The Cultural Adaptations embedded artist for Gothenburg City Region to work as part of the City of Gothenburg and TILLT partnership has been announced. The project will see the artist working embedded with municipal housing company Poseidon, one of the biggest property owners in Sweden. Poseidon is creating a sustainable storm water system in a neighbourhood in the district Brämaregården in central Gothenburg.
The aim for TILLT and Ulrika Jansson is to inspire the project group to new thinking, to look at new solutions and also to add aesthetic and social values to the project. The purpose of the Brämaregården project is to create a good example that other property owners, planners, and entrepreneurs can be inspired by and learn from. Through TILLT and Rain Gothenburg the values will be communicated to the citizens in Gothenburg and West Sweden and outcomes from this approach will be shared through Cultural Adaptations with European and international practitioners.
Ulrika Jansson’s practice has its roots in place and the interconnections of the natural ecology and culture. She explores actions, methods and objects that affect human imagination and perception to create ecological intimacy and an experience of the interdependence of everything on earth. Her art works; installations, sculpture, drawing, video, sound and performance, make inhabitants sensitized to their surroundings and by extension to the environment at large. A number of her commissioned public art works have engaged with birds, bats and solitary bees, visualizing and inspiring positive socio-ecological relations in cities. Parallel to individual work Jansson initiates and participates in long-term interdisciplinary collective projects such as The Conference of the Birds 2019-2023, a place-specific research-art-project and travelling exhibition in the Nordic countries and Russia focused on the decline of birds and human-avian co-existence.
Ulrika has a Master of Fine Art from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm from 2005 and has participated in exhibitions and artist in residencies in several countries since. She has taught and lectured at institutions including Konstfack, Uniarts Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts and Stockholm Culture Council. She lives and works in Gothenburg.
This Embedded Artist commission has been announced as part of Cultural Adaptations, a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme and the Scottish Government, The project will see embedded artists working in the Glasgow, Gothenburg, Ghent and Dublin city regions to bring creative solutions as they deal with the intense rainfall and other impacts increasingly being brought about by climate change.
The Embedded Artists came together for the first time in March 2019 as the project partners gathered in Glasgow. as part of the project’s first transnational workshop. Cultural Adaptations Glasgow also saw the beginning of the project’s parallel strand, with the first in a series of workshops for managers from arts & cultural organisations to develop tools to help the sector when planning for climate change impacts.
The Embedded Artists will continue to share learning and insight across the partner countries and beyond at the Transnational Meetings in Gothenburg, Ghent and Dublin and the Cultural Adaptations Conference in Glasgow in March 2021.