Some Things Bind Us Together

Logo NOS

Exhibition with Jaqueline Forzelius and John Huntington that focuses on conflict surfaces and meeting points between individuals and the institutions of society. In her sculptural works, Forzelius focuses on stigmatizing, exclusionary and collective norms, and Huntington investigates the alternative sides of administration and bureaucracy, in various techniques.

The show opens Friday 10th of November 2023, 17.00-20.00 at Galleri Nos, in Tallkrogen in Stockholm, and is up until the 19th of November

The exhibition text is written by culture journalist Jimmy Håkansson, and can be read in full here (In Swedish)

Read more about Galleri Nos

Exhibition at Galleri Box

In my latest exhibition titled “Report from the Twilight Bureaucracy” I am presenting new video, photo and sculptural works.

The Twilight Bureaucracy is a collection of events, objects and experimental strategies that explore the undercurrents of administration and the alternative sides of bureaucracy. The project deals with public employees’ struggle with various administrative systems and presents new safety procedures to combat feelings of powerlessness and ethical stress. The Twilight Bureaucracy proposes a counter-movement – a community of acting public officials who invents various methods and techniques to escape frustration, create sanctuaries, and pour warmth into the spaces in between. The works in the exhibition are small-scale, but simultaneously powerful, ceremonial acts presented in an educational format.

The exhibition is open 29 Sep – 29 Oct at Galleri Box in Gothenburg
Opening on Friday 29 Sep at 17-20.

Image up top: Anna Karin, Personnel Manager, University of Gothenburg
Image below: Installation view at Galleri Box, Photo: Hendrik Zeitler

Installation view at Galleri Box

Information about the exhibition

Twilight Bureaucracy Tutorials

Twilight Bureaucracy

The Twilight Bureaucracy is a series of instructional videos where you can follow me into the alternative sides of administration.

In this channel, we will look into the history of public management, and what kind of objects and techniques have been used by office workers of the past. We will look into present-day administration, how it is performed and executed, and how officials and clerks use loopholes in the system to overcome frustration and alienation. We will look into the future and introduce new rituals and strategies that can be applied by employees of different societal institutions and citizens encountering or interacting with these institutions.

You are welcome to subscribe to the Youtube channel @TwilightBureaucracy

The New New Gothenburg Spirit

The New New Gothenburg Spirit (Den nya nya Göteborgsandan) is a performance work that is based on Göteborg Konsthalls own administrative everyday routines, and highlights the systems and phenomena that pervade a completely ordinary working day in the service of the municipal residents. Small-scale examples from a silent tug-of-war are presented: a sometimes painful wrestling match between judgment and structure that takes place behind the facades of all municipal institutions around in the city districts. These acrobatic maneuvers are intertwined with the city’s tunnel vision on economic growth and the contemporary manic acceleration rate that perforates us citizens on all levels.

In the performance, alternative methods are sought out, new ceremonial tactics expand from the basements of administration, strange measures are developed and leads up to a gloomy ritual a joint exorcism of both new and old ghosts of thought.

Ten employees from the City of Gothenburg participated in the ritual: Matias, Henrik, Mikael, Kajsa, Petra, Jenny, Katarina, Fredrik, Niina and Linda. They where dressed in ceremonial outfits made out of discarded paper and cardboard: leftovers from municipal operations. The participants uphold different positions and are working for various departments of the municipality.

The performance took place to the tunes of Arvsmassan.

More about the event at the website of Göteborg Konsthall

Black Metal Art Bar

As part of Art Week Copenhagen 2023, I am participating in Black Metal Art bar, produced by Live Art Denmark, held at Friisland in Copenhagen. Three separate performance occasions with a new version of The Dark Administrator, and then there is an exhibition up until 30th of June.

More information:

Black metal meets public administration meets German beer!

John Huntington (SE) is accompanied by the apocalyptic sounds by Dödsvarg (SE) in THE DARK ADMINISTRATOR, a performance which demonstrates the darkest rituals of the public administration of the welfare state!

Black’n’Grove band ILLA and Claus Haxholm’s Black Metal project Grev Trold play live outside FRIISLAND.

All events are free of charge.

Lots of cheap German beer!


Saturday June 3rd 2023
18:00 The Dark Administrator (limited access)
19:00 ILLA
19:30 The Dark Administrator (limited access)
20:30 Grev Trold

Sunday June 4th 2023
19:00 The Dark Administrator (limited access)

Tickets for The Dark Administrator at

The first version of The Dark Administrator was coproduced together with Skogen in Gothenburg.

Kanslibyrådagarna 2023

This year’s conference will take place in the five towns of Jönköping, Tranås, Boxholm, Mjölby och Linköping 4-6 May. There are three intensive program items on the agenda, where irrational support structures and an alternative set of measures are being developed.

Welcome to take part in the conference’s activities on Kanslibyråns Instagram account. The conference applies a variable schedule and the program items will be announced gradually. Stay updated on Thursday – Saturday to experience the gathering digitally.

Image: Climb a mountain in shirt and tie (2022)

Instagram: @kanslibyran

Survey of the Fossil Fuel Industry (2021)

Me and artist Ilona Huss Walin mapped the aesthetics and vocabulary of the fossil fuel industry using painting as a medium. The approach in the paintings is playful, no special prior knowledge is required to produce the images. The paintings thus become an accessible way of approaching the issue of the public pension funds problematic shareholding, an issue that concerns us all. We cannot escape the fact that everyone who works becomes a shareholder in the fossil fuel industry.

Survey of the Fossil Fuel Industry was a part of the project “Artists interpret the Public Pension Funds”

Read more about “Artists interpret the Public Pension Funds”

An Inner Journey at 13-festivalen

Kanslibyrån is performing the work “The Phantom Administration – Proposal No. 147: An Inner Journey” at 13festivalen on January 6th 2023. The work is a guided meditation with Kanslibyrån. Participants are taken on a mental journey among the details of everyday life, where our immediate environments are charged with warmth and the workplace becomes a path to enlightenment. The work is in swedish, 20 minutes long and for a maximum of 20 participants.

13festivalen is taking place on Konstepidemin in Gothenburg 5-7 January 2023.

Here you can read the whole program for the festival

The Twilight Bureaucracy

  • Anna, Case Officer, The County Administrative Board

The Twilight Bureaucracy is a collection of events, objects and strategies that explore the undercurrents of bureaucracy and the alternative sides of administration.

The project is based on experiences from professional groups that have clear functions directed towards general citizens: employees in both public and private businesses that in some way provide a community service and where everyday work is characterized by administrative labour. In these occupational groups, certain psychological phenomena recur, such as for example an occupational stress of being responsible for other people’s well-being and powerlessness and alienation in regards to how the system of the institution is designed. The Twilight Bureaucracy describes a counter-movement, a community of acting officials, who invent various strategies and techniques to escape frustration, create sanctuaries, and pour warmth into the spaces in between.

The project is resulting in many different works and series of works where performative, dialogical and image-based practices constantly overlap. For example in performance works such as The Dark Administrator, The New New Gothenburg Spirit and The Potato economy.

The Nothern Office is open

Frihetsförmedlingens local office at Havremagasinet in Boden is activated by the agencys initators Lars Noväng and John Huntington on 11-12 november 2022.

On Friday 11 November we are hosting the workshop “Together we can quit” where we follow a carefully structured and playful method where we develop new methods to stop everything from small-scale everyday habits to institutionalized behavioral patterns, with the overall goal to rid ourselves of constant employment, activity and consumption.

Saturday, 12 November 12.00-15.00 all freedom seekers are welcome to drop by to get a freedom permit issued, evaluate their freedom needs and freedom opportunities, or just meet Frihetsförmedlingens initators to discuss.

Read more about the office in Boden