Place as Matter

July 2009

The Place as Matter workshop is held in conjunction with the pioneering Rejmyre Matters international artist residency, which has brought a diverse group of established artists and designers to the Östergötland region over the past two years to engage Rejmyre as a site of practice. The workshop brings together an interdisciplinary group of students and newly graduated practitioners for an 8-day, intensive engagement of notions of place. Participants are guided through an exploration of varied potential meanings of “place” and “matter.” They explore one or several of these through the lens of their own particular field and personal interests.

The workshop includes individual and collaborative projects, thematic slide lectures by the instructors, presentations by invited artists, designers and academics, study trips, brief blowing times in the hot shop, individual and group critiques as well as an optional morning yoga session, an evening theoretical discussion group and swimming in the nearby lake. The workshop re-actived several of the old mill buildings adjacent to the active glassworks Reijmyre Glasbruk.

Place as Matter is open to a wide range of approaches and scales of exploration; from socially-engaged practices to independent art/craft making. The focus is placed on investigation and discovery of new ideas and approaches to materials and site, rather than product-based outcomes. All participants do a work-in-progress presentation at the culmination of the workshop in the form of an exhibition/dialog that is open to the local community and invited guests.

Artists/Instructors-in-Residence Daniel Peltz – media art/installation [US] Jocelyne Prince – glass/performance [CA/US] Sissi Westerberg – jewelry/sculpture [SE]

Deltaggarna hade nyligen tagit examen från utbildningar inom konsthantverk och bildkonst från Konstfack, Sverige, Bornholm Glass academy, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design , USA and Bergen Academy of the Arts