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

Mikaela Steby Stenfalk: 

Recollection of Our Memories

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Oct 29 - Nov 28, 2021

Opening Friday, Oct 29th 18-20

In Recollection of Our Memories we meet the ruins of a collective memory; deriving from the image collection which rapidly built up while the Notre Dame cathedral was burning down. Is it as a consolation, a process of grief, a will to honor, to spread, or to preserve that the collection grows? Thousands of meetings and fleeting moments testify to a timeline with an abrupt end. Holiday memories are mixed with rushing fires and billowing smoke. Afterwards, when parts of the cathedral remain only as pictures, what do we remember? What is preserved in our collection? 

 

The works in the exhibition are created from the 38,000 images shared on Instagram during the evening that Notre Dame was on fire, April 15, 2019. Through photogrammetry - a digital method commonly used for 3D scanning - the images have been brought together into three-dimensional shapes.  The physical sculptures become snapshots of an otherwise constantly flowing medium and its frozen state gives us time for reflection. The sculptures question hierarchies where traditional (often professional) perceptions of what is considered important and historically interesting can be challenged by a joint action of collecting.

Mikaela Steby Stenfalk's artistic practice can be defined in two parts — form and reflection: In both sculptural and visual works, text, space and film, she moves between the concepts of digital culture, representation, archival processes, cultural heritage and the public space. (Un) official archives and the collective are often the starting points for both her work, where the relationship between image, object and place is examined.

 

Since her degrees in architecture from LTH/KTH (2017) and design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2018), Mikaela has been awarded the Young Swedish Forms Architecture Prize and the Artists' Board's IASPIS scholarship.  Her work has been shown at the Venice Art Biennale, the Galeria e Bregdetit in Albania, Villa Eläintarha in Helsinki, the Waag Society in Amsterdam and ArkDes in Stockholm.

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Past events

Digital event: SPARK @ SSDD 2021

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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.

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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?”

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO PERSONAL REASONS AND THE CORONA RESTRICTIONS, THE EXHIBITION AT SPARK HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2022.

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