Bookshop Situation Series: FILE UNDER: THE WORK / BJÖRN LÖVIN

9 March 2019, 16:00–18:00

Welcome to the book launch File Under: The Work / Björn Lövin, from publishers Null & Void Books.

Björn Lövin (1937–2009) was one of the first Swedish installation artists and his large scale works was critical to totalitarian systems, ranging from the People’s Home (Folkhemmet) to the consumption society, which includes some and excludes others and attract by offering safety, but at the cost of individual freedom. His career started with a solo show at Moderna Museet curated by Pontus Hultén and included solo shows at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Liljevalchs and Kulturhuset in Stockholm and at Malmö Konsthall amongst others.

In the book the editors have recreated Lovin’s idea of the total exhibition by digitally visualising in 3D, the technology behind a vast part of the contemporary commercial imagery, creating a digital spatiality that simulates a physical one, another form of reality, from Lövin’s idea. The form has traces of the digital creation, a tone of hyperrealism. In the attempt the editors have instead created a new exhibition, a new reality that is based on the work of Lövin, but not as a direct translation. The book contains a walkthrough from an unrealised ‘total exhibition’ based on Björn Lövin’s oeuvre. The book also contains essays from curators Lisa Rosendahl and Emily Segal.

Concept and Editorial Work:
Peo Olsson, Katarina Sjögren, Jonas Williamsson
Image: Peo Olsson
Curatorial Work: Katarina Sjögren
Design: Jonas Williamsson
Texts: Lisa Rosendahl, Emily Segal, Katarina Sjögren Print: Tallinna Raamatutrükikoda.
Edition: 500. Format: 21,5 × 29,5 cm. 416 sidor. Offset.

The Bookshop Situation Series at Index is based on events to present books, magazines, records and other artistic formats. The bookshop situation is a way to test content, to share it, to distribute it, offering situations to be part of a community of experimental producers and users.