Since the beginning of the 1990s, Mats Bigert & Lars Bergström have been investigating extreme weather phenomena and climate-related issues. As early as 1994 they presented their Climate Chambers, large experience-based and interactive works where visitors could experience different types of weather in an artistic context. One of the earlier works that brought them a great deal of notice was Steam Chamber which is included in this exhibition.
The Climate Fix stretches over some 30 years of collaboration, from works inspired by dioramas in biological museums to works that illustrate the connection between our technological advances and the increasingly alarming changes in the climate.
In the summer of 2018, the glacier that marks Kebnekaise’s southern peak had melted so much that it had been replaced as Sweden’s highest point by the northern peak. In 2015, Bigert & Bergström undertook a rescue mission to stop the increase in melting glaciers which is the foremost symptom of increasing climate changes. In their work entitled Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, included in the exhibition, the duo focused on large-scale solutions to fix the climate using so-called geo-engineering.
With an artistically creative approach and a conceptual starting point, they succeed in visualizing important connections between climate and human influence. In the present exhibition they want to problematize how science and technology have sought to control the weather and to create artificial climates. The weather constantly affects us, both physically and mentally and it has influenced history through its unpredictability.
With creative new thinking and penetrating humour they point to the climate’s drastic changes as the most important issue of our time, ultimately determining human survival and the earth as a sustainable planet for all living things.
Mats Bigert (b. 1965) and Lars Bergström (b. 1962) met at what is now the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in the 1980s and since that time have created many joint artworks for the public domain including performative works and films. They operate both in Sweden and abroad. After 30 years of creative collaboration their climate-related works are highly topical.
Vernissage Saturday 8th December
13.00 Screening of the film The Weather War
14.00 Welcoming speech by Annette Prior, museum curator at Bohusläns museum. Agneta von Zeipel, curator, presents the exhibition. Stefan Edman, writer and debater, discusses enviromental issues.
15.00 – 15.45 Lecture by Mark Johnson, associate professor at The University of Gothenburg (in Swedish).
A lecture on 23 January at 18.00 will address the issue of how long we have left in which to stop climate change. The earth’s climate has always changed – but our own very rapid impact has plunged the planet and humanity into a dangerous condition. The lecturer is biologist Stefan Edman (doctor honoris causa) who is the author of a book on climate change entitled Jorden har feber [The earth has a temperature].
Guided tours of the exhibition will be available on the following days at 13.00: 11, 20 December 2018, 16, 22 and 30 January 2019 (in Swedish)
Guided tours in February-April will be published later.