On past two weeks…

I was quite silent recently, because of my MA project, which is taking over my life sometimes. Nevertheless it wasn´t just all about work, I saw a couple of great exhibitions and few gigs. It´s also time when applying master´s students know their results, so congrats to all who have been accepted! Majo wrote a very nice and comprehensive guide for incoming students, read it here, if you haven´t already!

Opening exhibitions are great way of socializing, even if you´re not an art buff. When you´re a student, free entrance and free snacks, are also big teasers, as we all know! And when you´re studying at HDK, you don´t even have to go very far…there are exhibitions around the building, Röhsska Museet is next door and Valand Akademin is across the street. If we are talking about Valand Akademin, students of Fine Art and Photography are exhibiting their Thesis works! It kicked off March 27 and it´ll open until April 2. I haven´t been there yet, but I am planning to do that. I recently visited an exhibition of another Valand student, Emma Skerfe, called The roles we were born to fill” in Galleri Monitor. Several objects, two paintings and texts were well-presented in small, dimly lit space of the gallery. The absence of spotlights, so often use in museums, created an interesting atmosphere around the already very darkly colored paintings. It also allowed play of shadows on the walls and floor, which were very complementary to the presented art objects. And obviously it also worked very well with one of the motives of the exhibition, a motif of “departure”.

Last weekend I went for “The End” party of “Frippe och Frida” cafe, which is closed now. Unfortunately I never had chance to visit it and I went to this party, because my friend´s band, Poppets, was playing there.

“Have you ever chewed a big wad of bubblegum on the beach and gotten sand blown in your mouth? That sugary crunchiness, crackle and pop sensation is similar to the sound of POPPETS, a drum machine based garage-pop duo from Sweden. The group consists of Lina and Magnus, whose crazy pop hooks will instantly make you fall head over heels in love.”

That´s who they are and this how they sound!

Röhsska Museum is currently hosting a first separate major exhibition of Christian-Pontus Andersson called “Eden, See you on the Other Side”. Christian-Pontus Andersson is a Swedish artist who is creating hyper-realistic nude sculptures in porcelain or fibreglass. Realistically made human bodies are merged with artists imagination and as a result you get fairly disturbing images, which’s interpretation would be a longer story.

Röhsska Museum is An Institution, with their collection of design and Asian artefacts, but mainly because of their top exhibitions, cultural activities and never-ending effort to make that place even better.

As a part of his master´s project, Ibou had an exhibition, where he was exploring a relationship between designer and client, the ways how to communicate and understand each other better, or maybe how to fight better…Getting in Touch 3.3

This Friday, Magnus was hosting a workshop “Sound Perspectives on Critical Type”, which was also part of his degree project. Magnus is a graphic designer and musician (Poppets!) and he sees a connections between music and typography and he is questioning both.

” The ”good” typography should not be visible, but help the reader comprehend the message of a text with a minimum of obstructions. But is the “good” typography always the most efficient way to get through to the reader? Is efficiency even relevant?

As a musician and music nerd I often find that skewness, mistakes and distortions is what make music interesting and attracts attention, rather than when radio friendly produced to upset no one.

During an evening of music, lecture, bar ( ◖tiny, so think BYOB/own bag◗ ), workshop and discussion we will together explore how the skewness, mistakes and distortions from music can give us new perspectives on typography.”

I finished the week with another lovely gig in Truckstop Alaska, magical place in Hisigen, which was hosting  great and only Bob Log III. Even though my body still aches, it was a great party!

All the best,

Jakub

PS: Next post will be about Botaniska Trädgården, if weather allows…

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