Anders Bergman is a Swedish artist who has lived and worked primarily in Helsinki since 2000. Bergman's art practice is a journey through diverse fields of installation, painting, music, sounds and social environments – in which he investigates energy across a vast array of forms. He conceives of music and other forms of sound as a sort of "floating architecture", and in turn he often thinks of paintings and installations as "frozen music".

As Bergman writes:

"I am interested in where and how physical and metaphysical energies intersect. In my various investigations over the years, it's at this crossroads of the material and immaterial that I've learned we can powerfully encounter and engage something I refer to as "presence".

"This offers a unique possibility to communicate with other people within a very free-form spiritual context, one where we are able to mix things that are smart, stupid, high, low, sophisticated, etc. – which, taken as a whole, brings meaning to my life.

A central example of Bergman's exploration of this revelatory intersection of the physical and the metaphysical is his long-term investigation of solar power – from both ephemeral and permanent art installations to incorporating solar-energy into his workspace and gallery.

His long running, recently closed Galleri Bergman featured experimental art from diverse artists around the world, and is another significant example of how Bergman routinely works in ways that challenge compartmentalized thinking. By transforming his studio space into a public art gallery, it for six years provided a key space in the Helsinki art scene during a time when centrally located free exhibition space was essentially nonexistent.

Bergman's art can also be understood as an exploration of various processes of organic transformation. Through his diverse observations and discoveries he asserts connections – "universal laws" – between environments as seemingly disparate as (for example) everyday building renovation sites and the vast lava covered landscapes of the Icelandic wilderness. By placing his focus on these organic, ever-evolving processes (both large and small), Bergman encourages his audience to join him on a subtle yet potentially profound journey of deep linking and fresh thinking.

Anders Bergman graduated with an MA degree from The Academy Of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2006. His work has been exhibited in major events, galleries and museums in Helsinki, New York, St. Petersburg and Stockholm.


CV

Anders Bergman


1969Born in Gagnef Municipality, Dalarna, Sweden


Artistic education


1997Fornby folkhögskola, Falun

1998-2000Gerlesborgsskolan, Stockholm

2000-2006Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

Selection of groupexhibitions and events


2006The Degree Show of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Taidehalli 


2007City Sol Festival, New York. A cultural festival for renewable energy
 http://andersbergman.net/works/solarsisu

2007Dialouges, Art biennial in St. Petersburg, Russia


2007Sparkling Design, Performance on closing night, Taidehalli, Helsinki


2008Solarpool. Artistic director of Galleri Bergman's Summer
 project that toured the Nordic countries in 2008 www.solarpool.fi,Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge Sweden, Podium in Oslo


2009Premonitions, Cable Factory, Helsinki


2012A Dance to the music of time, Espoo Cultural Centre

2012Supermarket Art fair, Stockholm (as curator / artist)

2012Seven Samurais, La bas festival, Kiasma, Helsinki

2012Angel Dust II. Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, Mänttä, Finland

2013Aurinkogeneraattori, Porvoo, Finland

2013Art Goes Kapakka, Cafe Piritta, Helsinki

2014Manifestari, Gallery Myymälää2, Helsinki

2015Aurinkogeneraattori, Galleri Jangva, Helsinki

2015Skankaloss festival, Gagnef, Sweden

2015Boutique Art Couture, Gislaveds konsthall, Sweden

Selection of solo exhibitions

2005Angel Dust. Fine Arts Gallery Kasarmikatu, Helsinki


2006Wealth. Mixed media installation at Sturenkatu 2 Helsinki

2006Taalainmaa. Multimedia installation at Uudenmaankatu 23c, Helsinki  


2007Painting and installationTaisto Lindfors, Galleri Bergman, Helsinki


2009Exorcism, Installation/painting exhibition. Bar9, Helsinki


2011ISIS. Multimedia installation at Galleri Bergman, Helsinki


2013Chess Paint Spiderman Fuckup, Galleri Sinne, Helsinki

2013Free your ass and your mind will follow, Love&Money, Helsinki

2014Beaver Pond and Hut for a parallel Universe, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm

2014The Pizzeria at the end of the Universe, Galleri Myymälä2, Helsinki 

Public installations


2008Permanent installation of Solar Sisu The Five Bourughs at  education center The science barge in New York, http://andersbergman.net/works/the-science-barge

2010Hand of God. Installation of sculpture/object at Alt Power's office in New York www.altpower.com

2015Skankaloss music and art festival http://skankaloss.com/2015/

Selection of projects


Galleri Bergman

After completing my Master of Fine Arts in 2006, I was looking for places where I could show my multimedia installation works. It was disappointing to find that galleries in Helsinki had high rents, long  waiting queues and strict hanging-times, something that did not fit my way of working. I then converted my own working studio at Uudenmaankatu 23c to a gallery where I first showed my own work, and then also invited friends and colleagues to exhibit. From its inception in 2007 to it´s ending in 2012, some fifty artists have been exhibiting and participated in various projects. Galleri Bergman was free of charge for the invited artists. In 2009, the gallery was equipped with a solar panel installation on the building's roof.http://andersbergman.net/galleri-bergman

The solar panels provide the led lights in the gallery with electricity and contributes with concrete proposals on how to integrate renewable energy in an urban environment. Galleri Bergman functioned as a platform for a dynamic art-climate and an open discussion. www.galleribergman.net

Solar Sisu


Solar Sisu is a an own innovation and developed musical instrument that is operated by small solar panels. When the incoming rays of the sun hits the solar panel it produced electricity. In this case the converted electricity is converted to sound-waves which are transmitted through a small speaker or through headphones. By shading the panels with their hands the operator control pitch and rhythm. The idea is that both children and adoults easily can understand how solar energy works in practice when this is done in a playful and fun way. Solar Sisu found support within Tieto TULI which is a development consortium for innovation where several of the University of Helsinki are included. Tieto TULI come under TEKES. Solar Sisu has been shown in New York, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Solar Sisu has also become a permanent installation at the education center The Scienece barge in New York http://andersbergman.net/works/solarsisuhttp://andersbergman.net/works/the-science-bargewww.www.solarpool.fi. Techniques and electronic designer for the project has been Gregoire Rousseau. www.rousseau.fi

One Horsepower

Ongoing project where I focus on the energy that surrounds us on a physical as well as on a metaphysical level and on possible connections in-between those. The project has a Nordic-Baltic focus and is set to be finalized in 2016.

Curating


2009Sverigebåten / Ruotsinlaivaa


This was a group exhibition that I organized with the Finnish and Swedish artists in Stockholm at Winterviken, Skulpturens hus. The idea was to highlight the differences and commonalities between our nations which have a very long common history. Then the visual arts in their various forms offer unique opportunities for direct communication, there is also an opportunity and a responsibility to manage our heritage and our future by supporting the communication possibilities. The exhibition was opened by Mark Levengood who spoke on the topic of similarities, differences, and the possibility of communication. The project was a collaboration with artist Jakob Ankarsvärd in Stockholm http://www.galleribergman.net/sverigebaten.html

2012Supermarket Artfair
Here a selection of artists from the galleri bergman was presented at Kulturhuset in Stockholm  http://galleribergman.net/supermarket.html

Publications


2012Catalogue of fifteen artists who has been out at the Galleri Bergman published with the support of The Arts Council of Finland


Music and Performance


IKIHEVONEN


This is an improvisation group that examines the boundary between music, sound and performance. All of our performances are completely improvised and the music we perform mainly have their roots in rock, blues and noise. In January 2009,  we recorded a under the direction of Professor Shinji Kanki at the Sibelius Academy's recording studio in Helsinki www.silakka.fi We performed some fifty performances between 2006-2015 in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Germany and Lithuania. In 2015 we performed at Flow festival in Helsinki


Sakristian

Electro acoustic bluesy folky tunes

www.soundcloud.com/sakristian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmkUWd9OC_o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM5bHDsT24w

www.soundcloud.com/sakristian

Döden talar svenska.

The project was initiated in 2012 when a T-shirt/artwork was designed as advertisement for Galleri Bergman. However the gallery closed down and the T-shirt started to live it´s own life and has developed to an umbrella for a group of artists and musicians with a fabless for fables and poetry http://dodentalarsvenska.com/

Internships and assistance


2004Vito Acconci, New York. Here I participated in Acconci Studios operations run by artist / architect Vito Acconci. Their business consists mainly of creating interactive conditions in public environments such as playgrounds, squares, parks, schoolyards, waitinghalls at train stations and subways etc. www.acconci.com

2004Altpower, New York. Here I participated in the integration of solar panels on buildings. The work was performed at Downtown Manhattan adjacent to The Solaire Project www.altpower.com

2004Christian Wassmann, architect. Here I participated in a larger installation projects at the Brooklyn Music Academy www.christianwassmann.com

2004Robert "Bob" Wilson, director and artist. Here I participated in the set up of the exhibition Wall Street Rising. It was an installation work where Bob Wilson's private art collection was shown in Deutsche Bank's premises at Wall Street, New York


Obtained residences and rewards


2003Academy of Fine Arts residency in Berlin
2004 Academy of Fine Practical Training, New York with Vito Acconci
2007 Consulting aid from Tieto TULI ( TEKES) for the development of innovationSolar Sisu
2008 Nordic Culture Found Scholarship for Solar Pool project
2009 The Arts Council of Finland, grant for solar panel installation at galleri bergman
2009 Cultural Foundation of Finland and Sweden for Curating the exhibition Sverigebåten
2011 Uusimaa Regional Arts Commission for the project Rösten som rum
2012 The Arts Council of Finland for international cultural exchange
2012 Uusimaa Regional Arts Council for the procurement of equipment / renovation

2012The Arts Council of Finland, procurement of equipment / renovation

2012Nordic Culture Point Mobility support, for a study trip to Iceland One Horsepower
2013 Grönqvistska fonden, prize

2013Arts Promotion Center Finland, 1 year working grant One Horsepower

2013Nordic Culture Point Mobility support, for a study trip to Sweden One Horsepower

2013Cultural foundation Finland-Sweden, One Horsepower

2014Svenska kulturfonden, project grant One Horsepower

2015Svenska kultufonden, working grant One Horsepower

Anders Bergman

Minervankatu 4b
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00100 Helsinki

+358 50 5020 369

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www.galleribergman.net 
www.solarpool.fi 
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