HEJ FROM STOCKHOLM!
It's kind of funny to think that my very first post on this, way way back, was when I thought it would be the last time I'd be in Stockholm. Pops was moving back home to England by the end of the year and we'd have no more excuses to visit and indulge and dream in this winter wonderland. And actually it was summer at that last time so this makes it only my second winter trip over here.
I landed in the afternoon yesterday and took the express train from the airport into the city. It was snowing when I came out of the station. Dumping my things at the hotel and heading out for food. Most of the roads and pavements were covered in grit but it's not enough in some places an especially when you have to walk (struggle) up or down a hill (choice location for my hotel). I looked like an idiot as I walked but whatever, at least I didn't fall. Ok I might have been close to, but I just tried to glide it out. This may or may not have worked.
I walked down to Operabaren to find a cute and cosy restaurant but its interior is completely Art Nouveau and it kind of looked like the inside of some aristocratic gentlemen's club. It's real pretty though. And the price is not as fancy as the place, which is important. And home to some of the best meatballs in town, which is even more important. I ate my fill (practically exerting all my self-control to not lick the gravy off the plate) and took the train to explore another part of town. I may or may not have bought anything at the Acne Archives (!!) before heading back to the hotel for an early night.
Breakfast was super early and then I headed to Fotografiska to see the new exhibitions. It was quiet and pretty much empty, mostly how I'd prefer it to be but there was an exhibition by Charlotte Gyllenhammer which was honestly creepy as fuck and I actually stalled a bit before going in. And then my greatest discovery was from the photographer Jacob Felländer whose pioneer exhibition was called How To Unlock A Portal* and holy moly his work was one of the coolest things I've seen in so long. He takes you on a journey through his relationship between the 2D image and a 3D virtual reality that's borne from the newly developed perspectives he captures through his analogue camera.
* The exhibition reflects Jacob Felländer’s working process, from the analogue photograph to the state-of-the art technology that makes possible the worlds he evokes. Starting from the flat surface of the image Felländer’s photographs comprise multiple sequences of time and numerous geographic locations in the same image. As the photographs expand even more they create a depth into which the viewer can step – a whole new world based on the world as we know it, and the boundary in between is beginning to be erased. It is a breathtaking journey that in many ways has only just begun.
- Pauline Benthede, Exhibition Manager
I got caught up with the virtual reality headsets and, of course, I ignored the chair and the warning it came with that I should really sit down to avoid any "accidents" of instability. Lucky that I was on my own in that room.
It's been one of my favourite places to go to all four times I've been back. And I always find something new to inspire me each time. Every exhibition is so well curated and it's a good size to have enough to see and not be overwhelming or boring. So aside from the meatballs (and, if you've got the credit, Acne) come to Stockholm, if you can, for this too. It will do you good, I promise.