at BRUNAKRA

Brunakra offers residency for artists, writers, journalists, or anybody that carries ideas that requires time and space to realize. The period is supposed to end with an exhibit or presentation of the completed work to the public or specially invited guests. This is our log of previous visiting residents.

Eva Vēvere

The material text

The word context has become a signifier for critical theory and contemporary cultural discussions. The use of the word, according to Google statistics, has increased in popular use throughout the last hundred years. While being used modestly during the 19th century, it took off during early modernism to really explode from the sixties and onwards as post-modernism and critical theory became the main academic and artistic norm, to finally establish itself on a stable though slightly declining line during the last decade. read more

Where I go, you go

Spring 2018 BRUNAKRA Temporary was visited by the choreographer Tori Lawrence accompanied by the dancer Ellie Goudie-Averill, throughout four weeks in May-June 2018.

Together they explored the area while shooting for an upcoming film planed to be released end of 2018. Culminating the residency, they presented an in-progress version of the film as well as a short live site-specific performance. The open reception was held a beautiful day, but also fragile, presenting a work in progress where the Now York dance scene met our hen house. Subtly they took us through their work, leading the attending guests from thought to video screen to the chickens and eventually out in the open fields backside of the farm. Art is never an object, art is subject. Subject to our experiences.

Tori Lawrence

A place for exploration, rather than action.

Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course or, more precisely, what coagulates while modernization is in progress, its fallout.

Rem Koolhaas on Junkspace

Some years ago, Sweden experienced an intense debate regarding urbanization and the prospect for the country’s rural areas. Areas where the population is declining, where industries are moving away and investments are low. Within the discussion, these rural and remote areas were described as “junkspaces”, originally a term invented by the Dutch architect and intellectual Rem Koolhaas to describe spaces that modernization first conquered, used up, and then ultimately left to decay. When inventing the term, he probably didn’t think of areas with rationalized forest production or high-tech equipped farming, surrounded by silence with little to offer in regards to sustainable employment, education, or career opportunities. But as the term was used, it also stuck. Junkspace was suddenly a description of landscapes that were more and more being transformed into the setting rather than being the scene. read more

Galleri

Estimates by Hildegard Skowasch

It has been a frosty spring in Southern Sweden with continuously changing weather, windy, rainy, cold, hail, some sun and then more cold until Hildegard Skowasch´s last day when the sun broke through and warmth came. Hildegards presentation of her work where visited by the usual suspects together with some new acquaintances. Art, sun and beer, it was as Lou Reed sang Such a perfect day. read more

Jose Bote

We strive to expand the Residency Program into an open invite for different expressions and fields of work. Jose Bote is the first playwrighter to attend the program and will stay at BRUNAKRA the last two weeks in June 2017.

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Jose writes as well as directs theatre. In his own playwrights he’s been collecting and reassembling from popular culture and the film classics, while he as a director been mostly interested in staging plays by the masters, specifically Alessandro Baricco, Eugène Ionesco, Calderón de la Barca and William Shakespeare. read more

Hildegard Skowasch

Whenever the label expressionist is used to describe an artist’s work, it could be understood with a certain amount of irony. What would the opposite of expressionism be for an artist? Artworks that express nothing? …and yes if so, that would be decoration. read more

Jacinta Yelland and Ethan Mentzer

We’re happy to welcome Jacinta Yelland and Ethan Mentzer for our resident program during spring 2017.

Jacinta and Ethan are both hunters and collectors, in their separate lines of work. Jacinta through theater, by exploring the foundations of community building, versus an ‘every man for himself’ mentality that persists in todays society. Drawn to explore the medium in hopes of finding ground for 1. dialogue, 2. acceptance 3. positive social change. read more