Pål Bylund

Selected works (2007-2015) and updates.


and an artistic statement

In my artistic practice lately, I’ve been exploring performative aspects of unconscious or conscious collective writing/rewriting and how these processes can be reperformed, assembled or documented.

Often, the focal point is text, transformed over time, merged or disconnected. Texts that can be interpreted as/or are databases, collections, wire copy, advertising copy, a correspondence or basically any container of continuously updated texts displaying levels of language distinctly similar to each other.

The subject material, which I explore, possesses significant characteristics, such as; the possibility of it unfolding into a sequence of ongoing events, a projected aura of the non-speculative and the banal.

Concentrating on the act of reading and comparing I’m trying to construct a strategy for comparison. Comparing, not as in juxtaposing the binaries, but as in finding similarities, similar narratives, consensus structures and therefore mistakes, projected desires or dreams. Tracing the movement of texts in system architecture and/or social hierarchies and examining the progression of meaning, i.e. not so much what it means but how it has changed.

Reading, as in me physically reading or software reading on my behalf, reading as in assembling the written/re-written and therefore reperforming or revisiting the writers’ actions and their texts that merged into a dramaturgical line of events.

Born 1980 in Uppsala, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.


2003-2007 MFA at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2002-2003 Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg
2001-2002 Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm

Selected Events:

2012 Lecture, Floating Subjects (until 03.12.2012) at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
2011 Marine Narratives, Slakthusateljéerna, Stockholm
2011 Gudars Skymning på Rosenhill, Stockholm
2009 Die, Die, Die, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Textival at Bez Domny, Gotheburg
2008 Almost perfect cubes, City Museum, Gothenburg
2007 Five minutes to midnight, The Royal Swedish Academy, Stockholm
2007 Sideshow Kaufman, Gallery Mejan, Stockholm
2006 4 Play, Regeringsgatan 30, Stockholm
2004 Spring Show, Gallery Mejan, Stockholm
2004 Geggan, Gallery Titanik, Åbo, Finland
2003 Geggan, Bondegatan 47, Stockholm
2003 Geggan, Soc, Stockholm
2003 Mot allmänheten, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2002 Spring Show, Gallery Rotor 2, Gothenburg
2002 Ingång, Gallery Rotor, Gothenburg
2002 Football – we against them, Vita Havet, Konstfack, Stockholm