Based in: Finland
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Public Space, Sculpture / Installation, Sound / Performance
Content: Conceptual, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Participatory
Alte Schweden is an artist duo formed in 2012, consisting of Joakim Hansson (FI) and Sebastian Mügge (SE), both graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå, SE, at masters level. Alte Schweden mainly works with experimental installatorial projects with participatory aspects from the audience. Their main focus lies on discovering how societies (re)gain identity and distinct visions of the future. For each project they choose to collaborate with an external artist or artist group preferably with a local connection to the area they work in.
Working like Alte Schweden can be a delicate balancing act because the end result is never set, the audience is often involved as an active participant and co-creator. Alte Schweden tries to fill the space between different and/or conflicting views in order to trigger curiosity, questioning and uncertainty.
Depending on the project they choose to work within public space and/or within the white cube. They want to bring together different audiences and make them meet inside the works that often are site-specific. The way Alte Schweden sees it, interhuman and political questions that might be difficult to address in a more traditional setting, such as trauma, identity and prejudice, can be explored openly and unconditionally by using artistic means. An example of this is bringing together rival groups to work on parts of an installation, the outcome is often surprising and above expectation. Alte Schweden´s work is often presented as a site-specific installation consisting of various techniques such as video, photo, sound, performance, found objects, or anything else that fits the theme. They mainly work with museums, non-profit galleries, kunsthalles and community based organisations. Alte Schweden´s work is often based on the findings through a residency or similar research environment, past residencies includes Kultuuritehaas Polymer in Tallinn, Estonia and GeoAIR in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Alte Schweden takes a keen interest in the development of the first generations of people born into post-revolutionary and post-war societies and often work in areas such as ex-Yugoslavia, and the former U.S.S.R.