WELCOME TO CURIOSUM (former Sliperiet)
In April 2019, Sliperiet changed it´s name to Curiosum and
merged with the science center Umevatoriet. This autumn we will
take the next step. and together with our tenants move into the
renewed premises of Sliperiet at Arts Campus at Umeå
In 2020 Curiosum will open. A new science center, to inspire
young and old with science and technology. We believe curiosity can
change the world.
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Bildmuseet: Ellen Angus explores artist’s role when deprived area is turned into hip
Ellen Angus, a master student at the Academy of Fine
Arts at Umeå university, spent weeks in Softlab to finalize her
master project. You can see her final results, the installation
Keep Calm and Carry on Hackney, at Bildmuseet. If you want to see
her live, she will do a duration performance every day 11-14 May
and 18-21 May between 12:00 and 13:00.
"The installation is about branding, advertising and
consumerism. A feeling of seduction. And underneath it something
darker", says Ellen.
Hackney, a suburb to London, where Ellen Angus lived before
coming to Umeå, has inspired her to her master exam project.
"Hackney was considered the second most deprived area in
England, until 2012, when it underwent drastic changes and was
turned into a hip area. The changing demographic of the place and
my role in the changes interested me", says Ellen.
Ellen has spent weeks in Softlab - an Innovation lab for textile
experimentation, digital fashion and wearable technology - to
finalize a hand tufted carpet for her installation.
"I have been working on a Hackney exorcism carpet in Softlab. I
wanted to capture all these small little rituals, the symbols of
Hackney, that signifies the changes and the hope for fortune. A
feeling of seduction, but underneath it something darker and
nerving. The installation is about branding, advertising and
consumerism", says Ellen.
Her original plan was to order the carpet from a manufacturer,
but then she decided to make it herself, by hand, something she
does not regret.
"I enjoyed working with the material and it fitted much more
into my project, to hand tuft it. The tufting gun I worked with has
a funny feeling of almost drawing. First it was difficult to handle
and then I got an intimate relation with the tool", says Ellen.
"I would love to cooperate with Sliperiet in the future, it was
a great place to work at, because the facilities and the fantastic
support from the Staff at Softlab".
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