Work in progress: Garden of Ghost Flowers

Drawings of sprites for resonance

A series of talks in relation to an artwork in progress by Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden studio

During the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022, Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art will host a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops focusing on the creation by Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden of a new interactive work. Garden of Ghost Flowers is a changing, living work of art that is expected to reach its finished form in 2025 when it will be shown at the Manchester International Festival, which is also the project’s co-producer. The initial version of the work will be presented in April 2022 at STRP Eindhoven, a festival of art and technology, as part of the ACT Award (Award for Creative Technology). 

The background to the talks is Magasin III’s engagement in following, supporting, and emphasizing artistic processes – a focal point that the institution will explore further in different kinds of collaborations and projects, starting with the series of programs within Work in progress: Garden of Ghost Flowers.

With this particular collaboration, the artists expressed a need to come in contact with specialists within fields concerning sociology, philosophy, neurology, mathematics, and evolutionary biology, among others. During the series, experts are invited to give lectures on subjects related to the project, as well as have conversations with the artists. A reference group of specialists within the artists’ fields of interest are invited to take part in the seminars on-site. During this process, the public will also be invited to participate in certain programs and workshops.

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Session 1, November 24, 2021

Introduction to the artwork under process: Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden studio
With a lecture by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Closing with a Q&A and discussion

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Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

About Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden

Lundahl & Seitl, formed in 2003. The immersive art of Lundahl & Seitl is a continuous research into the question of how we perceive reality and negotiate its various forms.  

It is a worldbuilding, anti-disciplinary practice of choreography, virtual reality, and architecture – radically repurposing the use of everyday technologies by local adaptation, collaboration, reciprocity, and trust. 

Their works and projects have been exhibited in museums and institutions such as the Gropius-Bau / Berliner Festspiele (DE), Tate Britain (UK), Royal Academy of Art (UK), 66th Avignon Festival (FR), Centre Pompidou-Metz (FR), 8th Momentum Biennale (NO), and the Kochi Muziris Biennale (IN). The duo is recipient of a number of awards including the STRP ACT Award 2021, Birgit Cullberg Scholarship, Montblanc Young Directors Award, the Edstrand Foundation Scholarship, and Sven Harry’s Art Prize. They have been Iaspis studio grant holders (1 October 2016 – 31 March 2017). In 2020, they were shortlisted for the Lumen Prize.

Untold Garden is an experiential art studio that explores and builds tools for participatory design and art installations, virtual sculptures, interactive performances, artificial ecologies, and organic social networks. They are based in London and Stockholm and work across the globe.

Lundahl & Seitl and Untold Garden

Credits:

Untold Garden: Max Čelar, Jakob Skote, Dev Kamlaker

Rachel Alexander (dramaturge) Hara Alonso (composer & sound artist), Emma Ward (studio manager), Reuben Carter (technical consultant)

Garden of Ghostflowers is an STRP ACT AWARD 2022 commission

Co-production by STRP (NL) Manchester International Festival (UK) Magasin III (SE) Screen City Biennale (NO)

Lundahl & Seitl is supported by:

Kulturbryggan – Swedish Art Grants Committee l Swedish Arts Council l City of Stockholm