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Jonas Dahlberg,

Stockholm, August 26th - October 02nd, 2004
Image No. 1 of Jonas Dahlberg

Weightless Space 1 (Installation view), 2004, video installation, loop, projection 4:3 proportions, 400-500 cm. wide, ed 4/6 + 2 AP

 
Jonas Dahlberg has gained international attention for his video installations of illusory architectural spaces - often shot in highly complex large-scale architectural models. In these works the problematic of active and passive surveillance, the psychological disorientation caused by camera movements through large systems of artificial spatiality, and the ambiguous position of the self appear as basic questions.

The work presented in the exhibition is a film with the title Weightless Space 1 and shows a conventional, unfurnished seventies room, with a door slightly opened to a brightly lit outside. The film is projected on one of the gallery walls, creating the illusion of a slightly displaced spatial extension of the gallery room. What we see is a pot with a green plant slowly floating around as if in zero gravity.

Watching this endlessly enduring film of weightlessness the viewer who is bound to gravity may perceive his own body as unusually heavy. Like so often, Dahlberg evokes a moment of deep estrangement by challenging our everyday experiences of time and space, that we so often take for granted. The room is a miraculous little world in itself, just like the "snow- dome-souvenir" clutched by the dying millionaire, in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, as he remembers his boyhood sledge "Rosebud."

Weightless Space 1 will also be shown at the Biennial in Sao Paolo this autumn where Jonas Dahlberg has been chosen by Moderna Museet in Stockholm to represent Sweden. Weightless Space 1 will be shown together with his most recent film, Invisible Cities, which is a part of a continuing project dealing with small towns of 10.000 to 100.000 inhabitants, whose existence is hardly known to people from the outside and thus are "invisible" in a broader international media context.

In relation to the exhibition at the Sao Paolo Biennial, Moderna Museet will publish a book about the project Invisible Cities, which will be available at the gallery.

Jonas Dahlberg was born in Borås, Sweden, in 1970. He currently lives and works in Stockholm. From September 2004 to September 2005 Jonas Dahlberg will hold a residency at ISCP in New York.
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Image No. 2 of Jonas Dahlberg

Weightless Space 1 (film still), 2004, video installation, loop, projection 4:3 proportions, 400-500 cm. wide, ed 4/6 + 2 AP

 
Image No. 3 of Jonas Dahlberg

Weightless Space 1 (film still), 2004, video installation, loop, projection 4:3 proportions, 400-500 cm. wide, ed 4/6 + 2 AP





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