Jan Svenungsson

Bibliography, writings by JS:


"On Purpose", in: The Wind Tunnel Model: Transdisciplinary Encounters, ed. Florian Dombois, Scheidegger & Spiess 2017 (major essay on wind tunnels, the current art situation and free flight glider model flying, referencing among others: Boris Groys, Samuel Beckett and Arthur Rimbaud)

"Katzen, No Sun & Heaven", in: Ausstellungspublikation für die Essence 2017, Institut für bildende und mediale Kunst, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, 2017

"Är här nu", exhibition text, Bror Hjorths Hus, Uppsala 2017 (introductory text for the one man show "Är här nu" at Bror Hjorth's Hus, February-March 2017)

"Das Bild kontrollieren", in: Triëdere, # 15 (2/2016) (on Roland Barthes' "La chambre claire")

"Stellen wir uns eine Zeitmaschine vor...", in: FAC ARTEM FORMA FUTURA, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, 2016 (catalogue for the eponymous exhibition at the Bundeministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft)

"Das Neue/The New", in: thema, Sonderbeilage in der Wiener Zeitung, Vienna 2015 (text written for special 32 page Wiener Zeitung supplement about the Department for Graphics and Printmaking, University of Applied Arts Vienna.)

"Stagediving", in: Stagediving, catalogue for viennacontemporary, 2015 (introduction text for catalogue of six students' work)

"Groove Operator", in: Zeitraum Formulations, www.researchcatalogue.net, 2015 (essay written for Gerhard Eckel's artistic research project "The Choreography of Sound)

"Exlibris, Piktogramm, Signatur", in: Österreichisches Jahrbuch für Exlibris und Gebrauchsgrafik, Band 68, 2013-2014 (text about a project and exhibition in 2013, made with students from the University of Applied Arts Vienna)

"Fundamental Values Corrected", in: frieze d/e, blog, January 11, 2015 (text on Kraftwerk's TEE concert at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie and the simultaneous terror events in Paris, around the Charlie Hebdo magazine)

"Sich Modelle Vorstellen", in: Kunst und Bau, Nummer 1, Vexer Verlag, St. Gallen 2014 (text with a reflection on the role played by text in the public art process, written for a publication on Florian Dombois' public art project "Zugabe" in Potsdam, Germany)

"Binäre Grauwerte", in: Portfolio No 8, Griffelkunst-Vereinigung, Hamburg 2014 (text on Thomas Kilpper's development as an artist, written for the catalogue of his retrospective exhibition in Kunsthaus Hamburg)

"Space for Living / Un espace où habiter", in: Cahiers d'Art, No. 1-2, Paris 2013 (text on Absalon's different lodgings during the time JS knew him, and how his art relates to the concept of living space + 15 pages of JS' photos. Published March 2014)

"No Man is an Island", in: Alte Meister / Junge Meister, Ambra / Edition Angewandte, Vienna 2014 (introductory text for catalogue/book of an exhibition at Galerie Hochdruck, where about 20 students from JS' class at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, worked in relation to old master prints)

Umelec a písanie, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava 2014
(Slovak translation of An Artist's Text Book. With an afterword by Jozef Kovalcik. All editions of this book on one page)

"Det uppmärksammade konstverket / The Art of Attention", in: Dublett – Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway 2013 (one of five essays in a monograph on the woodcuts of the Kierulf sisters. Swedish/English)

"Introduction", in: Thought Machines – The Manual to an international exhibition, Ambra / Edition Angewandte, Vienna 2013 (an exhibition with students from London, Leipzig, Budapest, Bratislava & Vienna. Catalogue edited by JS)

"Man Ray 2013", in: Man Ray, Mjellby Konstmuseum, Halmstad, Sweden (one of four essays in the exhibition catalogue. Swedish/English)

"Does Berlin Need a New Art School?", in: frieze d/e, No. 9, April-May 2013 (an answer to a question, posed to 30 artists, authors and architects)

"Accumulation of Labor", in: Artists in Multifunctions, University of Applied Arts Vienna at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2013 (written for a catalogue of an exhibition of artists/professors at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The curator for the show was Peter Weibel)

Écrire en tant qu'artiste, Éditions de la Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg 2012
(French translation of An Artist's Text Book. All editions of this book on one page)

Ein Künstler-Text-Buch, SpringerWienNewYork – edition Angewandte, Vienna 2012
(German translation of An Artist's Text Book, with an added afterword by Robert Pfaller. All editions of this book on one page)

"A Developing Relationship", in: Hostings: Ocular Lab, 2003-10, Surpllus, Melbourne 2012
(a text written jointly with Katrin von Maltzahn)

"Spying on Sparrows", in: Intellectual Birdhouse, Koenig Books, London 2012
(anthology with 19 texts on the theme of "Artistic Practice as Research", edited by Florian Dombois, Ute Meta Bauer, Claudia Mareis & Michael Schwab)

"Le Temps de l'écriture", in: Tacita Dean – Écrits choisis 1992–2011, École supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg 2011(major essay on the writings of TD, written for this French compilation)

Forms for a Public Address – Tom Nicholson and Jan Svenungsson in conversation, surpllus, Melbourne 2011
(a dialogue text spanning 16.2.2208 – 20.4.2010, richly illustrated with work by JS, TN and others)

"Text, kod, verktyg, tro", in: Paletten, nr 2:2010

"The invisible identity of the chimney", in: De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte, Balthus – A Look Into the Invisible, Mandragora 2010 (text for the catalogue of an exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. Illustrated)

"Hebdomeros", in: TEXT – Revue, Heft 7, 2009 (the text is an excerpt from An Artist's Text Book)

"Psycho-Mapping East Berlin", text distributed at Musée de l'histoire contemporaine, Paris 2009-2010
(during the exhibition "Berlin : l’effacement des traces 1989-2009")

"Här och nu och i morgon", in: Kulturguiden, Ljusdal, Sommar 2009
(on the ideas and the background for the public art project at Slottegymnasiet in Ljusdal, Sweden)

"The Writing Artist", in: Art&Research, Volume 2. No. 2, Spring 2009
(paper originally presented at the Gradcam Conference in Dublin, 8-9 May 2008)

Bygga skorsten / Building Chimneys, Atlantis 2008
(a book about the Chimney Project as a whole, with a special focus on the Eighth Chimney. JS' text is the diary from Wanås)

"Psiho-topografia Scandinaviei / Psycho-Mapping Scandinavia",
in: Reader of Bucharest Biennale 3 / Pavilion  Magazine, # 12, Vol. 2, 2008

An Artist's Text Book, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, 2007 (a book on artists' writing. All editions of this book on one page)

"Kunststück! Was haben Sie dabei gedacht, Herr Svenungsson?", in: Financial Times Deutschland, 14.12.2007
(re-written version, by journalist Judith Borowski, of "Handlungsanweisung", a text written with the assistance of Werner Klein)

"Att bygga en skorsten", in: Kristianstadsbladet, 13 May – 24 June, 2007 (43 daily reports from the building of the Wanås chimney. A slightly edited version of the diary is included in Bygga skorsten / Building Chimneys)

"Skorstenar som konstverk", in: Skorstensfejarmästaren, Nr. 5/6 2007

"Sprachverschmelzende Mitteilungen", in: OEI, # 31–32 / 2007
(text on Brandenburger Kunstverein language project, written in mix–language)

"Controlled Production of Virtual Geopolitical Reality through Failure", in: Human IT 8:3: Dynamic Maps, University College of Borås, 2006 / Kontrollierte Produktion virtueller geo-politischer Realitäten durch Scheitern, cat. Galerie Werner Klein, Cologne 2012 (essay expanding on a paper given at a conference on "Dynamic Maps" at Umeå University in 2004)

"Stormens öga", in: You are invited, Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden, 2006
(in catalogue for the final year exhibition of the MFA students at the School of Photography, Gothenburg University)

"A Dialogue between Tom Nicholson and Jan Svenungsson", in: course, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2005
(in a folder printed and distributed at the exhibition)

"Coffee-to-go / |Coffee-to-go", in: SITE, 15.2005 (about a Berlin memory, for a Berlin theme issue)

"A Park in London", in: Dispatched, Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Universitet 2005
(on Ingela Johansson's video work, for the catalogue of the final year students' show at Bildmuseet)

"Att pejla verkligheten – en intervju med Paul Osipow / Reality check – an interview with Paul Osipow / Todellisuuden luotaamista - Paul Osipowin haastattelu", in: Svenungsson, Jan & Valjakka, Timo: Paul Osipow Paintings 1980-2005, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, 2005 (Swedish & English versions) Svenungsson, Jan & Valjakka, Timo: Paul Osipow: maalauksia 1994-2006, Amos Andersonin taidemuseo, 2007 (Finnish version)
(extensive interview with Paul Osipow for major retrospective book; the Finnish translation published later in an exhibition catalogue)

Quand les artistes font école – vingt-quatre journées de l’Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques 1988-1990, tome I, Musées de Marseille/Éditions du Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2004 (extensive transcriptions of the discussions at IHEAP during JS' study period. Several exchanges involving JS – not possible to reproduce here)

"La langue de l'artiste cosmopolite", in: Les écrits d'artistes depuis 1940 – Actes du colloque international Paris et Caen, 6-9 mars 2002, Textes réunis par Françoise Levaillant, edtions imec, Paris 2004
(conference paper developed into essay; on the Hebdomeros project and language issues in the contemporary art world)


"Skapandet av Man Ray / The Making of Man Ray", in: Man Ray Moderna Museet 2004, Stockholm 2004
(extensive essay on the reasons behind MR's creation of his persona, combined with the story of JS' discovery of M.R.)

"Man Ray", in: Xposeptember Stockholm Fotofestival, september 2004
(short presentation text for the Man Ray exhibition at Moderna Museet)


"Samtal med Kjell Strandqvist", in: Kjell Strandqvist – Transparenser, Konstakademin, Stockholm, 2004
(extensive interview with JS' former professor for drawing...)

Historien om ett konstverk: KOD 352, AstraZeneca, Södertälje, 2004
(a book on the sculpture installation KOD 352 and its context. Illustrated text in two parts; the first part by JS alone; the second part a composite interview with Karl Axel Pehrson, Maria Anvret, Alexander Bard – on the subject of the usefulness of art)

"Lieber zu viel als zu wenig. Kunst, Musik, Aktionen zwischen Hedonismus und Nihilismus (1976-1985)", in: Neue Review, Ausgabe 3, Oktober 2003 (collaborative text with Jörg Heiser.. A review of an exhibition about Berlin punk.)

"Questions and Answers", in: Contemporary Art From Sweden, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2003
(text related to "Psycho-Mapping Europe")

I morgon kommer något underbart att hända! / Tomorrow something wonderful will happen!, Statens Konstråd, Stockholm 2001 (a book with text and drawings. English translation published in supplement to early review, 2002)

"Rundgång. Om Henrik Rylanders konst", in: Paletten, # 4-5 2001
(on the sound art of H.R. and the instruments of Lev Termen and Robert Moog)

"Mauerstrasse", in: Artes – Tidskrift för Litteratur, Konst och Musik, Nr 3 2001
(text and 16 colorphotos describing a street in Berlin)

"La série des cheminées: De l'image a la place publique", in: De la sculpture au XXe siècle, (sous la direction de Thierry Dufrêne et Paul–Louis Rinuy), Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 2001 (on the implications of building chimneys, including descriptions of all such projects up until The Fifth Chimney)

"The '80s, what was it good for?", in: NU – The Nordic Art Review, Vol. III No 3–4/01 (answer to an enquiry)

"Birnbaum rör om i den internationella konstgrytan", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 21.8.2001
(interview with Daniel Birnbaum in Frankfurt)

"Former som liknar något", Göteborgs-Posten, 3.5.2001 (review of a new book with Dawid's photographs)

"Rulla in på torget / Roll onto the square", in: Den stora skalan/At a large scale, Statens Konstråd, Stockholm 2000 (book editor Catharina Gabrielsson. JS' text on Philip Johnson's Berlin building & "Gate House", New Caanan, while also discussing Claes Oldenburg's "Houseball")

"Hjälte eller förrädare", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 19.7.2000
(on Marinus van der Lubbe and his role in the Berlin Reichstag fire 1933)

"När bilden drunknar i mängden", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 17.7.2000 (review of two photo books)

"Återklang", in: Omstilling, June 2000 (text for an internet-text-relay; on working with carpentry machines...)

"Schornsteine bauen / Building Chimneys", in: Norden, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna 2000
(narrative catalogue text in which all chimney projects are discussed, ending with the project for Vienna)

"Samtal mellan Annika von Hausswolff och Jan Svenungsson", in: Crac in Context, 1999
(a hyper–text conversation between AvH and JS, published on the internet)

"Duty Now For The Future – Färgfotografi", in: Bruksanvisning till konsten i Pontus och Bipontus, Statens Konstråd, 1999 (on the second version of the photo–series originally made for the Norrköpings Museum exhibition "Brytningstider", then made in to a permanent work of public art)

"Målaren i dockskåpet", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 22.8.1999
(short piece about a visit to the new museum located in Magritte's former apartment, at rue d'Essegheim in Brussels)

"Tillbaka till brottsplatsen – Minnesmärken ber om förlåtelse", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 6.8.1999
(on monuments; by Micha Ullman, Frank Thiel and Philip Johnson; in Berlin)

"Huset är en kamera – Le Corbusiers arkitektur tillhör informationsåldern", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 27.7.1999
(on a book by Beatriz Colomina: Privat och Offentligt – Modern arkitektur som massmedium)

"Visuellt minne", in: Paletten, June 1999 (short text with two photos on visual memories)

"Bild och Ord – att umgås med Hebdomeros", in: Ord&Bild, # 3 1999
(on the translation/photo/exhibition project, with artist's insert)

"Ständigt på topp – Leni Riefenstahls filmer påverkar än",in: Göteborgs-Posten, 20.2.1999
(on the retrospective exhibition at Potsdam Filmmuseum)

"Om att bjuda på 'verklighet'", in: Moderna Museets Vänners tidskrift, # 3, 1998
(commissioned text on the future prospects of photography's role in art)

"Mina Man Ray / My Man Rays", Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Sollentuna 1998
(12 short texts in catalogue to exhibition of Man Rays belonging to JS; each text written to an image)

"En konceptuell basist / A Conceptual Bass Player", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 25.6.1998. English version in: We are all normal, ed. Katya Sander & Simon Sheikh, Black Dog Publishing 2001 (on Steven Severin's bass–playing, Marcel Duchamp and the fight to not become too good)

"Kraftwerk – Musikmaskinen går igen / Robot–Pop", Göteborgs-Posten, 3.6.1998
(on "does Kraftwerk really exist?", life on the list, and the future of the most mysterious of bands)

Short Dictionary of Words and Names, h., Melbourne, 1998 (text distributed during exhibition in April 1998)

"Under en tid av ett år...", in: Vasteras, Västerås Konstmuseum, 1998 (text on a work by Maria Magnusson)

"Marie–Louise Ekman och jag började samtidigt... | Marie–Louise and I both arrived...", in: marie–louise ekman, Carlsson Bokförlag, Stockholm 1998 (written for book published with M-LE's first major retrospective at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, and at 6 subsequent places in Sweden during 98–99)

"Om att förstå allt" – Hebdomeros väg till insikt", in: AT 60, Fazola, Lund 1997 (essay written for Anders Tornberg)

"Konstens estetiska ekon – Duchamp satte igång tolkningsmaskinerierna", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 15.7.1997
(review of Calvin Tompkin's book Marcel Duchamp (Chatto & Windus); discussing the possibilities for interpretation of an art–work)

"Project for Fourth Chimney ist eine handgedruckte...", in: SüdwestLB Druckgraphik Kunstpreis '97, Stuttgart 1997
(this text, as is the following, is a minimalistic presentation of a print)

"Dem Holzschnitt First Chimney liegt...", in: SüdwestLB Druckgraphik Kunstpreis '97, Stuttgart 1997

"Sommaren 1987 fann jag...", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 13.5.1997 (artist's project with two photos + text. Subject: the Berlin Wall...)

"Vad är svensk kultur? / What is Swedish Culture?", in: Stockholm 98, # 1, 1997
(commissioned short text – not an easy subject)

"Text for Drewen", in: Partie 4 Brandenburgische Kunsttage 1996, Internationales Kunstforum Drewen, 1997
(on the chimney projects in general – and the Drewen project in particular. Catalogue published 9 months after exhibition ended...)

"In October 1969 the GDR celebrated... | Lokakuussa 1969 DDR juhli...", in: Valokuva, # 6, 1996
(a project, with photographs, for the photo–magazine Valokuva on the subject of Germany and photography)

"...we all fall down – Alex Rizkalla and Jan Svenungsson in conversation / ...we all fall down – Alex Rizkalla im Gespräch mit Jan Svenungsson", in: Be, # 4, 1996 (JS interviews A.R., at Künstlerhaus Bethanien)

"Oszillation zwischen Polen / Oscillation Between Poles", in: Be, # 4, 1996
(a working discussion between JS and Kay Heymer, for Etwas über L. – spanning a wide range of ideas, edited by JS)

"Sing Along with Johnny", in: SIKSI, # 3, 1996. Also in: We are all normal, ed. Katya Sander & Simon Sheikh, Black Dog Publishing 2001 (on the Sex Pistols, after visiting a concert on their comeback tour)

"Als ich Pontus Hulten zum ersten Mal begegnete...", in: Das gedruckte Museum von Pontus Hulten, Kunst– und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, 1996 (a portrait of P.H., in catalogue for an exhibition of his book- and catalogue production)

"Serien om 110 teckningar...", in: Till Filmen 100 år, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, 1996
(a short presentation of the video "110" + favourite film info)

"Lösningen på problemet / The Solution to the Problem" in: Vägen – en antologi om att göra bra konst, Bonnier Alba, Stockholm, 1995. Reprinted in: Tidningen Papper, # 0, 1998 (ambitious description/analysis of the creative process)

"På golvet framför mig... / On the floor in front of me...", in: Stockholm, a book by Ola Billgren and Jan Svenungsson, Propexus, Lund, 1995 (collaborative book; one text by each artist discussing their photoseries "Stockholm". Reproductions)

"En arkitekturfotografs uppdrag... / The task of an architectural photographer", in: MAMA, # 12, 1995.
Republished as: "När byggnaden framträder i sin helhet", in: F– Fotografisk Tidskrift, # 1, 2001
(a project, with photographs, on architectural photography)

"Maximal närvaro i handlingens nu", in: Göteborgs-Posten, 13.7.1995 (on Ellen von Umwerth + Bernd & Hilla Becher)

"Viljan till kontroll möter lusten till kaos / The Will to Control Meets the Lust for Chaos | Der Wille zu Kontrolle trifft die Lust am Chaos", unpublished (written for the application for Künstlerhaus Bethanien, early 1995)

"I am interested in systems... / Olen kiinnostunut järjestelmistä", in: Rauma Baltic Biennale, Rauma, 1994
(catalogue text-cum-poem-cum-statement for the 110 drawings later used in the video "110")

"Byteshandel", in: Ten makes Ten, Galleri Ahnlund, Umeå, 1994
(on the collaborative work of JS and Carl–Johan Eriksson, from exhibition catalogue)

"Det perfekta fotografiet / The Perfect Photograph / Das perfekte Foto", in: Bulletin från Moderna Muséet, # 4, 1994. German version in: Schornsteinarbeit, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, 1998 (about a photograph representing the First Chimney)

"Rembrandt", in: Svenska Dagbladet, 11.10.1992 (about the 1992 exhibition in Stockholm)

PARAD, Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund 1991
(artist's book with 10 colour etchings, edition 25. Minimalistic text... – the whole book available here in virtual version)

"Total Förvirring", in: Dagens Nyheter, 23.11.1991 (continuing debate over exhibition at Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg)

"Fusk med Fotokopior", in: Dagens Nyheter, 30.9.1991 (attacking exhibition at Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg)

"Bort med moms på galleriprovision", in: Dagens Nyheter, 23.3.1991
(with several co-authors, short version of "Orimlig effekt för konstnärer")

"Orimlig effekt för konstnärer", in: Dagens Nyheter, 3.3.1991
(debate article co-written with C. Edefalk, F. Gmelin, M. Wickström, attacking new tax on gallery exhibitions)

"Allt resande är en flykt undan ålderdom och död", in: Billgrens: Kultur – Samlevnad – Inredning, Göteborgs Konsthall, 1991 (tongue–in–cheek interview with Ernst and Helene Billgren, for catalogue of their exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall)

"Man Ray", in: Fotografisk tidskrift, # 4, 1990 (ambitious double portrait; M.R.+ JS...)

"Tout donne à penser que l'evacuation de la ville... | All observations indicate that the evacuation of the city...",
in: catalogue, CREDAC, Ivry–sur–Seine, 1989 (text as integrated part of exhibition)

"Observatörer som beskrev läget i staden... / Observers describing the atmosphere of the city... / Les observateurs qui décrivaient l'atmosphère de la ville... / Die Beobachter, welche die Atmosphäre der Stadt beschrieben...", in: catalogue, Galleri Engström, Stockholm, 1989 (text as integrated part of exhibition)

"Under rekognoscering en natt... / One night during reconnaissance... | Kaksi tiedeustelupartiota...", in: Aurora 3, Ateneum, Helsinki, 1989 (text as integrated part of exhibition)

"Att befästa en stad / To fortify a city", in: Siksi, # 2, 1988 (a project on photography)

"När han framåt eftermiddagen...", in: Konstföreställningar, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, 1987
(text written for "still video objects", paraphrasing "Hebdomeros", in exhibition catalogue)

"Cindy Sherman – gåtfullt gripande", in: Aftonbladet, 30.12.1987 (on the attraction of C.S.)

"...och det regnar in i hans hus", in: Aftonbladet, 29.12.1987 (about a visit to the Villa Savoye)

"Souvenirs!", text supplied with the serigraph "Souvenirs!", published by Bankgirot (sic!)

"På stadiga ben i 80–talets kvicksand", in: Aftonbladet, 4.8.1987
(on Giorgio De Chirico`s novel "Hebdomeros" – review of Swedish translation of favourite book)

"I glappet mellan olika verkligheter", in: Aftonbladet, 10.1.1987 (on Max Book, first exhibition review written)

"Musik i skuggan av muren", in: Schlager # 15, 24.4.1981
(first text published. On music in West–Berlin: interviews with Gudrun Gut, Frieder Butzmann, Trance Plast)