Vendela Grundell Photographic Thoughts

Vendela Grundell


I am an art professional in the fields of photography, writing and research. Areas of practical and theoretical expertise include fine art, editorial, academic and commercial production. Based in Stockholm, Sweden where I am currently teaching Art History and pursuing independent art projects. In May 2016, I defended a PhD in Art History at Stockholm University with the thesis “Flow and Friction: On the Tactical Potential of Interfacing with Glitch Art” – a revised and expanded edition was published with Art & Theory in September 2016.

Flow and Friction: On the Tactical Potential of Interfacing with Glitch Art

The revised an expanded edition is available in bookstores such as Hedengrens and Mindepartementet in Stockholm, and at the Gothenburg Art Museum, as well as online at Art & Theory, Adlibris, Bokus, Ginza, and others – or contact me directly!

The original thesis is available through DiVA

The growing flow of digital culture depends on the hidden protocols of its underlying systems. To explore how interfacing shapes spectatorship online, this pioneering study pinpoints experiences of flow through the friction of photo-based glitch art by Phillip Stearns, Rosa Menkman, and Evan Meaney. Homing in on the viewer, these three cross-disciplinary case studies present and analyze material that is new to the art-historical context. In particular, they focus on how glitched artworks in online environments make viewers aware of their own activity within the flow, causing a break from the increasingly naturalized integration of system and individual. When a glitch invites the viewer to try out different positions in relation to the system, a tactical spectatorship unfolds.

Keywords: Glitch, Contemporary Art, Photography, Digital Media, Interface, Internet, Systems Aesthetics, Network Society, Tactics, Phenomenology, Spectatorship, Viewer, Experience, Rosa Menkman, Phillip Stearns, Evan Meaney.

Academic abstract

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January 2017 Interview for an episode on digitalization for the Swedish radio show “Elektroniskt” (P2)
TBA 2017 Research presentation at the photography center CFF
October 2016 Public lecture at Moderna Museet, “Glitchar och glitch-konst. Museet som gränssnitt: Nätverk, flöde och störande konst” (available on Youtube)
October 2016 Article in art/photography journal Verk #4, “Att se annorlunda: Skadade ögon bryter fotografiets vaneseende”

Conference Papers
2016 Photomedia, Helsinki; Poetics of the Algorithm, Liège
2015 Nordik XI, Reykjavik
2014 Art Photography in Media Environments, ECREA, Lisbon
2012 Art and the Senses, Stockholm

Academic Publications
2016 Article in “Art Photography in Media Environments”, Proceedings of the Ecrea conference, Lisbon (forthcoming)
2015 Essay for a book on the dance project “Me – every body” by Olof Persson

2016-2017 Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS) – Nordic Contemporary Art. Impressionism in Paris
2012-2017 Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University – Image, History, Interpretation: Contemporary Art; Photography; Queer & Feminist Perspectives; History of Visual Interpretation. Art History I: Digital Image Practices; Net Art; Video Art; New Visual Technologies; Contemporary Art; Semiotics. Art History II: Interface Photography. Guest lectures at Södertörn University, and Gothenburg University/Valand Academy.

Solo/Group Exhibitions & Performances                    
2007-2008 Untitled at Hedengrens bookstore, Dansportalen and Turteatern
2003 Marks at Galleri Zenit; Bounce at Dansens Hus; Visit at Lidingö City Gallery, the work Skuggan presented in photography journal Fotografisk Tidskrift 3/03
2001 Cityflux at the Italian Institute of Culture, Lidingö City Library 2002

2016 Community Transit, with Amoeba Kollektiv, Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm
2014 Det okända (The unknown), with artist-run pop-up gallery 6T
2013 Participation in a yearbook for Swedish women photographers’ network Brudarna (Brännvidd Publ.) with exhibition in Stockholm, Berlin, London.
2006-2013 Photography Salon at Centrum för fotografi
2008 Selfportraits at Stockholm Photography Fair; Galleri Sjöhästen; Multiples at Hedengrens bookstore
2007 For the Forest at Haneusagi Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2006 Active Artists Alliance, exhibition tour around New York State, USA
2004 Performance Duet for dancer and pianist with choreographer Pontus Lidberg and concert pianist Magnus Svensson at the Dance Museum, Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris, Vara concert hall etc.
2001 Centrum at Lidingö City Gallery
2000-2002 Stockholm Photography Fair, Wasahallen and Planket (GFU/Fotoskolan)
1998 Liquid Room at Röda Sten, Göteborg
1994-1998 Dancer and choreographer in various performance projects

2016 Amoeba Kollektiv – formed together with Hans Malm and David Serinyà Puig after the exhibition Det Okända in 2014
2011 Drawings/book project with artist Danielle Myers.
2007 Book/text project with artist Kahoru Otani

Photographer, writer, project manager etc for private and public assignments since 2000. Articles, printed matter, press material, book and record cover, portraits, visual and performing arts projects. Selected clients: art journals Verk, Konstperspektiv, Omkonst and Konsten; magazines Victor, Scanorama, Danstidningen, Utsikt Världen; news paper Dagens Nyheter; publishing house Wahlström & Widstrand; schools Balettakademien, KTH, Folkuniversitetet. Poetry published in the book Förändring by Tempo Documentary Festival in 2000. Dancer and choreographer 1994-1998.

2010-2011 Administrative Assistant, Department of Art History, Stockholm University
2008-2010 Organizer, shortfilm festival Betting on Shorts
2008 Project Coordinator for film programme, Moderna Museet
2000-2008 Bookstores: Moderna Museet, Hedengrens, Konst-ig, Sweden Bookshop

2012-2016 PhD, Art History, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University
2014 “Phenomenology, Space and the Visual”, PhD course, Franco-Norwegian Centre, Paris
2013 National PhD student seminar in Art History, Lund University. Research visit to New York City
2012 PhD Workshop “Visual Methods and Visual Culture”, Aarhus University
2011 Art History Scholarship, Swedish Institute, Rome (10 weeks)
2010-2012 MA, Aesthetical Disciplines, Stockholm University
2005-2007 BA, Art History, Cultural Studies, Stockholm University. Internship with curator Annika Gunnarsson, Moderna Museet
2000-2002 GFU/Fotoskolan, Folkuniversitetet (Photography school). Photography History, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Internship with photographer Mats Bäcker, Royal Swedish Opera 2001
1987-1999 Graphic Design, Media Production. Swedish Ballet School. Ballet Academy

2014 Yoga teacher training, 200h, Yoga Makes a Difference
Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Teaching Hatha Flow and Hatha Flow Yin at Buddha Spa, Stockholm