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NORDIC/BALTIC STUDIO FOR CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT


Rural Resistance

interdisciplinary, post-MFA workshop
August 5-12, 2017 - Rejmyre, Sweden

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Rejmyre Art LAB’s post-graduate workshops create an opportunity for continued engagement for a select group of recent graduates from leading international MFA programs.

As an artist-run organization, focused on place-based making, we seek to craft an intimate enivornment, where we can learn from eachother and the engagement with a particular site. Our workshops are co-facilitated by members of our organization and past workshop participants.

Our 2017 workshop, Rural Resistance, attempts to think the relationship between these two terms. As the call to resistance sounds in response to authoritarian, nationalist movements around the world, we turn our attention to studying and perhaps developing strategies of resistance inherent in our artistic practices. Simultaneously, we are considering what strategies of resistance exist within the rural context, and the drive towards a rural existence.

The workshop is open to practitioners from both visual art and craft educations, seeking to create a meeting place between these two fields. Activities include a combination of individual and collaborative exercises, work presentations, peer critique and living together in community.

Since its inception in 2009, Rejmyre Art LAB's workshops, residencies, seminars and exhibitions have engaged Rejmyre, a small, glass factory town, and the nearby village of Kalbo, both located amidst the forest and lakes two hours southwest of Stockholm.


for a more complete picture of the Nordic Studio, download a PDF of the publication documenting our 2012 post-MFA workshop


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Past workshops


CLEARCUT
interdisciplinary, post-MFA workshop
August 6-12, 2016 - Rejmyre, Sweden
 

Rejmyre Art LAB’s post-graduate workshops create an opportunity for continued engagement for a select group of recent graduates from leading international MFA programs.

As an artist-run organization, focused on place-based making, we seek to craft an intimate enivornment, where we can learn from eachother and the engagement with a particular site. Our workshops are co-facilitated by members of our organization and past workshop participants. Our 2016 summer workshop, CLEARCUT, explores the physical, conceptual and metaphoric dimensions of industrial forestry practice.

The workshop aims to make craft of the physical and conceptual spaces created, on a regular basis in our region, by the forestry practice of clearcutting. Clearcutting is a fundamental method of what is referred to as "the Swedish Forestry Model”, one could argue this is one of Sweden’s largest ideological, environmental exports. How can we use our artistic practices to think through the implications of this way of relating to nature? We take, as our starting point, a physical space, inhabiting a specific clearcut in the nearby forest. From there, we go in our own directions, together.

What might it might mean to make a “clearcut”, as a contemporary artist? What might we cut ourselves clearly from and to? What is contained in the desire to make a “clear cut”, the fantasy of a clean severing, a laying bare, a land prepped for renewal? We invite you to join us in exploring these questions and others you bring to the site.


for a more complete picture of the Nordic Studio, download a PDF of the publication documenting our 2012 post-MFA workshop
 
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Everything you want was already here

interdisciplinary, post-MFA workshop
August 20-25, 2014 - Rejmyre, Sweden

Rejmyre Art LAB’s post-graduate workshops seek to create a space for continued engagement and international network building for a select group of recent graduates from leading international MFA programs.

Rejmyre Art LAB is an artist-run organization focused on place-based making. Our 2014 summer workshop, Everything you want was already here, will explore our relationship to what “is” and our desire to alter it. The workshop is open to practitioners from a broad range of contemporary art and craft backgrounds.

Workshop activities include a combination of work presentations, peer critique, collaborative exercises and dialogue through making.

Artists/Instructors-in-Residence
Daniel Peltz - media/social practice [USA]
Sissi Westerberg - craft/sculpture [SE]
David Larsson - sculpture/installation [SE]

accompanied by Rejmyre Art LAB’s 2014 A.I.R.
Bruce Chao - glass [USA] and Christine Mackey - social practice [IR]

for a more complete picture of the Nordic Studio, download a PDF of the publication documenting our 2012 post-MFA workshop
 
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Infinite Gestures

10-day interdisciplinary workshop for recent graduates
from leading Nordic/Baltic and international MFA programs

August 18-27, 2012
 

Rejmyre Art Lab’s post-graduate workshops seek to create a space for continued engagement and international network building for a select group of emerging artists. While many residency/workshop programs are rooted in notions of isolation or withdrawal, our emphasis is on engaging the local context of each residency as fuel and material for artistic development. Our 2012 workshop focused on the theme of Infinite Gestures, an exploration of the aesthetics of duration and repetition. The workshop consisted of a combination of work presentations, peer and professional critique and dialogue through making.

The workshop was facilitated by Sissi Westerberg - craft/sculpture [SE] & Daniel Peltz - media/interdisciplinary practices [USA].


download a PDF of Infinite Gestures
a publication documenting the 2012 post-MFA workshop
 
 

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Place as Matter
an interdisciplinary workshop exploring place as material
Rejmyre, Sweden Aug 8th-16th 2009


Place as Matter brought together an interdisciplinary group of students and newly graduated practitioners for an 8-day, intensive engagement of notions of place.  Participants explored the varied potential meanings of “place” and "matter" through the lens of their own particular field and personal interests.

The workshop included individual and collaborative projects, thematic slide lectures by the instructors, presentations by invited artists, designers and academics, study trips, brief blowing times in the hot shop, individual and group critiques as well as optional morning yoga sessions and evening theoretical discussion groups. The workshop re-actived several of the old mill buildings formerly used by the still active glassworks, Reijmyre Glasbruk.


Artists/Instructors-in-Residence
Daniel Peltz – media art/installation [US]
Jocelyne Prince – glass/performance [CA/US]
Sissi Westerberg – jewelry/sculpture [SE]

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