Biologiska museets vänner #3



with Boel Recén & Åse Ahlstrand

All children are invited to create their very own imaginary animal, inspired by the “Skvader” displayed at the museum. A skvader is a fictional animal that is half hare, half grouse.


Boel Recén gives a guided tour of the Biological Museum focusing on animals in Swedish folklore. The tour is suitable for both children and adults.


by Katja Seitajoki & Tomas Björkdal

“Kärrkosmos” is an interactive performance, a soundscape that foams with sour water and changing colors that originally takes place in a swamp. By using the act of camouflaging themselves in this environment, the participants get to examine the flora and fauna, as well as the mystical sounds and movements arising from the swamp.

Can one get closer to nature and give perspective on human dominion over it by disguising oneself as an animal, insect or plant? Katja Seitajoki and Tomas Björkdal are looking to answer this question by combining artistic, scientific and philosophical aspects in this choreographed sound-installation.

For Biologiska Museet the installation is brought from the swamp to the museum where the audience can experience it through headphones.

An Arena Baubo production in collaboration with Art Lab Gnesta and UngaTur. With support from Kulturrådet and Stockholm Stad.


with Katja Aglert, Jacob Bull and Cecilia Åsberg

The Lecture consists of three presentations by artist Katja Aglert, researcher Jacob Bull and professor Cecilia Åsberg that all depart from the recently published book “Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human Animal Relations”. Using an interdisciplinary approach the book itself presents collected knowledge from over 50 years of research in the field of human-animal relations: domestic animals in the household, farm animals providing us with food, laboratory animals who are vital for producing effective medicine and wild animals that nurture our view of nature.

This shows that animals have to a very large extent contributed making the human race what it is today – both evolutionary, but also philosophically speaking. How influential this fragile co-dependance will be on the future developments of the non-human is moved into the center by Aglert, Bull and Åsberg.

The book “Animal Places” will be on display at the Museum – together with gift vouchers for the ones wishing to buy their own copy.


Lecture: “Meaningfully Dressed” (English)

by Patrizia Coggiola

Clothing and wearable items have ever since been a marker of men´s control and presence upon the natural world, signaling the difference, defining the perception of belonging, granting the privilege. Moreover, clothes are also part of the first production system that systematically introduced the term “planned obsolescence” a policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of nondurable materials.

Through a journey that spans thousands of years - throughout anthropology, art, geopolitics and pathology – Patrizia Coggiola seeks to find how we can re-formulate our relation to clothes.

Presentation/Screening: “Project Precious Trash”

by Johanna Törnqvist

For a long time textile-artist Johanna Törnqvist has been examining the terms ”precious” and ”worthless” in relation to fashion and trash. In “Project Precious Trash” she focuses on the borderline between handicraft, fashion and art. Through blending traditional craft with unexpected material Törnqvist works up trash and creates new material that challenges our view on sustainability and consumption.


by Tomas Björkdal

Tomas Björkdal uses sounds and recordings collected during an earlier project at the Biological Museum called “Den Ekologiska Teatern/The Ecological Theatre”. These sounds are manipulated and re-formulated in order to generate a soundscape in conversation with the museum-building as well as its inhabitants and visitors. “In between layers” has been presented at Biologiska Museet before (at a time when the museum was still “open”) and was then based on a series of performative episodes.


by Lisa Stenberg

Lisa Stenbergs music investigates whimsical notions such as “being”, “timelessness” and “existence” through exaggerated durations and slow musical progressions. “Monument” is a piece composed on the very rare and monstrous synthesizer EMS Synthi 100.

Ongoing program throughout the day:

12:00 – 20:00 AUDIO: “GRANEN” (The spruce tree)

by H.C. Andersen

A story for children and adults about a tree with ambitions. Headphones can be found by the pillows on the museum´s first floor.


by Johanna Törnqvist

In “Project Precious Trash” Johanna Törnqvist joins an ongoing discussion about what we use and how we value our assets. Material has always been the base for handicraft – wool, clay, wood – but the human society of today has never felt inclined to activelt use a material we have unlimited access to: trash.

Törnqvist uses this as point of departure for creating a provocative contrast between the perishability of trash, precise tailoring and the longevity of craftsmanship.

A project about clothes and consumption by Johanna Törnqvist. In collaboration with Frederik Sederholm (Photography) and Tomas Björkdal (Film).

Text: Frida Arnqvist Engström

Contributing artists and lecturers:

Boel Recén, zoologist and educator

Åse Ahlstrand, educator and representative for Naturskyddsföreningens Natursnokarna

Katja Seitajoki, chorepgrapher, director, stage artist and producer

Tomas Björkdal, sounddesigner and composer working with film

Katja Aglert, artist

Jacob Bull, researcher

Cecilia Åsberg, professor

Patrizia Coggiola, costume- and textilehistorian

Johanna Törnqvist, artist and designer

Lisa Stenberg, composer and music