Konsthall323 celebrates its 10th anniversary

Konsthall323 was founded by Frida Krohn and Ylva Trapp in 2010, and has since hosted a vast number of exhibitions and events. Now the institution is celebrating its ten year anniversary with a group show of former collaborators, and Kanslibyrån is very happy to be counted as one of these.

Other participating artists are Anna Sörenson, Ami Kohara, Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Maria Toll, Elisabeth Frieberg, Ulrika Gomm, Anne-Liis Kogan, Gabi Dao, Cissi Hultman, Karin Backström och Jon Perman.

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Kanslibyrån at Gallery 54

Kanslibyrån is participating with two video works in the exhibition Videorama 1 at Gallery 54 in Gothenburg. We will show documentation of two actions from The Archive of Actions: Action No. 411: Take turns carrying each other, and Action No. 467: Try to stand on your head.

The Visionary Archive at Galleri Se Konst

Kanslibyrån have been Invited to make a digital exhibition on Galleri Se Konst Instagram account for one week, 11 – 17 April 2020. We take the opportunity to show excerpts from our Visionary Archive that have never been shown before.

Translation of image above: Action No. 219: Cook too much soup / Action No. 1042: Take a cab into the forest

Galleri Se Konst on Instagram


John Huntington is a Swedish artist working in a conceptual tradition, expressed through performative, sculptural, textual and immersive art projects. Educated at Konstfack in Stockholm and at the Art Academy in Umeå. Living and working in Gothenburg.

E-mail: info@johnhuntington.se
Phone: +46704741380


  • Frihetskontor Varberg- Foto: Hendrik Zeitler

Frihetsförmedlingen (The Swedish Public Freedom Service), initiated in 2014 in collaboration with artist Lars Noväng, is a self-organized authority, think tank and work of art.

The Swedish Public Freedom Service provides an interactive internet platform as well as temporary offices, where ritualistic and bureaucratic behavior in pursuit of freedom can be performed. 

In this way the Freedom Service offers Swedish citizens a useful alternative to the mandatory search for non-existent or imaginary jobs on today’s shrinking labour market they otherwise are required to perform.

Besides supplying and mediating freedom, the Freedom Service runs a Research & Development Program and also has an obligation to influence the public opinion. 

From 2019 the Swedish Public Freedom Service also has the mandate to oversee and control the level of freedom in Swedish companies and organisations, as well as in public places. 

Link to frihetsformedlingen.se (In Swedish)

Alternative defense measures

The opening of Kanslibyråns solo exhibition on Alingsås konsthall is on Saturday 25 January 10.00-14.00. The show titled Alternativa försvarsåtgärder (Alternative defense measures) displays both new and older works – All centered on the small scale art-activism and enchantment of everyday life that Kanslibyrån have been working with the last twelve years.

Alingsås konsthall


  • The Phantom Administration: Modified pen

Kanslibyrån (≈ The Secretariat Bureau) is an activist group and artistic institution created together with artists Per-Arne Sträng.

Kanslibyrån is fighting a battle in everyday life since 2007, where rationality, obedience and effectiveness are questioned in both private and public spheres. The critique of established norms and customary conventions is central in the work of the bureau – trying to pinpoint situations where resistance is possible through performance works, ritualistic actions and sculptural proposals. Society is mainly built on rationality and obedience; and as a consequence Kanslibyrån is promoting irrationality and defiance as central concepts, claiming that all actions matter and all situations have a subversive and critical potential.

The collaboration have resulted in many different bodies of works where the most persevering project is The Archive of Actions, consisting of several hundreds of actions performed in everyday life settings.

For more information visit Kanslibyråns webpage

The Ministry of Uncertainty

As a response to the workshop “Designing the Parallel Society” that Frihetsförmedlingen held in Minsk in June 2019, Elisabeth Kovtiak has written an article about the thoughts and ideas of the participating group and the founding of the new Ministry of Uncertainty in Belarus.

“The Ministry of Uncertainty is an alternative organization that replicates some technical characteristics of ministries. It will have a website, official agenda and visual identity just as any ministry. Why those? Basically, that is with what citizens can encounter once they are interested in a ministry’s activities. The real activities of ministries in Belarus are quite opaque: hidden behind the bureaucracy. Unlike the ‘real’ ministries, the Ministry of Uncertainty initiates and fosters public discussions that do not aim to come up with a certain solution. This alternative institution is both a criticism of the passivity of a bloated bureaucratic system and the unwillingness of public authorities to take responsibilities. Another function of the Ministry of Uncertainty is to create a meeting place for the citizens where they can discuss the facade stability and an uncertainty and anxiety that exist behind it. “

Participants in the worshop and creators of the Ministry of Uncertainty is Alina Dzeravianka, Elisabeth Kovtiak, Christin Wahlström Eriksson and Sophia Sadovskaya. The workshop was led by Lars Noväng and myself as part of the STATUS Project

Read the whole article: Designing the Parallel Society in Belarus: Adressing the dichotomy of stability and uncertainty by Elisabeth Kovtiak

Logo design by Valentine Duduk


On Friday, November 29 at 18:00, Skymningskonst (Twilight Art) will start at Gallery Cora Hillebrand, Fabriksgatan 48 in Gårda. During the evening, a total of eight experimental acts are given: presentations, performance, sound works and lectures. Together they form a poetic and metaphysical whole: an artistic diversity that is sometimes subtle and friendly but also brutal. Refreshments will be served, welcome!

18.00 – Christin Wahlström: “Att följa den gula tråden”
18.20 – David Price
18. 40 – Anne Marte Overaa & Anna Liljedal: “Pizza-connect”
19.20 – Simon Skuteli: “Den bartleboothska metoden”
19.40 – Kristoffer Svenberg: “I dare you to lick your screen”
20.00 – Sara Nielsen bonde: “Det platsspecifika verkets autonomi”20.40 – Mattias Helleberg: “Norske Høvdingers Samfund”
21.00 – Mikael Goralski: “Zbigniew Spengler, taskspelare”

Curated by Henrik Ekesiöö, Cora Hillebrand och John Huntington
Image from school book, scanned by Erik Betshammar

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With support from Göteborgs stad

New office at Ångpannegatan

The Swedish Public Freedom Service is opening a new temporary office, this time as part of the project Ångpannegatans processer on Backaplan in Gothenburg. The project is a collaboration between local artists, Statens Konstråd and Lundby stadsdelsförvaltning. Come visit us on Saturday 23 November and Mondag 25 November to meet your freedom counselor, get your freedom permit and create an emancipation plan for the coming year.  

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