Rut Karin Zettergren‘s (Sweden) work often begins as an investigation into historical events or speculations about the future. In recent years, she has been influenced by theories and histories around techno and cyborg feminism, science fiction and the construction of modernity. Her works take the form of drawings, performances, video, spatial installations or online presentations.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Rut Karin intends to examine the relationship between virtual reality and dream reality in order to investigate how technology affects dreams. The work will use methods and images from dream interpretation such as dream drawing, social dreaming and scientific sleep monitoring such as electroencephalograms to create a dream matrix in VR.

Rut Karin often works in groups and collaboration. Since 2007 she has been part of the 0s+1s Collective whose interests include the politics of technology, hierarchical structures and possible disruptions in the context of art practice, and cyberfeminist practices established in the 80’s and how they figure now. Rut Karin is currently working together with the Jamaican dancer Olando Whyte on the project Herring, Iron, Gunpowder, Humans & Sugar that investigates the heritage after the triangular slave trade and how it continues to effect contemporary culture in Sweden and Jamaica. Rut Karin is also a part of the artist gropes Crystal beacon and Osäkerhetsprincipen.

Previous projects have been presented at Mänttä Festival, Sinne, Titanic gallery (FI), Barbican Centre, FACT Centre, Arnolfini (UK) Oberhausen Int. Film Festival, Taiwan Int. Video Art Exhibition (TW), Impakt Festival, Rotterdam Int. Film Festival (NL), Havana Biennale (CU), West Space (AU), Göteborgs Konsthall, Tensta Konsthall and Galleri 54 (SE). In 2019, she received the art award Den tänkande Handen.

With support from

Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee


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