Accelerator

Magasin III is one of the initiators of Accelerator, a space where culture meets science, at Stockholm University.

A former physics laboratory at the Stockholm University will be transformed into Accelerator—a unique new arena for exhibitions, screenings, talks and interdisciplinary projects connecting the humanities, social science and science departments.

The idea for Accelerator has been in development for a long time and was initiated by David Neuman, Museum Director at Magasin III and Affiliated Professor at Stockholm University’s MA program Curating Art; and Professor Margaretha Rossholm-Lagerlöf. Magasin III has been involved with the Curating Art program since 2003 and this longstanding commitment between the institutions will now enter a new phase as Magasin III becomes the first strategic and financial partner of the project.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor at Stockholm University, is spokesperson for the project. Professor Johan Kleman, who has has previous experience in building new enterprises and structures within the university, has been appoitned pro tem director of Accelerator during the construction phase, and senior advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on strategic partnerships.

The underground Manne Siegbahn accelerator hall boasts 1,700-square meters of floor space and a 7-meter ceiling height; it lies just two minutes from the subway stop Universitetet. Akademiska hus will be responsible for the renovation, which will meet strict climate requirements essential for exhibiting sensitive art on loan. The project is scheduled to open in 2017.

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