HAPPENINGText: Victor Moreno

Booth of BENTE SOMMERFELDT-COLBERG, Oslo, Norway, Supermarket 2016

BENTE SOMMERFELDT-COLBERG Oslo, Norway. Curated by art gallery Kunstplass [10], this Norwegian artist exhibited “Time”, an interesting art piece inspired by an hourglass, which always brings the concepts of past, present and future. Made of metal and glass. The difference here is the sand does not spill over a second glass but flows out over a crystal bowl and spreads on the floor around the artwork. Hence we can interpret as a wasted cycled of live, time slips away and it wont never return.

“FREE SCHOOL” by VSVSVS, Toronto, Canada, Supermarket 2016

VSVSVS Toronto, Canada. The Canadian collective formed in 2010 is an artist-run center based in a warehouse on Toronto. A lovely gang that came to Supermarket to help people. Yep, they created an alternative space, which was isolated from the hectic vibe on every fair, and people walking to and fro. They constructed a cave with plastic bags which was specifically ventilated to make air fresher than the regular one. Apart from giving shelter from the hectic vibe, the space was meant to be a “free school” to teach you ephemeral things in life. “We offered a free school during Supermarket, where we taught useless, ephemeral, and absurd knowledge inside an inflatable, air-filtered bubble. The structure was a temporary piece of architecture that acted as lecture hall for the classes. The classes were simple exchanges of simple ideas. We taught the classes, but also recruited audience members as guest lecturers. Some examples of classes include, how to wing it, how to pet a cat, how to feel bad, and how to do shitty magic tricks”, the collective explained to us.

Supermarket 2016

Some more noteworthy art galleries and artists that we met at Supermarket 2016 are PERI, Helsinki, Finland, MART Belfast, Ireland, MoTA MUSEUM OF TRANSITORY ART, SOUND ART BANK, Helsinki, Finland, SMALL PROJECTS Trømso, Norway.



In words of Supermarket’s Project Manager, Pontus Raud “We hope we have helped to highlight and emphasize the artist-run scene and that more has been learned about different artist-run initiatives around the world. A visionary thinking around a creative and artistic scene has been created. This is Supermarket’s strength and challenge, which still after ten years makes it exciting, dynamic, and vital.”

Supermarket 2016
Date: April 21st – 24th, 2016
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Place: Svarta Huset
Address: LM Ericssons väg 26, Telefonplan, Stockholm
Admission: SEK 120, Children under 16 free
Tel: +46 (0)8 508 31341

Text: Victor Moreno
Photos: Victor Moreno

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