I immediately fall down in fantasies

Christopher Füllemann presents Useless Romance - (It's All About Seduction and Death) at Galleri CC in Malmö
Liquid feeling (2017) – Christopher Füllemann. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

A vibrant and glowing, not always just funny comic-style, green silicone towel walkthrough when Christopher Füllemann presents Useless Romance – (It’s All About Seduction and Death) at Galleri CC in Malmö. 

Art exhibition
Useless Romance – (It’s All About Seduction and Death) with Christopher Füllemann at Galleri CC.

Curator: Sofia Wickman
Venue: Galleri CC
Exhibition date: February 26 – March 26 2019

Christopher Füllemann presents Useless Romance - (It's All About Seduction and Death) at Galleri CC in Malmö
Whispering The Secrets Of The Earth (2018) – Christopher Füllemann. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

Walking down to the Galleri CC dark room I’m a bit nervous this time. It could be anything down there.

This fleshy pink limb.

Hanging there.

Or actually it’s crawling around. I can feel its strength. It takes some muscles to keep in that position for a while.

The light is glowing so vibrant I immediately fall down in fantasies.

Christopher Füllemann presents Useless Romance - (It's All About Seduction and Death) at Galleri CC in Malmö
All My Boyfriends Dicks (2018) – Christopher Füllemann. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

Walking through the wormy silicone curtains All My Boyfriends Dicks (2018) in to another room they get stuck in my face. I want to try this walkthrough a couple of times.

I notice a dropped-skin-shaped-flesh-textured… Swing!

The black chains melts in to my own old rubber ball tempting feelings. Someone entering the slaughter room now. Is it me or them who’s gonna get slayed in that swing I find myself fantasise about for a while.

I walk through All My Boyfriends Dicks (2018) again. Who gave me permission to touch them?

Touch them again and again.

They are soft.

If I just touch them a little they move by themselves for a while in unpredicted movements.

Later, putting my green silicone towel over the handrails down to the pool my comic-style round simplified feet stand straddle-legged ready to jump in while theres a huge amount of organic resin blood forming another sort of pool on the floor. Did I finally also get my period or was I hurt in some way? 

Queer history gaps we’ve never seen

Silent by Pauline Boudry and Renare Lorentz
Silent by Pauline Boudry and Renare Lorentz. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

You’ve never seen the lonely me at all is a search of queer life stories in Central and Eastern Europe. It’s intimate and personal both as separate works and as a collective gathering of knowledge of life- and survivalstyles.

Art exhibition
You’ve never seen the lonely me at all with Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Anna Daučíková, Mi Kafchin, Mária Takács, Mima Simić and Marta Šušak, Ines Lukač, Teri Szűcs and Maja Pan, Valentina Iancu.

Curator: Simona Dumitriu
Venue: Skånes Konstförening.
Exhibition date: February 1 – March 3 2019

I get to choose if I want to take my shoes of or use plastic covers. What would my shoes look like in plastic covers I wonder. And of course my answer is always to be barefoot when I get the opportunity. I’m entering the video work Silent by Pauline Boudry and Renare Lorentz with performer Aérea Negrot

In the white textile covered room I’m embraced with powerful will to express a beautiful resistance I couldn’t feel in the Malmö streets earlier today. Sitting here in my not-that-glamorous winter jacket I feel under-dressed. Longing for sequins in the summer streets. Soft white fabric under my feet, I want to roll around in there. Those benches are made not to be seated on I think.

After the long intro in the video, I love long silent intros, when she starts singing and the beat comes on I’m already seated on the floor. I release my jacket. Can I stay for the whole day? It’s soft refreshing and warm. Remember how I yesterday thought about how it was a long time since i experienced art that I really enjoyed. I’m alone in here. And this experience is for me. This is why art became my sort of non-political politics, non-religious religion. I wish I could come here for relaxation every day. Being able to believe in abilities to protest against everything evil and boring through singing to yourself with headphones on the streets.

A glamorous non-glamorous intro
A glamorous non-glamorous intro. Silent by Pauline Boudry and Renare Lorentz. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

The video loop is annoying me a little, why couldn’t it just last forever in some way? But I guess then you would lose that impressing moment of a glamorous non-glamorous intro when the white wall falls down behind you and you find yourself standing on a non-stage street stage.

Drawings by Mi Kafchin
Drawings by Mi Kafchin. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

Reproduced drawings by Mi Kafchin on the walls. I couldn’t handle the manual slide projector. Theres people who know how this works, people existed in times before my time. Documentary Secret Years directed by Mária Takács, 2009, healing history gaps about queer people in East and central Europe. And a glimpse of beautiful images from the video Portrait of a Woman with Institution by Anna Anna Daučíková presented in a small institutional two person office chair room.

How can this look so peaceful and beautiful?

Santiago Mostyn. Photo: Galleri Format

There’s a hovering atmosphere of power exchange at Galleri Format in Malmö when Santiago Mostyn presents the exhibition How Important is Speed in a Revolution?

Art exhibition
How Important is Speed in a Revolution? by Santiago Mostyn.

Venue: Galleri Format, Malmö
Exhibition date: January 11 – February 24 2019

The sound fills the whole exhibition space. The beach filled with people starring at me, the camera taking a picture of the people. Slightly scary amplified sounds. Santiago Mostyn is used to putting oneself at centre of the artworks in ways that emphasises cultural otherness. 

Beach Arrests, Santiago Mostyn. Photo: Galleri Format

The colours, warm sand, blue sky, clear water, ocher, earth, nature, dry plants. Lonely observing. Just as the sea, it’s just there. The police, arresting two topless black men.

Walking around a dubbel sided projection I’m observing still street life. Am I a tourist? Drums from an orchestra fades into the sound of the sea. I find myself rowing a boat.

Last time I saw works by Santiago Mostyn I was witnessing an uncomfortable interaction with the street life at Stureplan in Stockholm where images were composed to hard and rhythmic beats. Now the artist rows across the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Greece. These works are quite slower in pace. The beauty is not in the beat in that sense. But I can feel the same hovering atmosphere of power conditions.

It scares me that I think of vacation when I look at these images, realising this is a journey that have taken many lives. This remake of a journey of many asylum seekers is peaceful and beautiful.

Drömjobb dreams about work

Photo: Graziella Loyrette

What do you work with? It is often one of the first things we ask when we want to get to know each other. Drömjobb is a dance performance that in abstract ways shows that jobs mean so much more than what we do to get money.

Dance performance
Drömjobb by Anna BonthaJohan LundinNefeli Ikonomou and Britta Olsson
Dramaturgy: Anna Bontha and Johan Lundin
Dancer: Elise Brewer
Costume: Johan Lundin
Set design: Johan Lundin
Sound: Johan Lundin
Premiere stage: Skarpnäcks Kulturhus and Barnens Scen

Drömjobb makes comparisons between work and playfulness to visualise forward movements, development and construction of a team. It’s seriously funny for all ages. We get to see the colourful characters on stage enter different kinds of roles where some play leaders, some are controllers and some execute what is needed to be done.

Playful, serious and poetic. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

What do they actually work with? For many of us, it is becoming increasingly difficult to answer that question, professions and tasks are becoming more and more diffuse. But, when the work is done together, a nice and strong team spirit and affinity is created just in that moment. In Drömjobb we get to take part in the work through a keyboard workout followed by a collective relaxation.

Drömjobb visualises what it means having something sensible to do. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

In a poetic and humorous way Drömjobb pinpoints how huge parts of our everyday lives revolve around actually having something sensible to do. We work with ourselves, with our relationships to other people and we work to keep moving forward.

Strangers behind a tape border

Strangers is an abstract blackbox larp by Nina Runa Essendrop. Divided in to two groups, separated with a tape border we create small societies with our own rules. What happens when a member from the other side is put in to our group?

Nina Runa Essendrop
Nina Runa Essendrop – Strangers. Blackbox larp. Photo: Peter Munthe-Kaas

Take off your shoes before you enter the black box, we are told. Artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop is warm and welcoming. Most of us are new to this. We are soon divided in to two groups separated with a tape border. Through instructions we are developing a choreographic work together. I aim for getting better, evolving as a group into a complicated structure. Establishing a tiny world of rules and realities. I love this, creating something useless but yet so meaningful with our bodies together. Through gaze, touches, hands, smiles, feelings and silent comprehensions we are now organized in sync.

There is friction and insinuation to hierarchies between us but all this contributes to a familiar feeling of belonging together. I am surprised when the first member from the other side suddenly appears at my work station. I do not interrupt my choreography, no way, I ignore this obstacle and put myself in front of them. There is no room to be polite in this situation, my occupation comes first. If I interrupt this now the magic is gone, I would loose the strong connection to the ensemble. What happens now is up to the group.

Nina Runa Essendrop
Nina Runa Essendrop – Strangers. Blackbox larp. Photo: Peter Munthe-Kaas

Blackbox larps are live action role-playing games performed in a blackbox, a room with black walls and no windows where theatrical sound and light equipment can be used. The room also enhances stylised movements and expressions, bodies and objects put in to this room really matter, theres not much else to look at. We are guided on stage, the theatrical room, the light and the music takes me in to performance mode. The 4 hour long experience includes a warm up, developing period with break and a debrief afterwards where we get to discuss our experiences. Strangers was presented at Inter Arts Center in Malmö during Blackbox Sessions, a seminar exploring larp design and VR storytelling.

Worldtrotters™ new virtual travels

Worldtrotters™ offers travels in VR. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

From relaxing desert islands to cabin crew karaoke, Mixed Reality Fitness to cruises at sunrise; Worldtrotters™ brings you the finest sights and adventures the virtual world has to offer. In collaboration with Platform residency Worldtrotters™ is happy to present 5 brand new exiting travels.

Worldtrotters™ is a corporate group of fictive travel companies offering travels in VR. In a time where traveling is easier than ever before the distance between humans in social atmospheres still seem to be growing. Sun Times News met the staff behind Sun Trip Resorts and Dream Trip Travels to talk more about virtual traveling.

Several alter egos were created to find a solution to the feeling of not being able to do all by ourselves, says Johan Lundin. Even some alter egos working at Gallery Extra were created. Whenever something new was needed to be done we just created an alter ego who was perfect for the task. This gave us a lot of safety and time to be able to explore and enjoy the beautiful beaches in Vaasa.

Important artist alter egos to mention are definitely Kylie Skyler, an experimental VR artist who created all VR-worlds. Carol Darwin, a pastel realism ceramic artist who created the doll sculptures in the Adventure Airlines event. Jayden River who produced some amazing vibrant wall mounted architectural ceramic AR-sculptures and Sonique Temper, 3d model photographer who did some AR-prints that never really worked out.

Dream Trip Travels staff at Kasern 13, former military residence, in Vasa. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

We have great expectations for all these fictive artists to collaborate in the future, says Adelaine Cort, VR publisher at Gallery Extra. One of the reasons we selected these artist to work with is our interest in integrating physical materials in VR-artworks.

The night after I published Airplane Singalong for approval in Oculus Store I woke up from a nightmare, says Adelaine. I was dreaming that I got a response from Oculus staff telling us our VR-app was unapproved, in my dream they wrote clearly: ”I don’t get all this unnecessary VR that just confuse people. Maybe you should publish it somewhere else? By the way you really should consider recomposing the music.” I told Kylie (Kylie Skyler, VR-artist) this and they where laughing. But I guess there was some sort of serious doubt in it because the next VR-word created was Intentional Beach Camp which actually had som sort of functionality in it that reminded of a game. You find yourself navigating a sunscreen lotion tube traveling through hoops and other objects at a beach while a creative interpretation of the essay Notes on ’Camp’ by Susan Sontag is being red up. Every time you score a hoop you hear the word ’Yes’.

Dream Trip Travels serving 3-course dinner during Artistic Dinner Evening in Vasa. Photo: Sten Snickars

Geting an audience to visit our events was quite though says Sidney Horst, Gallery Extra alter-ego staff working with PR and invitations. We always send out a lot of personal invitations to artists, institutions, organisations, politicians, and cultural workers as well as neighbours and local audience who could have an interest in visiting our events. For the Artistic Dinner Evening I was actually putting some paper invitations in private mailboxes, which we not normally do, and it gave us a fantastic mix of travellers.

There is complexity involved with producing performance when you neither have a stage or an audience, a great solution to this was found through the Mixed Reality Fitness and Wild West events that was intimate and privately organised outdoors close to Wasalandia and Sockerfabriken

Its tickling. Seeing the truth, the real world in the real world in a way. In here, Theres nothing more unrealistic than the fact that you wouldn’t be able to change. Lets think of the artificial as relaxing. The fictive, created surface makes me think of how our surroundings are constructed and how we are continuously constructing our reality through our choices. 

Easy VR Travel Guide

Intentional Beach Camp

• Practical game experience.

• High score functionality.

• Special composed music, with proper beat.

• Sometimes live performed voiceover.


• Relaxing, reliable, realistic

• Birds.

Mixed Reality Fitness

• You are able to walk and move around!

• See-through mixed reality experience.

• Physical AR-triggers are put up in the room.

Airplane Sing-A-Long

• Special composed music.

• Reliable lyrics display.

• Amazing plastic cabin view.

Body Imploader 1.0

• LED navigation instructions

• Just a little driving sickness 

• A lot to discover

• Music reacting to your journey

• Always sunset

• Incredible sculptures

Travel Safety Advice
The safety of Worldtrotters™ travellers is important. Worldtrotters™ travels has an ironic and att the same time serious tone. The travels are not laughing about what they are portraying, they are honouring it. Honouring it in a way that is making room for even more and even broader expressions for you to float around in. This is a property for queer, female, male, transgender, non-conforming, Femme, nonbinary and extra experiences. Refuze of categorisation. Realizations, distinct feelings, invisible wishes, loud expressions, live drag. Glitchgender, Pangender, Multigender, Intergender, Girlflux, Genderqueer, Genderpunk, Gender neutral, Genderfluid, Egogender, Femgender, Colorgender. Indescribable urges, androgyne ideals, camp costumes, amateur roles. Cisgender, Boyflux, Bigender, Autogender, Agender. In infinity of combination. Extra ladies, Extra gentlemen, Extra boys, Extra girls. Extra identities.

    En lekfull spelvärld i förfall

    Flera av målerierna har taktila groteska utväxter av oljefärger. Det är växter, textilier och lekfulla varelser precis på gränsen till det otrevliga i Björn Camenius utställning Tales from the basement på Galleri Lars Hjelm i Karlstad.

    Björn Camenius – Bad Crops. Olja på duk. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Det är något välbekant över både miljöer och objekt. Vad jag ser är inte en verklig majskolv avbildad, det här är en abstraherad avbildning av hur en typisk majskolv ser ut, kanske en leksaksmajskolv eller någon rekvisita i en teaterföreställning. Fönster, piedestaler, pelare och växter. Målningarna skulle kunna vara avbildningar av scenografier målade med ett teatralt filter. 

    För mig är detta filter hämtat från en estetik som återfinns inom spelgrafik. Lekfullheten och fiktionen skruvas på så sätt upp ännu mer och något farligt mera abstrakt förfall kommer in i bilderna där former och ansikten förvrängs. Detta som jag tolkar som digitalt och glitchigt abstraherande kan lika gärna tolkas som naturens krafter som tar över genom snabba, bestämda färgfält och texturer som skapar en kontinuerligt slingrande framväxt och krokiga rörelser i bilderna.

    Björn Camenius – W K. Olja på duk. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Ett lekfullt men destruktivt spel framförs, en lek som fortfarande håller sig precis innanför gränsen till att vara vacker även om den kan vara skrämmande och stökig. Detta farliga och allvarsamma i bilderna är starkt, vi får skönheten i det stökiga bevisat för oss.

    Björn Camenius – Save the old theatre. Olja på duk. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Bildkompositionen och uppbyggnaden av både karaktärer och miljöer  utstrålar en direkthet i beslutsfattandet. Ofta består dessa dimmiga kalla miljöer av en avskalad sfärisk ljussättning, gärna i lila skymning, där en mängd objekt placerats och byggts ihop till byggnader, möbler, växter eller karaktärer och ibland någonting mer odefinierbart som befinner sig någonstans där emellan.

    »Det sägs att det är jag på bilden« säger Lars Hjelm.

    Fantasivärldar som dessa tänker jag mig skapas genom drömtillstånd där mängder av förbiflimrande bilder tillsammans formar gränser mellan att vara, att ha varit och bli till.

    A playful game world in decline

    Several of the paintings have tactile grotesque growths of oil paints. There are plants, textiles and playful creatures just on the edge of the unpleasant in Björn Camenius exhibition Tales from the basement at Galleri Lars Hjelm in Karlstad.

    Björn Camenius – Bad Crops. Oil on canvas. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    There is something familiar about these environments and objects. What I see is not a real corncob depicted, this is an abstract depiction of how a typical corncob looks like, maybe a toy corncob or some supplies in a theatre show. Windows, pedestals, columns and plants. The paintings could be images of scenography painted with a theatrical filter.

    For me, this filter derives from an aesthetics found in game graphics. The playfulness and fiction are scaled up and a more dangerous and more abstract decay comes into the pictures where shapes and faces are distorted. This, which I interpret as digital and glitchy abstracting, can equally be interpreted as the forces of nature that transcend through fast, determined color fields and textures creating continuous winding emergence and crooked movements in the images.

    Björn Camenius – W K. Oil on canvas. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    A playful but destructive game is performed, a game that still stays just inside the edge of being beautiful, although it can be scary and messy. This dangerous and serious tone in the pictures is strong, there is beauty in all things messy.

    Björn Camenius – Save the old theater. Oil on canvas. Photo: Graziella Loyrette


    The image composition and the building of both characters and environments exude a directness in decision making. Often these foggy cold environments consist of a spherical lighting, preferably in purple twilight, where a variety of objects are placed and built into buildings, furniture, plants or characters and sometimes something more indistinguishable somewhere in between.

    »It is said that I am in the picture,« says Lars Hjelm.

    Fantasy worlds like these, I think, are created by dream states where a multitude of confusing images together form boundaries between being and becoming.

    Important additions to just super beautiful images

    Graziella Loyrette was in Karlstad and became overwhelmed when visiting Sandgrund, the artist Lars Lerin’s very own permanent art gallery.

    Lars Lerin – För dig naken, 2016-2017, Aquarelle. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    I approach them to see how they are made. What did the process look like? Is it from a photo or from a real environment? Is it sketched, masked, painted in several layers? These are water color paintings, lots and large.

    »How can all this be made by one person?«
    »A lonely house, just like the one we have«, I overhear some visitors exchanging thoughts around the artworks.

    Forests, empty spaces, boat yards. Light, darkness and reflections in a wide color spectrum are captured in several works almost magically through the free aquarelle technique. Bodies and humans are more difficult to catch with these pigments floating around freely in water. But I think I understand that it’s not the places in themselves that attract, maybe it’s the people who are there and what they do there that interest us? At least that’s what I fantasize around.

    Lars Lerin – Sjöfart, 2015, Aquarelle. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    Homoerotic motifs are featured in the series För dig naken, 2016-2017, which could be profile pictures from Grindr and Sjöfart, 2015, with historical motifs of sailors added to the edges of the beautiful environmental images, the pictures remind me of motifs from the Fassbinder film Querelle. These are an important addition to the beautiful paintings that, to me, otherwise become quite uninteresting when the enthusiasm of the reinforced realism is over.

    Lars Lerin – För dig naken, 2016-2017, Aquarelle. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    There is plenty of seating. It’s needed. This feels like a mix of us strolling around in a park or being in some kind of training facility to train us to digest a lot of pictures. Walking around among pictures in this way is something else than seeing them flick past in the flow of a screen, the materiality, the amount of work and the forces that made these images is so noticeable.

    Aquarelle works by Lars Lerin at Sandgrund Konsthall. Photo: Graziella Loyrette

    The amount of work is overwhelming.
    It never ends. I can not take in all this. And I do not think I want that anyway.

    Viktiga tillägg i annars bara super-vackra miljöbilder

    Graziella Loyrette var i Karlstad och blev överväldigad när den besökte Sandgrund, konstnären Lars Lerins alldeles egna permanenta konsthall. 

    Lars Lerin – För dig naken, 2016-2017, Akvarell. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Jag närmar mig dem för att se hur de är gjorda. Hur har processen gått till? Är det från ett foto eller från en miljö? Är det skissat, maskerat, målat i flera lager? Det är akvarellmålningar, massor och stora.

    »Jag fattar det inte, hur hinns det med allt detta målande?«
    »Ett ensamt hus, precis ett sånt som vi har«, hör jag några besökare utbyta tankar kring.

    Skogspartier, ödsliga rum, båtvarv. Ljus, mörker och speglingar i ett brett färgspectrum fångas i flera verk nästan magiskt genom den fria akvarelltekniken. Kroppar och människor är svårare att fånga med dessa pigment som flyter fritt runt i vatten. Men jag tycker mig förstå att det inte är platserna i sig själva som lockar, kanske är det människorna som befinner sig där och vad de gör där. Det är sånt jag fantiserar kring i alla fall.

    Lars Lerin – Sjöfart, 2015, Akvarell. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Homoerotiska motiv återfinns i serien För dig naken, 2016-2017, som skulle kunna vara profilbilder från Grindr och Sjöfart, 2015, med historiska motiv av sjömän tillagda i kanterna av de vackra miljöbilderna, bilderna påminner om motiv från Fassbinder-filmen Querelle. Dessa utgör ett viktigt tillägg i dessa vackra målningar som för mig annars blir ganska ointressanta när entusiasmen över den  förstärkta realismen lagt sig.

    Lars Lerin – För dig naken, 2016-2017, Akvarell. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Det finns gott om sittplatser.
    Det behövs. Det här känns som en blandning av att vi strosar runt i en park eller är på en slags träningsanläggning för att träna oss att ta in mängder av bilder. Att gå runt bland bilder på det här sättet är något annat än att se dem flimmra förbi i flöden på en skärm, den materiella tyngden, arbetsbördan och drivkrafterna som skapat bilderna blir så påtaglig.

    Akvareller av Lars Lerin på Sandgrund Konsthall. Foto: Graziella Loyrette

    Mängden verk är överväldigande.
    Det tar aldrig slut. Jag kan inte ta in allt det här. Det vill jag nog inte iheller.