Annika Eriksson, 2015

Photo: "Something is here nothing is here (horror)" 2015 © Annika Eriksson

The Site Residency_external: Novosibirsk

Berlin-based Swedish artist Annika Eriksson is the third artist-participant of The Site Residency. She has spent two weeks in Novosibirsk (RU) in May–June 2015 working on Something is here nothing is here (horror).

Drawing on, and abstracting, the framework of the residency, Eriksson’s approach and method enquires into the possibility for a site to provide the script, and remit. For the city itself to serve as the ghostwriter of choice.

Something is here nothing is here (horror) takes the form of a light box placed in a pedestrian tunnel in the city center. The light of the sign is slowly fading in and out. Something is here nothing is here (horror) manifests and insists on its own impossibility, as a continuously present and breathing presence. This slightly disturbing figure, has no obvious sender; it is not a commercial, nor an official message. The piece is left behind, permanent yet following, and subjected to the conditions of its site.

Annika Eriksson

Selected recent commissions and solo exhibitions by Annika Eriksson include: Now you see us now you don't, Krome Gallery, Berlin (2014); I am the dog that was always here (loop), Istanbul Biennale (2013); Psychic/The past the present the future, When Attitudes Becomes Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2013); The Trilogy, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); Gallery NON, Istanbul, (2011); Wir sind wieder da, DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2011); I’m Still Waiting For You, Hayward Gallery, London (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Future Lights, Vienna Biennale, MAK, Vienna (2015); Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of other Possibilities, SALT, Istanbul (2015); Life's finest values, Kunsthalle Exnergasee, Vienna (2015); #catcontent, Kunstpalais Erlangen (2015); Menagerie, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2015); Being an Island (Inseldasein), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2013); 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Kiev Biennale (2012). Since 2011 Eriksson is professor at the Bergen Art and Design Academy, Norway.