In 2016, Supermarket first introduced the Professional Networking Participants (PNP) programme for art professionals with the purpose to create a meeting point for Swedish and international artists, curators and art operators in order to expand their networks beyond the exhibition space. The programme quickly became popular and 2018 presents its third edition. Naturally, we found ourselves curious to know more about what made the programme successful, and we approached a former attendee, artist and curator Signe Vad, to learn more about her experience from participating in 2016.
1) In 2016, the Professional Networking Participants programme was introduced for the first time. What made you decide to apply?
I did not run an exhibition space back then, but I have been very involved in the artist-run scene, so meeting others, and debating common challenges and ideologies has been very important. The world is turning all the time and new insights appear in parallel to new problems. It is great to meet other colleagues and initiators to hear their reasons for doing all that hard work voluntarily.
2) Once attending the programme what was your experience like? Has it impacted your artistic career in any way, or expanded your network of connections and potential collaborations?
It expanded my perspective, insight and network of connections and potential collaborations.
3) Finally, this year’s theme is Legacy, and in regard to that, what do you think a PNP programme should contain to stand the test of time? If there was such a thing as a perfect recipe for a PNP programme what would it consist of?
I like meetings and debates very much. I like to reflect upon the main thoughts, pondering the reasons for what we do. I like seminars and broad discussions on the importance of what we do, and how we can be part of moving the world in a better direction. I like to think that through meeting, talking, arguing, learning and acting we can have a strong impact, can make movements and waves; that create a counter attack to all that capitalistic destructive madness that have possessed us all. I like to believe that a fragment of that is what happens when we meet at Supermarket, and I think Supermarket could increase that impact.
Signe Vad will return for the next edition of Supermarket in 2018, this time exhibiting with recently founded space The KRÆ (CREATURE) Syndicate, located in the old Meatpacking District of Copenhagen. (Not unlike Supermarket’s new meat-district venue in Stockholm’s Slakthusområdet. Two is a trend?)
SUPERMARKET – STOCKHOLM INDEPENDENT ART FAIR is an art fair for Swedish and international artist-run galleries and project spaces. The art fair serves as a dynamic networking platform for artists, curators, exhibitors and the wide public. It gives the visitors a unique chance to meet various art initiatives from around the world.
Supermarket 2018 takes place in April 12–15, 2018 at ‘Slaughterhouse 5’, Fållan 10, Slakthusområdet at Globen, Stockholm (professional preview on April 11).
Work as a volunteer at SUPERMARKET 2018!
SUPERMARKET is looking for service minded, dedicated and driven volunteers for the whole extended fair week during April 8–16 2018. As a volunteer you will be a part of a great and friendly team, together creating the best conditions for the exhibitors and artists during the fair; and also making sure that the visitors feel welcome and get the most out of their visit.
As a volunteer, you will be assigned various tasks. You could build up or take down the fair, you may stand in the cashier or in an information counter, work as a host in one of our special programmes, take care of exhibitors and visitors, take photographs or be a helping hand during the press preview. You will see how the fair comes alive, what is going on behind the scene, and meet international artists and people from across the art spectrum. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with people from the art world!
To be a volunteer, you need to work at least three shifts during the fair period (April 8–16). It is also mandatory to participate in one of the two information meetings in February (after-work hours). To be considered for some of the assignments, you must be available each of the opening days (April 12–15).
Apply today and become a SUPERMARKET 2018 volunteer! Please, send us a short motivation why you would like to be part of the Super-team, your relevant skills as well as your name and mobile number. Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to reading your application!
Today we are pleased to reveal the pre-selection of artist-run spaces exhibiting at Supermarket 2018, and present an array of exhibitors from all corners of the world!
Newly exhibiting at the Supermarket will be 14 Artist + from Tanzania consists of primarily self taught, full time painters, sculptors and illustrators, with only a few having participated in international art fairs and residences.
Canadian artist-run art centre SAW was established already back in 1973, making it one of the most notable artist-runs in Canada. With over 35 000 visitors each year it definitely is a must-see destinations for contemporary art in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
Some of our Russian representation is the Elektrozavod gallery from Moscow, travelling from an experimental exhibition space located in the former Research Institute of Long-range Radio Communication. Gallery ч9, being another first-time exhibitor at Supermarket, is travelling perhaps even farther – all the way from Murmansk in northwest Russia, where it has the claim of being the first and only contemporary art space in the city.
Durden and Ray from the other side of the pond in Los Angeles is organised by its 24 members. The space works with members-organised curated group shows as well as international artists, and with focus set on global exchange and alternative networks.
HotDock Gallery showcases works by artists from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, surrounded by docks and industrial surroundings in the Port of Bratislava. The location holds more than a typical industrial setting in the eyes of HotDockers, serving as inspiration for site specific projects, as means to attract the general public to the area, and to incite discussions on the potential relationships to an industrial environment, generally intended for consumption.
As we were curious to know more, we asked some of the exhibitors a couple of questions:
a) What can we look forward to seeing in your exhibition stand at Supermarket 2018?
b) If you could put one thing related to your gallery in a box and store it for eternity, what would it be?
a) Some of what we will bring to Supermarket:
PUBLIC DISTURBANCE: Politics and Protest in Contemporary Indigenous Art from Canada – A multidisciplinary exhibition that features protests and actions by some of Canada's most influential Indigenous artists; NORDIC LAB – We will launch a research space for contemporary artists called Nordic Lab in 2018, which will promote the exchange of artists living in Canada’s North, Scandinavia and Nordic countries; HB MAGAZINE – HB is an artist-run magazine that is dedicated to drawing practices. The European launch of its latest issue Structures will take place at the Galerie SAW Gallery stand as part of Supermarket 2018.
b) We're currently under renovation for our major expansion project and if we could store something for eternity, it would be our broken disco ball from our social space, Club SAW. It has shone fragments of light on so many amazing people throughout the years...
a) We ourselves are very much looking forward to see what's going to be presented at the stand! So far we have an idea – let's see how it develops.
b) Matrox Triplehead2Go [SM Team’s remark: We also had no idea what this is, and had to Google it up!]
Durden and Ray
a) Durden and Ray is excited to show work made by members of our Los Angeles artist collective. We'll also do our best to bring some of our weather.
b) What would we keep for eternity? Our Eames desk chair? Our website's domain name? Our wall repair supplies? All good options. After all, eternity is a long time for a gallery... But if we could only keep one thing for an eternity, it would be the friendships we've made, both within our group and with all the other galleries and collectives we've had the joy of collaborating with.
a) Musel Link will show “Luxemburg Art Scene in the Hollow of the Hand”, miniature art works by 11 artists residing in Luxembourg. Each art piece should fit a palm of the hand. The group is a miniature portrait of the current Luxembourg art scene as selected artistes belong to different generations (70 to 30 years) and are coming from diverse backgrounds and different fields of visual creation
b) I would put a small curved mirror, as it can swallow and reflect all the surrounding space in the hollow of the hand.
Alma Martha/Kalashnikovv from Cape Town/Johannesburg – Artist-Run Allience from Tel Aviv – Berlinskej model from Prague – Bunkern from Västerås – Candyland from Stockholm – Elektrozavod gallery from Moscow – KC Grad from Belgrade – Kunstverein Familie Montez from Frankfurt – Paleis van Mieris from Amsterdam – Storm and Drunk from Madrid are some of the exhibitors
Have you ever wondered who these Supermarket people even are?
We think it is nice if you get to know a bit about the people behind the scene and emails, and whom you will encounter at the fair.
And so we wanted to share with you our two latest, brightest additions to the Supermarket 2018 team: Franziska Sperling as Talks and Performances coordinator & Emer Ní Chíobhaín as Professional Networking Participants coordinator.
Our project manager asked them a couple of questions and you can read below their replies to what they are going to do at Supermarket, and their thoughts on Legacy – and even eternity.
Hi Emer, hi Franziska! You are brand new to the Supermarket Team and as such we have high hopes for you to bring some fresh and glorious ideas to the programme. What are you going to work with at Supermarket and what does it involve?
Franziska: I am the Talks & Performance programme coordinator and will help to gather the most interesting participants who will contribute either with a highly relevant public talk to the legacy theme or with an exciting, unforgettable and path-breaking performance to the Supermarket 2018 programme!
Emer: This year I'm the PNP coordinator! As a professional networking participant (PNP) at Supermarket myself a couple of years ago I know what it's like to be part of the art fair but not exhibiting. Although PNPs do not exhibit, they are able to take part in special seminars and discussions, the meetings programme, exhibitor gatherings, exhibitor party, and gain access to the very exciting VIP Exhibitor lounge! I'll be working closely with my colleagues in the Meetings programme and the Talks programme to make this year’s PNP experience an interesting and exciting one.
Is there something that you are particularly looking forward to at the art fair?
Franziska: I really look forward to working with the super Supermarket team and by that getting to know a different professional environment and of course to learn so much more about the amazing artists who rock the independent art scene.
Emer: As always, every year, for me it’s about meeting people. I'm excited to see what new faces will be around as well as catching up with some old ones!
This year’s theme is Legacy. What are your thoughts and ideas in regards to that? Do you think it is easy to create a programme around a theme like that?
Franziska: It will be interesting to be looking together into the past and the future, and trying to see ourselves/the art scene from a past and future perspective. Where are we today and where do we want to be in future? How much influence do we have today in order to be remembered and how much will the perception of what we do today change?
I think the biggest challenge is to combine all the different ideas of and perspectives on legacy and create like a map of thoughts and practices at the art fair. But differences are a good starting point for discussions and exchange, which will hopefully lead to that both artists and the audience feel inspired and encouraged for future practices and projects.
Emer: "Legacy" is such a big idea, and as such I do think it's easy to create a programme around it, but it's the potential directions it can be taken that will be interesting. Are we going to be looking at the future of artist-run-spaces in the current economic climate? Or perhaps, looking at taking over from those who have gone before and bringing in new generations of practice and practices. I'm excited to see what this year's talks programme will bring.
A futuristic question: Will art still be relevant in 1000 years?
Franziska: As long as people are left in 1000 years there will be art and it will be relevant! (I wonder what art will look like though, and how it will develop.)
Emer: Of course! I'm not sure what the "state of art" will look like. But art will always be relevant.
And lastly, if you could put one thing in a box and store it for eternity, what would it be?
Franziska: It would be a letter of a friend. Highly important to me. Completely irrelevant for anyone who would find the box.
Emer: Wow! I really don't know what to say! Well, if I'm to store something for eternity, it has to last forever, right? I've always had a fascination with ancient Egyptian rituals so maybe I would mummify something. Perhaps I'd have myself mummified after my death with elaborate decoration and all!
Franziska Sperling is based in Stockholm and has a MA degree in Cultural Studies from Leipzig University, Germany. She made Stockholm the place for her academic research on public art and the relationship between art and society, as well as the place for professional challenges within mediation and education.
Emer Ní Chíobháin is an Irish visual artist and arts administrator. She is the acting PRO for artist-run space; Detroit, Stockholm. In her own visual arts practice she has exhibited across Ireland, as well as internationally in New York, Sofia, London and locally at Detroit, Stockholm and at Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair.