Working with a variety of media, Johannes Heldén explores subjects like ecology, evolution, sentience and artificial intelligence. Often set in a near future, Heldén’s fictional worlds are created by means of images, animation, text and music, combined in site specific installations, performances and digital works. In a fashion similar to that of science fiction, Heldén invites the viewers to interact and explore the worlds, making them co-creators. In these carefully depicted settings, which resemble the real world in an eerie way, Heldén makes us aware of our own perception and concept of nature, and the impact we have on the planet today.
Johannes Heldén is currently the IASPIS artist-in-residence at ISCP, New York (2018/19). In addition, he was part of Momentum 9, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017 in Moss, Norway, with a new series of work called New New Hampshire. He recently had solo shows at Konstakademien in Stockholm and at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. Heldén’s first exhibition at the gallery is scheduled for the spring of 2019.
Johannes Heldén (b. 1978) holds an MFA from Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg (1999-2004). He was the recipient of the Åke Andrén Art Prize in 2015 and the project Evolution (in collaboration with Håkan Jonson) won the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles prize in 2014. Heldén has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, and is represented in the collections of Malmö Art Museum, Borås Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden, and Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle among others. Heldén has published 16 books, for example Astroecology in 2016, which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. In addition, he has published four music albums and seven digital online works of poetry and visual art.