Gustav Hellberg
 

2017

 

Hellberg is surveying landscapes tracing human activity in the landscape using aerial video footage to get a bird’s view of the landscape. The work is focusing on the Korean landscape, where it is difficult to find grounds that hasn’t been altered by human hand at the same time as it is raising questions on what is Korean. 

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2016

 

Things That Get in Our Way is an experimental device. Its main feature is a shiny metal sphere sitting on a tripod. A geiger counter, mounted inside the sphere, is hooked up to a microprocessor. It produces a flashing light and a clicking sound. The light and the sound relates to surrounding gamma radiation.

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2016

  

Things That Get in Our Way is an installation, part video and part experimental device. Audiences are invited to interact directly with the gamma ray detection device and follow the artist's self-described "futile quest" to explore invisible and, to most people, unknown power issues.

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2015

 

A sensor controlled sound installation, where the CO2 levels in a space activates and alters the sound environment. The sound of a heartbeat and breathing noise alters with CO2 levels detected by a CO2 sensor.

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2015

 

Things That Get in Our Way is an experimental device. Its main feature is a shiny metal sphere sitting on a tripod. A geiger counter, mounted inside the sphere, is hooked up to a microprocessor. It produces a flashing light and a clicking sound. The light and the sound relates to surrounding gamma radiation. 

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2015

 

XYZ consists of three illuminated bar graphs, which are positioned according to the axes of a three dimensional diagram. Each bar graph is connected to a sensor that controls the light sequence. The red light indicates temperature changes in the room. The blue light indicates humidity and the green light the levels of carbon dioxide in the air. The white light indicates each diagram’s electric power consumption.

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2014 

 

Two choirs stands, facing each other, at opposing sides of an open ground. Each choir performs the same score, paying no attention to the other choir’s tempo. It is an a-cappella act. Both choirs have brought a steel mast with them. Speakers are mounted to the masts.

 

The score starts with each choir performing the first verse, which is based on phrases that are  claiming a group’s possession with an emphasis on land. The second verse is performed by a soloist. The phrases the soloist will perform point at property, emphasising property as a thing, a personal possession. The third verse is “sung” by the whole choir. The masts are raised and the choirs walks of the field. Through the speakers one can now here a pre recorded version of the choirs performances.

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2014

 

They are Here consist of a billboard, with the text SIE SIND HIER [THEY ARE HERE].

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2014

 

Alien is an installation made out of several objects. The objects resemble some sort of viewing instrument such as a pair of binoculars. It has two circular lenses which are lit up with LEDs. The LEDs are controlled with micro processors, which create an animated effect where eyelids seem to close, the ‘eyes’ blink. The blinking sequence is random.

 

The eyes are placed out, alone or in groups, on various sites in a public space or gallery situation. 

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2013

They Are Here consist of a banner, with the text ОНИ ЗДЕСЬ [THEY ARE HERE], stretched diagonally over a street junction in Shiryaevo village. The artist handed out flyers, at the village boat landing on the opening day, with the same text to homecoming villagers, exhibition visitors as well as weekend tourists.

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2013

A steel barrel is placed on a light plinth. Smiley faces are attached to the barrel.

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2013

A single blue steel barrel, marked with three yellow smiley faces, is highlighted with spotlights. Four similar barrels are gathered together in the shadows. One of these barrels has a crack in the side, facing away from the lit up barrel. The light from the crack flickers and changes colour temperature.

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2013

Mirror surface PVC-stickers are applied to the floor. The stickers are in the shape of the international symbol for poison, a skull with crossed bones.

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2012

The surface of Life is Good is glossy and sleek. Two identical parts are placed on top of each other, with the top part seemingly floating 12 cm above the bottom one.  A monitor inside the bottom part shows clips from different reality-TV shows, such as Big Brother. The image is reflected and distorted by a mirrored cone, which is attached to the underside of the top part. Approaching the object you will here the characteristic sound of reality TV shows, voices of people quarrelling, making confessions and back talking other participants of the TV show, together with a flickering light that TV imagery produces.

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2011

In the artwork In Your Head we find ourselves in front of a door standing ajar. We can’t perceive the room behind the door. From behind the door we can hear a voice repeating the question: “Is it safe?”

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2011-2012

In the artwork In Your Head we find ourselves in front of a door standing ajar. We can’t perceive the room behind the door. From behind the door we can hear a voice repeating the question: “Is it safe?”

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2010-2013

24 standard automatic road barriers with painted metal casings are mounted on a 13 x 13-metre podium made of galvanised steel grills. The barriers are connected to a central control unit, which randomly regulates the opening and closing of the barrier arms. Thus the barrier’s opening and closing pattern is in constant change, leading to a constant variation of area access. Sometimes adjacent barriers will open simultaneously, allowing easy walk-through access. At other times the opening of barriers create a slow, complicated, or no walk-through situation.

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2010

An emergency stop button is mounted on top of a pipe, placed in the middle of a glass pavilion. From loudspeakers the sound from outside the pavilion can be heard. Sound is transmitted live via a microphone directly outside the pavilion, through an amplifier and a timer switch. When the emergency stop button is pressed, the sound from outside the pavilion is turned off. After a couple of minutes the sound turns itself back on again, to be heard until the next time someone presses the emergency stop button.

Street View, Gothenburg 2010

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2009

The entire building, Dunkers Kulturhus [Centre for the Arts], is turned into a statistical indicator.

Ten floodlights with colour filters are mounted at the top of Dunkers Kulturhus' front facade. The filters are coloured green, yellow and red, resembling the sound level gauge on, for example, a stereo. The building's facade floodlights are connected, via a light control unit, with sensors that register the number of visitors entering the building's main entrance and will thus function as a visitor gauge. Each visitor walking through the entrance will trigger the floodlights, a pulse sequence from green to red. A certain number of visitors will make the first light to stay turned on. The more visitors the more floodlights will be lit. By the end of each day the light status of Dunkers Kulturhus corresponds with the number of visitors, thereby making the public’s use of the building transparent and freely available.

Dunkers Kulturhus, 2009

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2009

Six profiler lights, each connected to a motion detector, are mounted on six steel masts. Six squares of light, with sharp edges, are projected onto the bridge leading to the museum. When a person enters a light square the light switches off. It turns on again when no body motion can be detected in the light square area(s).

Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, 2009

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2008
 
A strong and rotating light is placed inside Stockholm City Library’s rotunda. The light beacon beams out through the library windows and sweeps over the rooftops of centre Stockholm.
 
Stockholm City Library, Stockholm, 2008.

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2008
 
Privileged Situation – utopian vision is device monitoring a defined space and feeds back light onto any object – bodies of people entering the installation. Sensors detect an object and trigger small lamps to cast narrow beams of light onto the object. The light shines only on the object, the surrounding space will still be in darkness. As the body moves more sensors will be triggered and the light will thus follow the object wherever it moves.

Inside the installation you will move through a forest of invisible vertical sensor beams. Sensors are mounted next to small spotlights on aluminium frames, hanging down from the ceiling (10 LED-spotlights and 10 sensors on each frame). When your body is beneath a sensor it triggers the spotlight which will cast a narrow beam of light straight down, on the body part obstructing the beam. The body (body parts) will be illuminated on a spot straight under each spotlight. An upright standing person will approximately simultaneously trigger four to six spotlights. Wherever you move you will activate sensors and corresponding spotlights, meaning that you will find yourself in a small space of light surrounded by darkness.

Galleri Andersson Sandström, Stockholm (S), 2008

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2008
 
A superseded weather measuring station weather station, at Lyngvig Lighthouse, was renovated together with a slight modification of the cabinet and had the addition of an observation platform. It now stands, somewhat displaced directly by the North Sea, as an outpost facing the elements, inviting people to take a good look at the current weather and landscape situation.
 
Lyngvig Lighthouse, West Jutland, Denmark, 2008

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2008

An electrical fence, 6 metres in length, runs in a straight line across a court yard.

Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup, Sweden

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2007
 
An electrical fence, 50 metres in length, runs in a straight line across a lawn, with plenty of open space surrounding it.
 
Pastiche,  2007

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2007
 
Three profiler lights, each connected to a motion detector, are mounted on three steel masts. Six squares of light, with sharp edges, are projected onto the bridge leading to the museum. When a person enters a light square the light switches off. It turns on again when no body motion can be detected in the light square area(s).
 
urban interface | berlin , Berlin, 2007

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2006
 
External halogen floodlights are mounted on the lampposts along a park lane; motion detectors control the light. When a body is moving inside the lit area, covered by the detectors, the light switches off. If there’s no motion in the area the light is on, standing still inside the zone or being outside of it are the only possibilities to obtain light.
 
Article, 2006

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2006

Lampposts are controlled so that their light is dimmed in a cyclic order; the light slowly changes from light to darkness, from darkness to light.

Madrid Abierto, 2006

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2004
 
Steel stands of varying heights are placed in a sliding scale and topped by electric lights similar to the guiding lights at the end of an airport runway. The flashing lights are connected in order to create a constantly ‘running’ effect. After the lights on the tallest stand have flashed those on the next stand flash and so on, down to the shortest stand, at which point the phase starts again from the highest stand.
 
Umedalens Skulptur, 2006

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2004

An emergency stop button is mounted on top of a pipe, placed in the middle of a glass pavilion. From loudspeakers the sound from outside the pavilion can be heard. Sound is transmitted live via a microphone directly outside the pavilion, through an amplifier and a timer switch. When the emergency stop button is pressed, the sound from outside the pavilion is turned off. After a couple of minutes the sound turns itself back on again, to be heard until the next time someone presses the emergency stop button.

Momentum 4, 2004

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2003-2010
 
Graphic originating from signs on which red and white stripes mark out property, or are used to signal a warning - that is, a mark of authority. The text describes the average message used to mark out property combined with numbers describing an area: the area covered by the sign. The area of the poster is equivalent to the area described by the figures printed on it.

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2002

A public building’s light flashes after closing hours.

Six strobe lights, placed inside the building, are controlled by a light-mixing unit.
After closing hours the entire building's light flashed until the library opened again the next morning. This went on for four weeks in January-February 2002.

Malmö, 2002

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