If the image of Småland is an extreme cliché of the image Sweden, with IKEA, red houses, forests and lakes – then Mariannelund could perhaps be described as the cliché of Småland. It is the heart of Astrid Lindgren´s world. With a shrinking population of currently 1500 inhabitants the place is known via Astrid Lindgren's books about Emil in Lönneberga. The films based on the books were shot in Mariannelund and surrounding area in the early 1970s and in 2013 an exhibition about filmmaking was created. This has grown and moved into a brand new building (1200m2) and a modern film museum with ambitious plans to become a centre of children’s movies in Sweden. The plan is that the international artist-in-residence, which has been run by the Cultural Academy of Mariannelund since 2008, will expand to a residence program inviting filmmakers from all over the world. The nature around Mariannelund is hilly and woody. The inland ice has created several remarkable and magnificent natural phenomena in the area, including the Runkesten, a large cliff block that is at its tip and, despite its size, can be rocked by hand.

 

A retreat in the town Mariannelund in the off-season period inevitably creates a very different experience than if we would have organised this retreat in the summer. Not only more darkness than light but the challenges of contemporary rural infrastructure also make themselves extra apparent, highlighting issues that the participants all deal with in their daily work. Focusing on conversation and the physical meeting, we interrogated the particularities of rural and “off radar” art production. From Markus Vallien, and Residency in Nature, we also learnt how to make fire without matches and “awaken the sun”. During the course of the retreat we made a number of short video interviews where we matched a specific concepts to individual participants (travel, freedom, scale, education, money) as a point of departure for in-depth conversations on the topics ranging from learning from localities, waking up the fire within and finding conceptual solutions to practical problems.

 

This is the start of a number of discussions on the possibilities and challenges of rural residencies as sites of productive artistic development and an attempt to advance more critical approaches towards the notion of cultural sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Participants:

 

Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Scenographer and director of Narva Art Residency Estonia

 

 

Anna Mellergård

KAIM, Mariannelund

 

 

Abraham Hurtado
artist,founder/director of AADK Spain platform at
Centro Negra in Blanca, Murcia

 

 

Camilla Eksel
dance developer, Region Jönköpings län

 

 

Chun Lee Wang Gurt
Artist, and curator , Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

Colm Ó Ciarnáin
director, Kultivera residency program, Tranås

 

 

Filippa de Vos

Director of Växjö konsthall

 

 

Fredrik Sandblad

Italienska Palatset

 

 

Helen Goodwin
Artist, United Kingdom / Kaim Mariannelund

 

 

Işın Önol
curator and writer, coordinator Nesin art village in Şirince on Turkeys wet coast

 

 

Jonatan Habib Engqvist

curator and project manager, Nya Småland

 

 

Katarzyna Pagowskaen
Artist and exhibition designer, Warzaw, Poland

 

 

Laura Bianco
Artist and filmmaker, Milan, Italy

 

 

Malin Lindmark Vrijman
Kultivator, experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice, Dyestad

 

 

Markus Emilsson

Co-Lab Småland

 

 

Markus Vallein
farmer and artist, Gissamåla farm /

Residency in Nature

 

 

Mathieu Vrijman
Kultivator, experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice, Dyestad

 

 

Mike Bode
artist and researcher / project manager, Nya Småland

 

 

Seher Uysal
Artist and researcher, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

Signe Johannessen
artist, co-founder of Artlab Gnesta outside of Stockholm

 

 

Sixten Sanne-Göransson

Rävemåla residency

 

 

Sunday Dolph Christopher Aimuamwosa

Filmmaker and Director of Golden Sheep Productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video courtesy of Bahar Yurukoglu

 

 

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22-23 November 2017, Konsthall Betel, Marinannelund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariannelundsyndrome was a two-day international retreat in Mariannelund which discussed methodology and explored the potentials, challenges and formats of artistic programming in places that are “off the radar” or can be hard to access.

Video courtesy of Bahar Yurukoglu