Runs Ställberg Mine, a arena for contemporary art and thought in Ljusnarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen. Ställberg´s 28 meter high mining tower is the basis for international residences, festival, workshops and exhibitions. The arena is an 58 years ongoing interdisciplinary platform for researching the human existence in a heavily depopulated community.
The critical relationships between centralised cities and the countryside play a central role, as well as the movements of “escape”. This is a place where one seeks the idyllic tranquility of the countryside, one get located escaping war-torn homelands and one leaves escaping the depopulated areas unemployment. The research is practical and integrated with the community, and is given form by artistic, social and political works. We ask: What are the potentials of working with an expanded view of art as ongoing social and political processes? And how does geography and power structures relate to these processes?
Can the situation of a small so called dying municipality allow us to better know the consequences of global neoliberalism and the current Swedish welfare policies? Through the arena we seek to create possibilities to research and to act socially, politically and artistically in these questions.
Carl-Oscars has a background in performing arts and has done artistic works with ICIA - Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art, Skogen, Museum of world culture, Göteborg, Malmö and Göteborg city museum, Poste Restante, Konstfrämjandet and Side Shows.
Read more: www.stallbergsgruva.se