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Wood debris at the ground, and a factory in the background

Art, science and trees – an inauguration

Time Sunday 19 May, 2024 at 10:00 - 15:00
Place Vännforsbäck 23, 911 92 Vännäs

Welcome to the inauguration of a forest artwork, and a scientific presentation on the role of deadwood in forest ecosystems

Future Forests, in collaboration with Bildmuseet and Kullar & Klang, invites researchers at UMU, SLU and Skogforsk to participate in the inauguration of a forest artwork, accompanied by a scientific presentation on the role of deadwood in forest ecosystems, and a space for discussion across scientific disciplines and between art and science.

The event will include an introduction by forest curator Moa Sandström on behalf of Kullar & Klang, Anca Rujoiu (curator, Bildmuseet), Janina Priebe (Assistant Program Leader, Future Forests at Umeå University) and a brief presentation by Jörgen Sjögren (Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Restoration Ecology Group, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) followed by a conversation with the artists. The inauguration of the sculpture will expand into a performative moment and a collective walk into the forest.

This event is organised by Bildmuseet in collaboration with the artists Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén, Future Forests at Umeå University and Kullar & Klang in Vännforsbäck.


Waste waste waste (Spill spill spill)
by artists Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén

As a part of the exhibition Eight Degrees / Contemporary Art on the Forest at Bildmuseet, this artwork prompts a different understanding of what is deemed as “waste” within the life cycle of a forest. The sculpture in the forest is an integral part of the artists’ work commissioned by Bildmuseet and an extension of the public work Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge in Julita, Södermanland. There, the artists took a piece of forest land out of production through an artistic-legal intervention to ensure its survival in perpetuity.

Practical information

A shuttle bus will be provided from and back to Umeå University. Departure at 10:00 and return by 15:00.

NOTE! A limited number of seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to register below.

You are also welcome to join directly at Kullar & Klang in Vännforsbäck at 11:00.


Lunch is included for registered participants. Registration is open until 13 May.

Registration form


Photo: Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén, Forest Calling – A Never-ending Contaminated Collaboration or Dancing is a Form of Forest Knowledge. Extension: Waste wood, 2024. Installation and process-based work (Detail)

Organizer: Bildmuseet
Event type: Other
Janina Priebe
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