Metamorphoses

 

Metamorphoses

Master's degree project, Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design), 2006

This project was inspired by The Metamorphoses by Ovid (43 BC –17 AD) – over 250 Greek and Roman myths retold in verse and collected in fifteen books. My fifteen books of Metamorphoses tell a different story – they reveal glimpses of my own story, true as well as imagined (assuming there is a difference).
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Other voices are also brought in to broaden perspectives and change my original intentions into something I could never have imagined from the beginning (thereby bringing about another form of metamorphosis). To discover something new, to be surprised, means letting go of control and dealing with whatever comes up. For each of the books I asked a special person to interpret the book’s theme and put their thoughts and experiences into words, no matter how long or in what form.
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The first fourteen books are handmade in a limited edition, some also containing other media such as sound, film and a web portal. Book no 15 represents the whole project and is printed in an edition of 500.
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The Book of Birth
The Book of Memories
The Book of History
The Book of Gender
The Book of Pain
The Book of Coincidence
The Book of Imagination
The Book of Transience
The Book of Escape
The Book of Death
The Book of Nature
The Book of Sound
The Book of Light
The Book out of Control
The Book of Obsession

The Book of Birth: 146 boys and 149 girls born in Sweden on the same day: 30 November 1971. I was one of them. Who would I be today, what memories would I have, if my consciousness had woken up in a different body? I contacted my birth mates, hoping to find out. Text written by Motzart Kroetzmeyr.
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The Book of Memories: Happenings turn into memories and become uncountable layers of our being. Some memories fade, some melt together, some are completely unrecognizable. Some memories we just don’t remember that we remember. But a few are so strong that they change us forever. Text written by Erik Krikortz.
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The Book of History: This book is based on glass negatives depicting the childhood and adolescence of my grandfather and his two siblings Dora and Günther in Austrian Styria 1910–1930. Letters by my great grandmother to her son-in-law represent the 30s and 40s. Nostalgia for my family’s history, but also a documentation of the Zeitgeist. Text written by Tessa Praun.
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The Book of Gender: A collaboration with gender variant visual artist Del LaGrace Volcano. A gender experiment, challenging myself and my thoughts around being female, photographs and a dialogue between Del, Ulrika Flink (educated in cultural studies) and myself. The book also contains a queer glossary. Text written by Del LaGrace Volcano.
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The Book of Pain: Intense pain can change a person, both physically and mentally. Brainstorm is a journey through the world of a migraineur from A–Z: it mixes informative facts with personal experiences and curiosities. Text written by Liv Stoltz.
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The Book of Coincidence: Photos of poster fragments in Berlin. Coincidence creates compositions in colour, typography and form. Unpredictable new meanings and images emerge and tell a story about a city and its inhabitants. Photos by Nino Strohecker. Text by Carouschka Streiffert.
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The Book of Imagination: Imagination has the power to create poetic phrases, which can be the seed to a completely new flora: Flowers of Swords. Text written by Richard Julin.
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The Book of Transcience: An interpretation of a song about transient love in the shape of a butterfly collector’s box. Text written by Yoko Yamano.
The Book of Escape: Flicka – Birth of a Superheroine. 16 images are telling a story about the wish to turn weakness into power. When the young woman Ess is suffering from migraines, Flicka escapes out of her body and can do whatever she wants. Text written by Erik Jennische.
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The Book of Death: When we die our bodies are buried into the ground and eaten by worms. But where does our soul go? A book with black and white photographs from the cemeteries in Paris, inverted to create a suggestive atmosphere. The worm holes through the pages are inspired by my favourite book from childhood: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Text written by Laurie Haycock Makela.
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The Book of Nature: Nature represents an eternal flow of colours and intensity. This book contains a “domesticated” version of nature in form of wallpaper-like patterns, inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s discoveries of symmetry in nature. Text written by Eva Björkström.
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The Book of Sound: Each book is interpreted by a sound piece that is based on samplings from other sound pieces, movies, readings or noises. The book contains an iPod with the fifteen sound pieces. By Prank. Text written by Thomas Watkiss.
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The Book of Light: The eternal flow of light and darkness is best visualized through the medium film. This book contains a small screen that shows a looping film, with two angels representing the light and the darkness. Text written by Nils Forsberg.
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The Book Out of Control: Every person who opens this book should see a different story. A screen in the book connects the reader with a homepage, that leads the way out from the exhibition space. Text written by Miriam Bäckström.
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The Book of Obsession: Epilogue written by Rolf Hughes.