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Magnus Haglund

Göteborgs psykedeliska drömmerier (2011)

During City Excavations, a performance program given by the Göteborg Biennial for Contemporary Art, Haglund carried out a psychogeographical walk around the city. Inspired by the Situationists, a group of people were guided through the city to places that evoked hidden stories. In connection to the biennial’s framework, Haglund has given this exploration a continuation through the Summer Academy at Valand School of Fine Art.

Älvsnabben — Dream of an alternative Göteborg

The exhibition project Älvsnabben – The Dream of an Alternative Göteborg results from the Summer Academy Harbour Ferry – A Psychogeographical Recording and Exhibition Project. It will be shown at the Maritime Museum between September 2011 and January 

2012 and is based on the ferry service that operates daily in the Göteborg harbour district, between the stops Lilla Bommen and Klippan. Audio recordings made partly onboard the boat and partly during walks around the different stops paint an ambiguous picture of the identity of the city and the changes it is going through. The ferry represents a passage, a mental in-between space, a tool for transformation. 

The methods and concepts used by the Situationists in the late 1950s – psychogeography, dérive (wandering) and détournement (turning established social codes and meanings on themselves) – have formed the guidelines for the project, which focuses on relating playfully, critically and idiosyncratically to both the existing city and to the city as it could be, by creating new maps, new strategies for survival and new dream zones.

The exhibition was co-created by the Maritime Museum and the Valand School of Fine Arts. The featured works were created during a summer seminar in 2011 led by Magnus Haglund and Isak Eldh.

Biography Born 1960 in Sweden, lives and works in Sweden. Magnus Haglund is a musician, author and critic in for example GöteborgsPosten. Books by Haglund includes: Den Nakna Staden: människor och platser i Göteborg, published by Glänta Produktion 2004, and Åke Hodell, published by Natur och Kultur 2009.

Photo: Hendrik Zeitler