing and text can be interchanged. This book tries to imagine an eclectic form of knowledge production in the intersection of the emotional interchange, language and power, and the recovery and self-organization of collective intelligence. Letters and roots is also supported by Inter Arts Center and the Spanish Embassy in Stockholm.

18:00 - Film screening of Penelope and Lucinda, 8mins

Artist Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris' ongoing research into the processes and limitations of adaptation, translation and fidelity in contemporary art, continues in this project, utilising performance and video. The work is based on the adaptation of three separate texts into one. Purposely intersecting with cinematic history, intersectional feminism, architectural theory and performativity, the texts for adaptation are: Frank Perry film The Swimmer (1968), Homer's epic poem The Odyssey (750BC) and architectural structure Liljeholmsbadet (built 1929). The work is made in collaboration with Stockholm based artists Anna Kinbom, Iris Smeds, Angela Woda, Sanna Taune, Vanja Sandell Billström and Lucia Pagao. Presented as a video installation at Galleri Mejan and as a single channel presentation at Fylkingen.

Taking a contemporary feminist lens to these texts, the adaptation focuses on the often ignored protagonists, Penelope and Lucinda. Weaved through temporalities of antiquity, the socio-political lens of 1968 and the present day, Penelope and Lucinda act, dream, cry, sleep, manipulate, drink and swim in a body of water that floats on water. Asking how architecture adapts to cinema, Penelope and Lucinda also questions the icons of heroism, the central motif of water and the idea of 'kleos' - a term that relates to the epic poems of Ancient Greece and roughly translatable to immortal fame, rumour, renown. Penelope and Lucinda is centrally about kleos and what people say about you. Or don’t say about you. And who are you when you are a female-read character, a female-read subject. And when you are seen to be female in contemporary art, how are you read? How are you remembered or non-remembered? How are you subject formed or subject forming? What is your kleos?

18:10- Moa Franzen

Moa’s work evolves around the relation between language and violence, rhetoric and ideology, body and power, and often uses low valued and contradictory and complex acts and expressions - like silence, absence and stillness - as tools and expressions for agency and resistance, by directing attention to and displacing hegemonic narratives, acts and forms.

In her performances she takes an interest in how these concepts and practices act within certain situations and contracts, and uses them in order to explore conflict, resistance, vulnerability and protest as well as how power is articulated and distributed, and how it circulates between her body and the audience, and within the audience itself. Her works propose that the audience engage in the politics of the performance and confront their own presence and position and how this acts, discursively and performatively.

18:30- Madeleine Kozma

Madeleine Kozma has been collecting love letters written by Hungarian citizens during World War II. She was born in Sweden but has Hungarian heritage. In this performance she will read love letters in her broken Hungarian and fluent Swedish - accessing her different heritages while being simultaneously included and excluded.

18:45 - Break

19:45- Alina Tenser and Chris Domenick – Coriolis

Alina Tenser and Chris Domenick will have a performative Skype conversation. Domenick will be stationed in a domestic space in New York City and Tenser at Fylkingen in Stockholm. The conversation will be accompanied by matching theatrical sets that will serve as an aid in discussing the conundrum of relating to each other through screens and time zone disparities.

20:15 - Frida Sandström - What is your seating capacity?

A Participatory performance. Part of Frida Sandström's research on linguistic transferences of bodily presence.

Wherever they are written, those words figure as your body. The citation is not a configuration of the
context of an utterance, but of the uttering body itself. If you are part of this writing, your body moves. If the context is empty or absent, you might become a letter.
But: writing is not only about letters.
I was part of this text until it was written. The writing act served a closing movement, taking me out of the context of the text, of which the absent reader might be an absent chair.
What is your seating capacity?
Is it possible to be seated within a system of empty chairs?

21:00 - Cara Tolmie - Incongruous Diva

Incongruous Diva is ongoing performance, evolving over the past year throughout Cara's artistic research project She's Singing - I can feel, boxes break that aims to destabilise the role of ‘The Singer’ as it exists in contemporary popular culture.
The work puts a range of experiments in voice and movement to use in asking questions about whose affects and languages the singing voice acts as a locus for, testing how the performing body might be able to disrupt and infect the flows of value that profit from this voice. Composite blocks of affective material are juxtaposed in order to ask questions of the invisible economies that stick to this role via entities such as youtube covers, vocal sampling and the tyrannical measurement of 'raw talent’.

21:45 – 23:00- Karaoke with DJ Cake Bush

More information on the artists

Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie’s practice experiments from within the intersections of performance, experimental music and moving image and draws from debates surrounding feminisms, the politics of music and experimental pedagogy. She was included in the LUX Associate Artists Programme and is also on the editorial collective for Cesura//Acesso Journal, a publication exploring music, politics and poetics. Other recent exhibitions and performances include Pilot, Solo Exhibition, Rowing London; Pley, commissioned and produced by Picture This, Solo Exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol and Artissima, Turin; Otiumfold residency and performance commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Frieze Projects at Frieze Art Fair, Read Thou Art and Read Thou Shalt Remain, Solo Exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris

Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris (b. 1984) is an Australian born, Stockholm based artist and curator. Her interests are focused upon processes of adaptation, translation and the performance of self in contemporary art through an intersectional feminist lens. Recent research placements include; from 2014-2016, Mejan Resident, a post-graduate research placement in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Art (Kungl. Konsthögskolan), 2013-2014 CuratorLab at Konstfack – University College of Art and Design, Stockholm. Recent exhibition credits include Prufrock (in three acts) at Konstfack Gallery, Storkyrkabdet and Index and Bellowing Echoes at Gertrude Contemporary. Recent teaching experiences include lectures on Chantel Akerman, workshop series on Stephen Willats, Simone Forti and Chris Kraus with Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Film i Samtidskonsten, Gerlesborgskolan and Konstfack.

Gabo Camnitzer

Gabo Camnitzer is an artist and teacher based in Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a lecturer in fine art at Valand Academy at Gothenburg University. He has exhibited at spaces such as: Gertrude Contemporary Art Center, Melbourne, Australia. Exit Art, New York, USA. Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany, among others. He currently sits on the editorial board of the Swedish art magazine, Paletten.

For his project “Meaning Machine,” Camnitzer is conducting research with children with the aim of politically and theoretically situating the use of artistic, poetic and philosophical thought processes by children during early childhood as part of the wider context of art as a mode of meaning-making. In collaboration with early years pedagogue Christine Eriksson, Gabo Camnitzer will be conducting a series of activities with children at Fylkingen, investigating space and sound.

Helena Fernández-Cavada

Helena Fernández-Cavada was born in Madrid and since 2006 she doesn´t wear a watch. She tries to draw every day in order to launch questions and play with them, a process that ranges from the conceptual nomadism, the questioning of established relationships and contradiction as an attitude towards life.

Alice Miceli

Alice Miceli is a Brazilian artist, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Her exhibition record includes the Sao Paulo Biennale, Nara Roesler Gallery, in Sao Paulo, and Max Protetch Gallery, in New York. Her work has been shown widely, including the Japan Media Arts festival, in Tokyo, the TRANSITIO_MX festival, in Mexico City, the transmediale festival, in Berlin, and Documenta XII, in Kassel, among others. Fellowship awards include the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Djerassi, and the Dora Maar House. Alice is the recipient of the 2014 PIPA Prize, in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2015 Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Award, in Miami. She is currently a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, in the Netherlands.

Alina Tenser

Alina Tenser was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She received her BFA from School of the Visual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, CA; and Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY, and Gallery Diet, Miami. Most Recently Tenser's work was shown at Kate Werble Gallery and Susan Inglett gallery in NY. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012.

Chris Domenick

Chris Domenick is a visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, and performance. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the C-12 Award from Hunter College in 2013. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and has been an artist-in-residence at Recess Activities and is currently participating in the Sharpe-Walentas Space Program. He has been included in exhibitions at Room East, Regina Rex, Torrance Shipman, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox Populi, White Box, Louis B James, The Center for Experimental Lectures, The Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA.

Frida Sandström

Frida Sandström is an artist, writer and critic based in Stockholm. She is the producer of art collective MYCKET and part of the editorial board of Paletten Art Journal. She writes regularly for Feministiskt perspektiv and for Kunstkritikk and she was recently guest editor for an issue of the magazine Kritiker, together with Moa Franzén and Caroline Taracci Nilsson. Together with writer Samira Motazedi, Frida develop the performance research project Neshast and she is also involved in the unruly conversation Kapoff – likecommentshare, together with artist Angelica Falkeling. For further information, see:

Moa Franzén

Moa Franzén (b. 1985) is an artist and writer based in Stockholm. Her practice encircles writing and performance and places itself in and between visual arts, choreography and literature. Franzén often works within curatorial collaborations where the organization of temporary spaces for exchange, conversation and performance in contexts defined by the participants themselves is central. Franzén has a Bachelor in Visual Arts from The Royal Institute of Art and Kunstakademiet in Bergen, and a Master in Choreography from New Performative Practices at DOCH. She has shown work nationally and internationally, curated and organized exhibitions, seminars and performances, been published in a number of publications and magazines, and works editorially for the literary magazine Kritiker, where she is a member of the editorial board.

Madeleine Kozma

Madeleine Kozma is an artist based in Stockholm. She has exhibited at spaces such as Zalaegerszeg, Trailer gallery, and Paralax London. She just completed a residency at Dclinic studios, Hungary.


Cinenova Feminist Film and Video Distributor was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women. Each was formed in the early 1980s in response to the lack of recognition of women in the history of the moving image. Both organisations, although initially self-organised and unfunded, aimed to provide the means to support the production and distribution of women’s work in this area, and played critical roles in the creation of an independent and radical media.

Cinenova is a feminist film distributor that lost its funding in 2001 so now is entirely run by volunteers. Cinenova currently distributes over 500 titles that include experimental film, narrative feature films, artists’ film and video, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the present. The themes in these titles include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, reproductive labour, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and importantly, the relations and alliances between these different struggles




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