HÅKAN JONSON

hakan (at) jonson.net

Curriculum Vitae; artist, programmer and publisher. Born 1978, lives and works in Stockholm. Work includes digital art, software development, print making, book crafting and paintings. One half of Irrlicht, a non-profit publishing house and record company focusing on contemporary text and sound art.

Woodcut Projects (2019-2022)

Irrlicht Publishing

21-8-21

On Eternity

On Transmutation

Various woodcut work for Irrlicht publishing.

21-8-21

Cassette tape with hand printed woodcut sleeve; edition of 50.

A crude live recording capturing the first ever performance of a collaborative drone piece by poet Kristofer Flensmarck and composer Erik Enocksson. The performance was bootlegged on the 21st of August, 2021 at Anti Antikvariat in Malmö.
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On Eternity

Box set with silver foil printed woodcut engraving; edition of 15.

A collection of texts and musical compositions by contemporary artists exploring the concept of infinite time and the way it resonates through the emotional, material and spiritual architecture of our own most finite lives.
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On Transmutation

Box set (4 x C20) with copper woodcut engraving; edition of 30.

Transmutation – the conversion of one element into another – is the overarching principle for this release in which four contemporary artists convert iconic historical texts into sound; from breath and bells, field recordings and strings, to the repeating cycles of pure sine waves. The texts themselves deals with themes ranging from the elevation, or divination of the human soul to the conversion of electrical currents into cryptocurrency. Together they loosely trace their common denominator – Alchemy – throughout a Western history of ideas.
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"Scanning — Printing" (2018)

w/ Jonas (J) Magnusson & Cecilia Grönberg

Installation View, Moderna Museet, 2018.

Autonomous publishing installation for the 79th edition of OEI.

"The 79th edition of OEI magazine stands out from previous editions. It is published as a spatial presentation and is an experimental montage of different editorial practices in an expanded field between art, poetry, film, documents, theory and historiography."

Exhibitions

OEI #79 — EDIT/PUBLISH/DISTRIBUTE!, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, February - March 2018.

"Transformer " (2017/18)

 

Woodcut, 2017. 

"Transformer" is a collection of algorithmically modified mammals, which of some lives in a simulation - others are represented as woodcuts, paintings, prints, etc.

Representation

Various private collections.

"Encyclopedia" (2015)

w/ Johannes Heldén

Installation View, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, 2019.

"Encyclopedia" is a text generator that creates encyclopedic entries for extinct fictive animal species. It aims to put a gentle focus on the state of the planet, meanwhile exploring the possibilities of digital literature and art.

Publication containing 150 excerpts from the artwork available here.

Exhibitions (in selection)

Human Nature at OBORO, Montreal, Canada. 2021.
Shapeshifters, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden. 2020.
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2019.
Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019.
Desert X, Coachella Valley, USA, 2019.
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA), Riga, Latvia, 2018.
Et Nytt Vi, Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway, 2017.
21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015.
Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Bergen, Norway, August 2015.

Publications

"Encyclopedia", 150 excerpts, Irrlicht, ISBN 978-91-978919-5-0, 2020.
"The Digital Imaginary" (by Roderick Coover), The Generative Archive of Encylopedia: A Conversation with Håkan Jonson and Johannes Heldén, Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN 978-1-5013-4756-6, 2020.
Tydningen Magazine (nr. 33/34), Arkiv 1, 2020.

"Nollpunkten" (2014/15)

 

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"Nollpunkten" (point zero) is a series of oil painting which aims towards nothingness; eight anonymous figurative paintings with the ambition to completly reduce narrative or subject. Even though figurative, the lack of all specific associative elements makes the paintings themselves utterly materalistic and abstract. What is left is the viewers own associative point zero.

Representation

Various private collections.

"Evolution" (2013/14)

w/ Johannes Heldén

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"Evolution" is an artwork designed to emulate the texts and music of poet and artist Johannes Heldén. With Evolution we aim to examine and dissect the role of the author; when new poetry that resembles the work of the original author is created or presented through an algorithm, is it possible to make the distinction between "author" and "programmer"?

www.textevolution.net

"Evolution" code, content and other material is available in the book () published by OEI Editör (2014).

Exhibitions (in selection)

Textival, Arts & Poetry Festival, Gothenburg, 2022.
Radikal Salong, Stadsteatern, Stockholm, 2019.
Language and the Interface, International Conference on Digital Literary Studies, Coimbra, Portugal, May 2015.
Chercher Le Texte, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, September 2014.
The 6th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), Istanbul, Turkey, November 2014.
Lumen Prize Exhibition, Cardiff (UK), Athens (Greece), New York (USA), Amsterdam (Netherlands, Jan. 2015), London (UK, May 2015).
OEI Colour Project, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2014. Hastac, (an early draft) Toronto, Canada, May 2013.

Awards

The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Electronic Litterature
The Lumen Prize Shortlist
Kulturbryggan

History Revisited

Various projects from the past







"Slutförvar"1 (2013)

Hand made book (written by Kristofer Flensmarck); cyanotype prints, photography, etc. 100 copies, published by Irrlicht.

"Aeronautics"2 (2013)

Series of 6 oil paintings looking at the planet from above; the atmosphere, air pollution, weather phenomenas, etc.

"System"3 (2012/13)

Hand made book (written by Johannes Heldén); van Dyke prints, embossing, etc. 100 copies, published by Irrlicht.

"Det ska se ut som slutet" (2012)

Cover art and conceptual work for the album by Swedish post-punk band "Diskoteket". Released by Irrlicht.

"Nedjal Echtal"4 (2012)

Cover art for the audio piece by Pär Thörn; released by Zeon Light Kassett.

"A Collection of Blind Birds"5 (2011)

Pen sketches. Fragments published in the Liverpool based publication Drawing Paper.

"F P S" (2011)

Hand made book (written by Kristofer Flensmarck). 300 copies, published by Irrlicht.

"Katalys" (2010/11)

Series of 8 oil paintings loosely based upon Arthur C. Clarkes Space Odyssey. Executed during 2010-2011 and partly published in the swedish art and litterature magazine "Rymden" in December 2011 (unfortunately no longer available).

"Den vita staden" (2011)

Hand made book (written by Jessica Andersson). 300 copies, published by Irrlicht.

"Misantropi för nybörjare" (2010)

Cover art and conceptual work for the album by "Chicagojazzen". Released by Irrlicht.

"Skinnskatteberg" (2008)

Musician in the film by Jesper Ganslandt featuring music by Erik Enocksson. Filmed in the summer of 2008 and released on DVD in 2011 by Gothenborg based label Kning Disk.