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 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


The Third Cerebral Hemisphere

Kanslibyråns exhibition titled “The Third Cerebral Hemisphere” is opening on Galleri 54 in Gothenburg Friday 4 November 2022 at 18.00-21.00

For almost fifteen years, Kanslibyrån (The Secretariat Bureau) has waged a small-scale and persistent struggle in everyday life where society’s ideals of rationality, obedience and efficiency are questioned on both a public and personal level.

“We live in a fragmented and polarized reality where cold and seemingly rational mechanisms such as market forces, bureaucratic processes and social hierarchies shape our surroundings, at the same time as emotion, irrationality and imagination are twisted beyond recognition in a medialized and digitalized reality full of post truths and outrage.”

Here, Kanslibyrån believes that it is important to carefully nurture the irrational and consciously embrace a curious and naive gaze on our surroundings. Everyday interventions, tentative gestures and micro-resistance become a form of mental long-distance training. Kanslibyrån’s organization and collection of various actions constitute a body of ritual protective measures against our current production-oriented and socially divisive paradigm.

At Galleri 54, Kanslibyrån exhibits a large selection of photographs documenting objects and actions as well as text based works. 

At 19.00 on the day of the opening, Kanslibyrån will read from its Program Statement that was published earlier this year. The reading is in Swedish.


For more information see: Galleri 54


Together we can quit

The Swedish Public Freedom Service invites you to the workshop “Together we can quit!” in Jönköping, a practical guide in the art of quitting under the guidance of our newly started unit for termination management.

The demands of our time to constantly start anew, accelerate, consume and in various ways increase growth and speed is creating a climate collapse. At the same time, it prevents society from developing in the direction of greater care, empathy and thoughtfulness.

Learning to quit is therefore necessary. Together we need to rid ourselves of constant employment, activity and consumption.

In the workshop, 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. The workshop is about 90 minutes long and relates to permaculture principle number six “Create no waste”. No pre-registration or preparation is needed. The workshop is part of the project “Jorddyrkare” held at Österängen konsthall.


For more information visit Jordyrkare at Österängen Konsthall


Nationwide working groups

During the spring and summer of 2022, we have summoned more people to Kanslibyråns operations. Now approx. 1200 people, or 0.12 per thousand of Sweden’s population, is a members of one of the bureaus working groups. Each group is assigned a task and consists of about a hundred participants. Membership can be seen as an honorary assignment, a call to action or a break in the daily routine.

Participation is entirely on a voluntary basis, all group members are anonymous and there is no requirement or expectation of feedback or documentation.The purpose of performing each group’s task is to create an opportunity for the participants to get a different view of their own everyday life. The task creates space for irrational kinds of actions that may directly or indirectly affect people in the members’ environment.


Read more at Kanslibyråns website


Performance at Teater Albatross

The Dark Administrator (Svartadministratören) is a performative lecture on bureaucracy and resistance. With the office workplace as a starting point, the work deals with contemporary human beings heavy addiction to systematizing everything in its surroundings.

The work is a collaboration with musician Dödsvarg (Jon Ekström) and was earlier performed at Skogen in Gothenburg. Now the work is presented at Tokalynga Flying Festival in Gunnarp, a pluralistic festival presenting theatre, music, dance, poets, researchers, politicians and more.

The work is performed at Saturday 6th of August.


More information about the festival


The Mission Statement of Kanslibyrån

Programförklaring

Kanslibyråns programförklaring (The Mission Statement of the Secretariat Bureau) is now being launched: a collection of texts and poetic elements that have been produced during two years time. The Mission Statement is structured in twenty-seven individual paragraphs where the bureaus view of society and the world are put into words. A number of methods and strategies for escaping established norms about rationality and efficiency are outlined.

The publication is in Swedish, 60 pages in paperback format.


To read more and order a copy please visit kanslibyran.se


The Dark Administrator at Skogen

The Dark Administrator (Svartadministratören) is a fiery speech, a performative lecture on bureaucracy and resistance. With the office workplace as a starting point, the work deals with contemporary human beings heavy addiction to systematizing everything in its surroundings.

The work is a documentary collage of examples, stories and demonstrations where an everyday frustration linked to feelings of powerlessness and loss of meaning takes place and is given space to unfold. Various forms of ritual protective measures are presented and an alternative professional role slowly emerges from the shadows, accompanied by apocalyptic tones and sounds from the abyss.

John Huntington is a conceptual artist who, with various forms of interventions and claims, questions preconceived notions about everyday life, work environments, public institutions and political spaces. In his practice, he explores the borderland between everyday life and art, between individual and institution, between citizens and society, both by himself and as part of the collaborative projects Kanslibyrån & Frihetsförmedlingen.

As Dödsvarg (Death Wolf) the musician Jon Ekström has created a world dominated by insanity and madness. The sound is inflated under thick layers of paranoid delusions. There are dark tones emanating from a bombastic, raw and cold punk. Jon is also the singer of the band Slutavverkning and was a member of the band Detektivbyrån.

By: John Huntington // Music: Dödsvarg (Jon Ekström)

Image: Institutional corpse paint 1-4


More information and how to book at the Skogen website