Idea proposals Chronotopia: Haga and Korsvägen

Experience seven idea proposals for the artistic designs of stations Haga and Korsvägen, a part of the West Link in Gothenburg. Seven artists have submitted proposals on how the station environments can be designed. The two winners (one per station) will be announced in October 2017.

Haga – Four idea proposals

CHRONOPHONIA

Chronophonia is a sound-art piece that unfolds through the whole station of Haga, including the entrance halls, stairways and train platforms. This proposal focuses on the history of music in Gothenburg, and specifically in the area of Haga, which has been a vibrant hub for musicians and composers from 1850s until today.

The audio installation consists of twelve sound sources located throughout the facilities of the station. Each of these twelve sound sources has been arranged by the author(s) of Chronophonia as an abstract interpretation of the work of twelve musicians related to Gothenburg or Haga.

The twelve sources have different durations (ranging between 45 and 60 minutes); therefore, when simultaneously played in loop, they overlap in alternative ways and generate a dynamic and changing musical score. The overall effect is a constant flow of sounds that intertwine harmonically with each other, forming a soft but complex, enveloping atmosphere.

While the selection of these twelve musicians has not yet been defined, it intends to present women and men overarching more than one and a half century, challenging the obsolete distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, and mixing ages and genres such as orchestral compositions, classical music, jazz, rock’n’roll, punk, electronic and experimental music. In this manner, Chronophonia embraces the curatorial theme of Chronotopia and proposes a spatial trip through the musical history of Gothenburg.

CINETOPIA

Cinetopia – History in Motion consists of an artistic intervention which intends to throw light into the processes of construction of history and memory. According to its author(s), the project aims at confronting power inequalities in the production of sources, archives and narratives;, and by looking into the past, it lays claim to the future. The proposal is presented in five parts: The Film, The Portal, The Platform, The Archive and The Guardians.

The Film, shot throughout the construction period, is an act of collective memory, which locates the subway station in a particular time frame and location: the duration of a building process and the surrounding community.

The Portal is a multi-layered montage of wallpaper and photographic light boxes on the temporary wall that closes off the escalator leading down to the second platform.

The Platform is a site-specific installation including acoustic mirrors embedded in rocks broken out of bedrock from excavations on site.

The Archive is an artistic design inscribed into the floor of the central plane that will take its content from the many sites where history is officially produced.

The Guardians are three full figure marble sculptures of children in symbolic positions.

ORNAMENT OF LABOR

Ornament of Labor addresses a central aspect of our economic system, physical labor, which is currently being redefined by the significant development of automation. From the very first stages of construction of the tunnels for Haga train station, the movements of a variety of professionals involved in the process – from architects to engineers and construction workers – will be monitored and tracked. The obtained data will be arranged into a virtual 3D model of the space, gradually taking shape as construction develops and new structures are erected inside.

The final version of this 3D map will be then implemented on the surfaces of the nearly-finished station in carefully crafted sculptures made out of concrete, ceramic, and glass, presenting a segment of this social-economic cycle. The geological sediments present in the Haga area would be connected to the materials used in the reliefs.

The use of traditional materials contrasts with their shaping through recent roboticsrobotic fabrication techniques, thus illustrating the tensions between the past, the present and the future. Methodologically, current motion tracking techniques are quite similar to those developed in the 1910s as a means to optimize industrial production, although the technology has developed immensely. Precisely since technology might evolve significantly in the next decade, the project remains open to the implementation possibilities available at the time of the station opening in 2026.

RAINBOW SERPENT

Rainbow Serpent consists of a snake skeleton measuring more than 320 meters in length that runs through the site where Haga station will be built. The surfaces of the skeleton create an iridescent effect, reflecting the light spectrum in rainbow colors.

The skeleton connects the underground and the surface, with its head situated at the bicycle entrance of the station and its curved shapes traversing the layers of the earth across the facilities. Some parts of the gigantic body can be seen outdoors, on the park, while the largest part lies underground, suspended over the train platforms.

Halfway between an archeological remain and a living sea creature, the creature serpent draws a poetic link between the inside and the outside, the past, the present and the future of an ever-evolving city and society. It accompanies visitors and travelers while, invitingwhile inviting them to reflect on the human perception of time and space through its colossal and somewhat fantastical presence.

Present in most cultures, myths and religions, the snake is a powerful and versatile symbolic animal. It is associated with the notions of change, mutation, and movement. It is also a protective figure. The enlarged skeleton is a piece of architecture in itself and echoes the curves of the station design as well as the shape of trains and railways.

Korsvägen – Three ideas proposals

ETERNAL EMPLOYMENT

Eternal Employment proposes an anti-performance in the middle of the event city. A person is employed at Korsvägen. The position holds no duties or responsibilities, other than that it should be carried out at Korsvägen. Whatever the employee choses to do constitutes the work. The employment contract is full time and of indefinite duration. Should the employee resign or retire, a new employee is recruited.

The station at Korsvägen has a time clock where the employee is expected to check-in and check-out every working day. The clock is connected to the lights above the platform and will turn on a stronger fluorescent light – “working light” – whenever the employee is at work.

In terms of financial feasibility, Eternal Employment is realized through long-term strategic investment of the allocated production budget, which are to be managed by a foundation specifically set up for this purpose. Although almost invisible at first, over time the project has the potential to amass a rich history of rumors, jokes, news or stories, making its way into the oral history of Gothenburg.

Built around the figure of the worker, the proposal addresses the history of labour and connects it to the uncertain developments of the future by addressing the economic conditions of contemporary capitalism. Eternal Employment not only offers a different understanding of work and the worker, but questions the very notions of growth, productivity and progress which are at the core of modernity.

FUTURE SAND

Future Sand proposes an intervention on the floor and wall sections of station Korsvägen. While, at first, these could appear to be natural stone or terrazzo, a closer look reveals a variety of artificial patterns that have been created by mixing different kinds of sand, rocks and glass. Such compositions would merge materials from distant parts of the world, including the sands found on the site where Korsvägen will be built. In doing so, the author(s) intend to echo the movement of human populations across the planet.

In response to the curatorial theme of Chronotopia, this proposal focuses onuses sand as its main element, focusing on the alteration of its natural time and spacetime-space circumstances derived from human imprint. Sand is a material which awakens a reference to geological time scale, but which is today manufactured and dramatically transformed in a matter of hours. Likewise, transporting it from a number of locations across the earth also challenges the contemporary significance of geographic distances.

In terms of future development of the proposal, other kinds of raw material could be potentially considered, such as porcelain or glass, for instance. The possibility of involving citizens in proposing original locations for the sand and other materials is also envisaged.

INFINITY STATION

Infinity Station opens a window between the present and the future of Korsvägen station. Given the significant impact of the construction process, at present it is planned to build two twin tunnels. While one tunnel with two tracks will open to the public in 2026, its twin tunnel will remain empty and closed until the station reaches full capacity and an extension is needed.

Infinity Station proposes an intervention at the platform level, here called Open Station, and makes use as well of the empty tunnel, the Ghost Station. Infinity Station is an illusion created by sets of facing mirrors installed on the platform. An infinite passage appears to unfold from the user’s perspective on the Open Station as they look through the one-way glass into Infinity Station, identical to the Open Station yet devoid of all human activity.

This unusual perspective questions the relation between place and time and creates an illusion of parallel worlds or alternate dimensions. Is Infinity Station a window into a fictitious place in the present or is it a reality that has no exact place in time? Is it a passage, a continuum, or a wormhole, leading to Gothenburg’s future? What will the city be like then? If and when the Ghost Station opens to the public, the artwork will be adapted to the expansion.

Competition 1

Kronotopia: Centralen och Olskroken

The scope of this competition is the Central Station and the area of Olskroken. The artists are entering the project when the new station spaces at Centralen and the railway line and bridges at Olskroken are still at the planning stage.

Competition 2

Kronotopia: Haga och Korsvägen

An international competition about artistic design of stations Haga and Korsvägen. Artists were invited to submit artistic proposals at a time when the facilities were still at the stage of planning.