June 2014
New film at Tensta Konsthall:
Miraklet i Tensta (Theoria)/ The Miracle in Tensta (Theoria)

The Miracle in Tensta (Theoria)
11.6–28.9 2014 Magnus Bärtås' new film, The Miracle in Tensta (Theoria) is a wayward depiction of how the Virgin Mary appeared in Tensta in the summer of 2012, based on testimonies on the internet. With the help of Tensta residents, the testimonies have been visualized and shot in the same room in the gallery where the film will be shown. A part of The New Model.

Theoria is the Greek word for talking about something witnessed. If, during ancient times, someone experienced an extraordinary event, like the Olympics or a religious ritual, a theoria was performed when they returned home. Theoria consisted of a journey, a witnessing, and of the social situation when the person shared her experiences. In ancient times philosophers talked in terms of "ritualized visuality" that received a political significance where the person lived.

The theoria that is dealt with in the work is based on the events that took place in Tensta in August 2012. On August 22, people in Tensta witnessed that that they had seen the Virgin Mary appearing in the sky. Dagens Nyheter's UFO expert Claes Svahn wrote about the event, and the following evening thousands of people gathered in the Syriac Orthodox church (Sankta Maria Kyrka) in Tensta. Again the miracle was witnessed, both in the condensation in the windows and in the trees outside the church.

Theoria is a part of the research-based project The New Model: An Enquiry, initiated by Maria Lind and Lars Bang Larsen in 2011. The participants in The New Model, Magnus Bärtås, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dave Hullfish Bailey and Hito Steyerl, have been invited to produce new works for the project.

Människor och tro

May 2014

”Kumiko, Johnnie Walker & the Cute”
at Whitechapel Gallery, London, in connection with the Chris Marker-exhibition:
A series of presentations, screenings and discussions respond to the theme of memory, illustrating how the concept is interwoven throughout Marker’s life and work. Providing new approaches to understanding Marker’s practice, contributors to the first day include Magnus Bärtås, Raymond Bellour, Chris Darke and Richard Hollis.

”8+1” konstnärer”, Kulturparken Småland

Stipendiater 1993-2014 ur Gunvor Kamkes & Sven Joanns minnesfond. Stiftelsen grundades 1990 och dess ändamål är att dela ut stipendier till välförtjänta konstnärer eller författare med anknytning till Kronobergs län.

March 2014:
Alla monster måste dö ges ut på kanadensiskt förlag/ All monsters must die will be published at Canadien publishing house House of Anansi:
All Monsters Must Die - an excursion to North Korea to delight the English language area
The wonderful All Monsters Must Die by authors Fredrik Ekman and Magus Bärtås will finally delight readers from the English language area.
The prestigious publisher House of Anansi will make sure to spread the word everywhere.
To quote the acquiring editor, Ms Yoon, "It’s a fascinating, timely, and almost unbelievable account of modern-day North Korea, of the history of Asian cinema, and of the story of the two most famous Korean actors, kidnapped for years by the dictator Kim Il-Jong. It’s one of those stories that must be told, given all of the intrigue and mysterious machinations within the hermit kingdom, and how it has captured the public’s imagination, especially of late in the Western world."
The title is previously sold to Finland, to Tammi publishing house.

Biografi included in Oberhausen on tour 2014

Three films presented at the research seminar ”Loitering with intent”, Stockholm University of Arts

February 2014:
Microhistories at Moderna Museet, Stockholm:
Welcome to a full-day seminar in collaboration with Konstfack and the interdisciplinary research project Microhistories.
Video essays have the ability to capture details or phenomena and show how they relate to a larger context. This orientation is shared by the discipline of scientific historiography called microhistory. Just like the filmic essay, the discipline studies habits and routines rather than deliberate acts: an interest in underlying mentalities rather than expressed conceptions.
Artists, theoreticians and historians who work with microhistorical issues participate in the seminar. Film screenings, discussions and lectures will explore the exception rather than the rule, including everyday, overlooked details – which may turn out to be as important as the “grand” established history.
The film programme gathers works that relate to microhistory, in which the positions of the text and the narrator play decisive roles.

January 2014:
Madame & Little Boy at Hirschhorn Museum, Washington:

November 2013
”Titos lustgård”, new text in Granta No. 2 (Swedish edition):

Biografi at 30. Kasseler Dokfest

October 2013
Biografi at Uppsala International Short Film Festival (national competition)

New essay (together with Fredrik Ekman) in Swedish issue of Granta (No. 2)

Solo show at Smålands Konstarkiv, Vandalorum, Värnamo

Madame & Little Boy at Stockholm Litterature Festival, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

August 2013

Group show: ”Real DMZ”, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea. Opening on August 22.
This exhibition, on the second and third floors of the Artsonje Center, investigates not only the ways in which the North is viewed from outside, but examinines the relevant relationships that exist between the South and the North. It suggests ways in which we might rethink our relationship with North Korea, a place that is virtually impossible to visit, and which sometimes feels like an entirely foreign country, though it nevertheless remains an inextricably linked aspect of Korea’s national identity.
The works exhibited in Artsonje Center feature photographs and films that incorporate a diverse range of scenes from the North, giving us new ways and new opportunities to reflect upon our own view and standpoints. The current relationship between the South and the North is inflexible and the future is somewhat difficult to foresee. The previous administrations of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun attempted a ‘Sunshine Policy’, which made visits between two easier. Artworks by NOH Suntag and Seung-woo Back feature in the exhibition, who have both traveled to the North and documented life across the border first-hand. Their photographs, which have passed through censorship by the government in the North, reveal the ways in which the state would like to be seen by us, and others. In his work, Utopia, Back reconstructs and reassembles propaganda photographs produced by North Korea through digital manipulation. This is also the case with Back’s Blow up, where parts of the photographs which had been cut and obscured through censorship are redeveloped and then enlarged into a bigger image. On the other hand, NOH Suntag’s Red House deploys a journalistic approach, and presents the artist’s views that “North Korea is an international music star who knows the most flamboyant way to play a duet between concealing and revealing”. The exhibition also features a selection of works by Armin Linke, who photographed North Korea during a visit in 2005. Hiroshi Minamishima also documented scenes in the North relatively recently, at a time when passage was being blocked due to worsening relations.
Unlike artists who have visited North Korea in person, Sean Snyder works with images that have been collected from the Internet. Being interested in the ways in which images of North Korea are portrayed in the media, Snyder provides the viewer with cropped photographs of the feel of Jong-il Kim, wearing his notorious ‘height-boosting’ shoes. Beginning with images of North Korea, the exhibition moves towards reflections upon the experiences of North Korean defectors. This is immediately visible in Chien-Chi Chang’s film, which records the kind of rugged journey so typical of any escape from North Korea, in this case fleeing through China before finally arriving in a relative safe haven. A work by Suyeon Yun also appears here, depicting the experience of people who have escaped the North and then resettled in the South.
The final chapter of the exhibition presents artworks that hover around the border between the South and the North. Madame & Little Boy by Magnus Bärtås creates an overlap between the ideology of the Cold War and the images of Eun-hee Choi, the actress who was abducted and forced to live and work in North Korea. Tourism in Communism by Yang Ah Ham is portraying a Mt. Gumgang tourist area coachman was filmed in 2005, on site where the North Korean government gives the South Korean tourists permission to visit. Power Passage by Park Chan-kyong is composed of a film that places, side-by-side, scenes of work in the dockyards of the United States and the Soviet Union, and the underground tunnel dug by North Korea, as well as other relevant texts and images. Door to the Sky, a film by Raqs Media Collective, is also featured, consisting of a door that looks like it is part of the wreckage of a destroyed airplane, opening itself up to the sky, addressing the limitations of power or force, while also revealing the almost miraculous resilience that certain materials hold against their own destruction.
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June 2013
”Biografi” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Les Rencontres Internationales)

New Essay: "Om det gulliga" (in Swedish)

May 2013
”Madame & Little Boy” at Busan International Short Film Festival

”Biografi” at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (international competition)
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"ABCDEFGHI" (Kay Rosen, Magnus Bärtås, Mladen Stlinovic and Meric Algun Ringborg), Marabouparken, Stockholm.
The exhibition ABCDEFGHI presents works by four artists who all share an interest in the linguistic. The first nine letters of the alphabet would not signify much were it not for the fact that the final two letters appear in a different colour and form the word HI. The title of the exhibition, which is also the title of a work by the American artist Kay Rosen, is a greeting as well as an invitation to look closer at language and the ability of words to assume various functions, meanings and behaviours, as conveyors, generators, signs and images.
Kay Rosen, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Magnus Bärtås and Mladen Stilinovic work in different geographic contexts, have different native tongues but all use language as method, form and image in order to direct our attention to its impact on our way of speaking, thinking, reading, communicating and perceiving the world. With small additions, emphases and dislocations, their works open up our way of observing and comprehending things which we perhaps otherwise would not have noticed, and give equal prominence to misreadings and misunderstandings as to precision and exactitude.

March 2013
”Biografi” at Tempo Documentary Film Festival (national competition)
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January 2013
”Biografi” at Gothenburg International Film Festival

December 2012

Biografi (Biography) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. December 5, at 5 pm.

October-November 2012

Madame & Little Boy is now a part of the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

New text for E-journal Issue 2 (Gwangju Biennale)

Madame & Little Boy at San Francisco Film Society and the Nordic Documentary Film Festival
Beijing / Shanghai / Guangzhou (curated by Henry Sang).

Uppsala Konstmuseum
20/10 -25/11 2012
THE COLLECTOR, En utställning om konstnärer och samlande.
Magnus Bärtås, Ditte Ejlerskov, Annika Eriksson, Jårg Geismar, Oscar Guermouche, Hyun-Jin Kwak, Charles LaBelle, Matts Leiderstam och EvaMarie Lindahl. Barock- och renässansföremål från The Olbricht Collection, The Collectors Room, Berlin och från Augsburgska konstskåpet, Gustavianum, Uppsala.

7/9 – 11/11 2012
9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
Live Biography, new work for 9th Gwangju Biennale, 2012
Beyond metaphor, ROUNDTABLE simultaneously describes the working relationship of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale’s six Co-Artistic Directors (Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, MamiKataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika), the conversational interaction of its six sub-themes, and its non-linear structure.

7-15/9 2012
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Magnus Bärtås, Petra Bauer, Johanna Billing, Nathaniel Mellors
7-15 September 2012
Launch Friday 7 September

7-17/8 2012
Locarno International Film Festival
Biografi, 21 min.

3/3-1/4 2012
Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb
“Bogey (The Hospital)”
Together with Lars-Henrik Ståhl

G-MK presents the new project by the Swedish artists and architects Magnus Bartas and Lars Henrik Stahl. The project is the result of a several months of research focusing on the usage of public space in the city of Zagreb and is based on questioning the relations between the public and private sector and their role in reshaping the urban landscape in the Croatian transitional economy.
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New Book Release!

Alla monster måste dö
– see Publications
Nominated to Augustpriset! (”The August Prize”)

A Postcard from Afar: North Korea from a Distance, apexart New York
curated by Mark Feary
January 11 - March 10, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 11: 6-8 pm
Featuring works by: Magnus Bärtås, Alain Declercq, Jim Finn, Tony Garifalakis, Soni Kum, Jung Lee, and Karl Tuikkanen.

From Wire Magazine:
"Oberhausen on Tour
The Oberhausen short film festival hits the road on 19 January with a debut
screening in Hanover, Germany. The selection of 50 films from the past two
festivals will be shown at 27 venues across Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany,
France, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Austria, Romania and
Switzerland. Highlights include winners of the Grand Prize of the City of
Oberhausen, Magnus Bärtås's Madame & Little Boy, and the best entry award in
the German Competition, Gesang der Jünglinge by Andree Korpys and Markus
Löffler. 19 January­June."


Turku Biennial 2011 – Patterns of the Mind

Turku Biennal 2011

”Stand Opposite of the Chours”,
Galleri Rotor, Göteborg, 9/9 2011–20/11 2011

The title of the exhibition, Stand Opposite of the Chorus, is the stage direction given to the protagonist in Greek tragedies for their position in relation to the chorus (their narrator) and the audience. In these works, the artists have changed the protagonist¿s narrative through an alteration to the set, storyteller or audience. A new narrative takes shape along with sentiments¿such as humor, tragedy, resolution, etc.¿that were not a part of the original story and creates new audience within the art context. ?Works by Magnus Bärtås (Stockholm, in collaboration with Petra Bauer, Kajsa Dahlberg, Sara Lundén, Matti Kallioinen and Karolina Pahlén), Marcelline Delbecq (Paris), Christian Jankowski (Berlin), Sara Jorenö (New York), Tova Mozard (Stockholm), Lisa Tan (New York/Stockholm), Richard T. Walker (San Francisco), and found sculptural busts. ?curated by Laura Mott.

About the work in ”Stand Opposite of the Chours”,
Berättelser om Danielle Tjajkovskij/Stories about Danielle Tjajkovskij
2006 (together with Petra Bauer, Kajsa Dahlberg, Sara Lundén, Matti Kallioinen and Karolina Pahlén)

In 1997 I found six notes from Konsum on my bicycle. They where all signed by someone called “Danielle Tjajkovskij”. This person offered a wide range of services, from cleaning, to private tutorials in piano, violin, chemistry, mathematics, among other subjects. Furthermore she offered massage, physiotherapy and different forms of assistance. Her name and even her phone number (720 40 40) had a fictional tone to it. I never called her number but copied the notes and gave them to four artists within a framework of a collaboration with curator Karolina Pahlén. In 2006 this process resulted in a TV-program for the local TV-station Öppna kanalen (“Open channel”) in Stockholm, as a part of the art program Good TV. Each artist made their own research and interpretation of the life and deed of Danielle Tjajkovskij. A life story is an orbit that passes and touches so many tropes, “disciplines” and discourses, and this process came to open up many of these in an most unexpected way.
Galleri Rotor

SpotCity Text art, Gothenburg
SpotCity Text art 2011 is held September 4 to September 25 2011 at Brunnsparken, Fredsgatan, Södra Hamngatan, King Gustav Adolfs torg, and Nordstan shopping mall. SpotCity Text art investigates text as an artistic expression and as a possibility to communicate in the urban space.

Participating artists: Magnus Bärtås, Zhang Dali, Tomas Ferm/Ann-Charlotte Rugfelt Ferm, Johan Heldén, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Stefan Karlsson, Fia-Stina Sandlund, Dana Sederowsky.
SpotCity Text art

”Do You Know How to Whitebalance”, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

4 – 14/10 2011
Curated by Katarina Frank [UK/SWE]
Videos by twelve Swedish artists exploring social, political, cultural and psychological aspects of living in contemporary society through narratives and storytelling.
RMIT Scool of Art Gallery