Several of Dahlberg’s video installations are filmed in complex models to provide an illusion of architectural environments. In his works of art, he explores spatiality and what methods exist to monitor it. He brings together two contrasting ways of relating to space, frequently being on the inside or on the outside, seeing or being seen. The shift between these positions creates a feeling of spatial ambivalence and also an interplay between active and passive surveillance.
At the Riche restaurant in Stockholm Safe Zones # 8 is being shown, which has been developed at the exhibition at Moderna Museet into Safe Zones # 10. A monitor is situated outside a toilet, on which can be seen the interior of the lavatory filmed diagonally from above. Visitors to the restaurant assume that a surveillance camera has been installed inside. Any visitor bold enough to venture is surprised to discover that what has been placed there is an exact copy of the toilet and that it is in fact the model that is being monitored.
Dahlberg’s constructed worlds are a commentary on the paranoia and the need for control that characterises the contemporary march towards a security-conscious society.
Born 1970 in Uddevalla.
Lives and works in Stockholm.
Konsthögskolan i Malmö/ Malmö Art Academy, Malmö
Arkitektutbildningen. Lunds Tekniska Högskola/ The Programme in Architecture. Lund Institute of Technology, Lund
Konstvetenskap. Göteborgs universitet/ Art History. Göteborg University, Göteborg/Gothenburg
Selected solo exhibitions
The First Minute of the Rest of a Movie, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn [DE]
Invisible Cities, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2004 26th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo [BR]
Selected group exhibitions
Contradicting Architecture, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris [FR]
Delays and Revolutions, Italian Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale, Venedig/Venice [IT]
Manifesta 4. European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Frankfurt [DE]
Invisible Cities (utst.kat./exh. cat.), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2004.
Caroline Corbetta, “Citizens of an invisible city”, Domus# 874, 2004.
Lisa Panting, “Enclosed Space: two films by Jonas Dahlberg”, Northumbria University Fine Art Press, 2003.