The Weather War, Skissernas Museum, Lund, 22 March—9 Sept. 2018

Since the early 1990s, Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström have been interested in extreme weather phenomena and climate-related issues. The weather and human impact on the climate, not least the desire to influence it, are recurring themes of their oeuvre. Their work often exists at the intersection of man, nature and science. With a conceptual turn, they highlight the importance of artistic creativity as a means to explain complex relationships.
 
With this exhibition, Skissernas Museum draws attention to Bigert & Bergström’s boundary crossing work processes and their exploration of the artist’s role in society. The exhibition presents several installations that originate in what could be called geoengineering projects – attempts to artificially influence climate and weather. In these extensive art projects, Bigert & Bergström deal with the effects of global warming and study climate-related issues from a historical, scientific and social perspective. They leave the studio for research trips and art actions in an expanded public sphere: In the United States, they try to divert a tornado with a machine invented by a Russian scientist. In Italy and Spain, they study salt production and desalination in relation to increasing drought. In Sweden, they cover the southern peak of Kebnekaise to prevent the glacier from melting and the peak from losing its status as the country’s highest.
 
Opening reception Thursday 22 March, 2018.
 
18.30 Opening of the exhibition with climate scientist Emily Boyd, director of the Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS).

19.15 Conversation with the art critic Anna Nittve and the artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström.

 

Reverse Osmosis Plant
UV-printed photo on vinyl foil,
acrylic spheres, low energy lights
140 x 88 x 100 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013

Images


Installation image The Freeze
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise
Photo: Emma Krantz/Skissernas Museum
Bigert & Bergström 2016
Salt Pan Crystals
Photo: Emma Krantz/Skissernas Museum
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Tornado Diverter/Space Solar Mirrors
Photo: Emma Krantz/Skissernas Museum
Bigert & Bergström 2012
Hail Cannon
Photo: Emma Krantz/Skissernas Museum
Bigert & Bergström 2012
The Problem
Photo: Emma Krantz/Skissernas Museum
Bigert & Bergström 2012

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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