SPARK is a collaborative platform located in Malmö, Sweden with the purpose of strengthening the interface between architecture, art, research, and societal advancement through exhibitions and lectures. The aim is to promote artistic processes in architecture and urban development by activating intersections between art, architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture.


SPARK aims at exhibiting works that provokes critical discourse in current city building through explorative, experimental, trans- and interdisciplinary practices. SPARK collaborates with Lund University Department of Architectrue and the Built Environment, Architects Sweden Skåne, and Molekyl Gallery.


Current exhibition

Joanna Thede: 

Stones and Bones


Dec 16, 2021 - Jan 16, 2022

Light installation visible from outside the gallery space

Inauguration with warm glögg on Friday Dec 17th 17-19 

Stones and Bones is a work in the making since several years. It consists of beach findings: stones with holes and bones from fish and bird having been carried ashore by the waves. The materials have gone through various enduring attrition by sand and sea, and are collected during innumerable beach walks. Maybe the many holes in the stones are the result of a type of stone so soft that the holes are made by erosion? The stones and the skeletal remains have been braided into fishing lines and create strings hanging from the ceiling in a spiral formation, relating to nature’s own organic curves.

In the installation at SPARK, the art work is dressed in its winter garb with several light spots slowly changing. The shadows create layers of different tones humming both longterm processes in nature and our own impact and transcience.


During many years, Joanna Thede has worked with light installations where reused materials create various forms of patterned screens for the effects of light. The working processes contain long-term collections of materials otherwise hidden or thrown away, such as litter, used pill packages or cut-off hair. The materials become installations of slow and long-lasting processes where light creates temporary conditions for the frail and the ephemeral.


Stones and Bones will be on view between the 16th of December to the 16th of January. You are invited to enjoy it in the darkness of wintertime.

Stones and Bones är ett verk som är under tillverkning sedan flera år. Det innehåller strandfynd: stenar med hål i och ben från fågel och fisk som spolats upp på land. Materialen har genomgått olika grad av långvarig nötning av havsvatten och sand, och är uppsamlade under otaliga strandpromenader. Kanske är de många hålen i stenarna resultatet av en stenart så mjuk att hål bildas genom erosion? Stenarna och skelettdelarna har flätats in i fiskelina och bildar långa trådar hängande från taket i en spiralformad linje som minner om naturens egna organiska former.

Nu kläs verket i vinterskrud med ett flertal ljuspunkter som sakta pulserar. Skuggorna bildar lager av skilda toner som nynnar både långvariga processer i naturen och vår egen åverkan och förgänglighet.


Joanna Thede har under många år arbetat med ljusinstallationer där återanvänt material bildar olika slags raster för ljusets verkningar. Arbetsprocesserna innehåller långvariga insamlingar av material som annars ofta slängs eller göms undan, såsom skräp, använda pillerkartor eller avklippt hår. Materialen blir till installationerna av långvariga processer där ljuset bildar temporära tillstånd för det sköra och flyktiga att ta plats i.


Stones and Bones kommer att finnas på plats i galleriet på Sorgenfri mellan den 16 december och 16 januari. Varmt välkomna i vintermörkret!

Past events

SPARK Talks #5 with Sebastian Skovsted, Steffen Levring and Studio See-Daa

From the outset, architecture is a multisensory experience: Visual, touch, smell and sound all make up the overall impression of a space. Historically, the visual impact weighs heavier than others, because we experience architecture at so many scales, and the other senses lose their relevance at a distance. However, the sounds of the city and have fascinated thinkers and artists for centuries, and there is an awareness of its influence on our well-being as well as our memories of places.


Sound plays an important role in both the conception and experience of architecture, as highlighted in the collaboration between Johansen Skovsted and Steffen Levring in their exhibition Currents and Structures at SPARK.


By diving into the audial dimension, new worlds can be discovered. But how do soundscapes appear and how do we acknowledge them? Can we talk about authorship of sounds as we do of buildings? Can architects work consciously to accommodate and explore soundscapes in their structures? In this talk we will bring light on the relationship between sound and space.

Digital event: SPARK @ SSDD 2021


During Southern Sweden Design Days in Malmö, May 27-30, SPARK participates with a digital event, (in)Formed By Wind, a film where architect and researcher Erica Hörteborn presents a kinetic, knitted design prototype that challenges and explores the textile material within architecture. Wind is both used and dampened, merging engineering, architecture, and art in the installation.


There is something intriguing in the way a textile moves in the wind. A light textile material picks up the, seemingly, random movement in the wind. Creating structures in motion with soft, billowing shapes that seem to dance. New means of expression were found through exploring the structure of the knit and its ability to create a three-dimensional effect on the surface level as well as on an architectural scale. The project is part of Erica Henrysson’s research at Chalmers, where she is working in the intersection between material, form and force. The overlap between the fields of textile, architecture, and wind.



Erica Hörteborn has a double degree: Master of Architecture and a MSc in Architectural Engineering. Since fall 2016 she is a PhD student and part of the Architecture and Engineering Research Group. Her research explores textile form, material, and production methods, as well as mathematical sketching, simulations and physical prototypes, with a focus on wind and kinetic architecture. “How can we, through the use of textiles, create architecture that use and benefit from the wind?”


In the meantime, please enjoy the digital presentation presented below and on the SSSD website.

SPARK Talks #4 om Ornamentets funktion. Söndag den16 maj på Zoom med:

  • Brrum (Ulrika Karlsson, Cecilia Lundbäck och Veronica Skeppe)

  • David Svensson, bildkonstnär

  • Max Gerthel, arkitekt och curator på SPARK.

SPARK Talk #3 Sunday Nov 22 on Zoom with:

  • Ana Goidea, architect, PhD fellow, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

  • Jessica Abbott, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Biology, Lund University.

  • David Andréen, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

  • Per-Johan Dahl, Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture and the Built Environment, Lund University.

SPARK Talk #2 D Samtal om bl a den skapande människan, relationen till material, 3d printing och arbetsprocesser.


  • Ingar Brinck, professor Teoretisk filosofi Lunds universitet,

  • Polymorf arkitekter

  • Per-Johan Dahl, lektor i Arkitektur LTH