Embassy of Sweden proudly exhibits two works by the artist duo Lundahl & Seitl at House of Sweden on September 24-25. The works—The Memor and Symphony of a Missing Room—explore how technology connects, and disconnects, us from each other and from other life forms and processes. The installation incorporates Virtual Reality (VR) technology, sightless goggles, and three-dimensional audio headphones. As part of the installation, visitors are also guided by an unseen performer.
The Memor, created with co-artist ScanLAB Projects, is a choreographed room with 3D-printed objects that visitors can touch and feel. The experience is accompanied by a speculative fiction story by Malin Zimm, which expands as guests walk through the room. Objects and scenes in the installation take on a multitude of experiential modes—physical, virtual, auditory, and emotional—to create a space where VR is seen as an ability rather than a form of technology.
The composite, site-sensitive, artwork Symphony of a Missing Room was first shown in 2009 at the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm. This new iteration emerged from a commission for Temple of Alternative Histories at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany, coinciding with Documenta Fifteen. It is inspired by an exercise on how to “become” a river and the ways in which we both shape, and are being shaped by, our environment. Visitors wear headphones and sightless goggles that distort vision, while a guide leads them through whispers and synchronized touch. This friction between visual and auditory systems enables a new relationship with the surroundings.
Lundahl & Seitl formed in 2003 as continuous research into the question of how we perceive reality and negotiate its various forms. The virtual experience in their works is created with unusual objects, such as sightless goggles, or by reverse-engineering visual stimuli. Through their interdisciplinary and experimental approach, the duo has developed an art form and method that includes staging, choreographed movement, instructions, sculpture, spatial sound, and augmented and virtual reality. For more information, visit Lundahl & Seitl.
The Memor and Symphony of a Missing Room will show at House of Sweden on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25. Visitors are required to have a timed pass to enter, as capacity is limited. Registration for time slots will open on September 8 on Eventbrite.
House of Sweden is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday between 12:00pm to 5:00pm (ET). For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit the House of Sweden website.
Embassy of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street NW.