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Materia . Messages (in english) • Craft Days 2024

Join us for a seminar where international speakers explore the language of material in art. Featuring Andra Silapétere, Sabine Epple, and Lala de Dios, who will share their insights through lectures. Artist Pitches—brief artistic presentations—will be interspersed throughout. The day concludes with a mingle and a performance by Berith Stennabb. Welcome!

The seminar day will be in English.


The theme ”MATERIA as a MESSENGER” delves into how material communicates, focusing on everyday materials carrying memories. It explores associations and contrasts within objects, emphasizing tactile experiences over verbal communication. There’s a growing interest in material creation, evident in artists’ practices and public engagement with crafts, handmade items, and design. This trend may stem from a response to our digital world or a protest against AI. Ultimately, we communicate through material, employing a silent language.


Andra Silapétere

Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, curator of the Latvian pavillion Venice Biennale 2022

Sabine Epple

Curator of Modern Collections, Museum of Applied Arts Liepzig

Lala de Dios

Art historian, teacher and lecturer on textile art &design, Curator of a number of national and international exhibitions on contemporary textile art/design/craft. Member of the jury of several editions of TXT, Contextile, Art al Vent and the WTA Biennial editions in Costa Rica and Colombia.

Artist Pitches

Short artistic presentations, with the artists:

  • Marilen Rauch
  • Linnea Blomgren
  • Anne-Marie Dehon
  • Annika Andersson


ANOMICHOLISTIC is an alter ego för for the artist Berith Stennabb.


The material flax is chosen with great care. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants and has a history parallel to that of humans. The human being, basically the same now as several thousand years ago; who is carrying the same fears and needs. Flax was thought to have healing properties, as well as cleansing properties and was frequently used in rituals and represented an important quality in different parts of the world. Flax is talking about a human commonality across both geographical and temporal distance.


An artistic project that lives on in various environments, settings and performative work. The word Anomicholistic is a made up word from two existing words – Anomic = Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized + Holistic = Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.


10.30 – 11.00

Welcome! Registration and coffee



11.10 – 12.00

Lecture 1: Sabine Epple

12.00 – 12.20

Artist Pitch 1: Marilen Rauch, 10 min
Artist Pitch 2: Linnea Blomgren, 10 min




Lecture 2: Anda Silapétere


Artist Pitch 3: Anne-Marie Dehon, 10 min
Artist Pitch 4: Annika Andersson, 10 min

15.10 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.20

Lecture 3: Lala de Dios

16.20 -16.45

Moderated discussion with the three invited speakers

16.45 -18.00

Mingle and performance by Berith Stennabb


The seminar is funded by: IASPIS, Kulturrådet and Konstepidemin.

Part of Craft Days 2024

The Biennale Craft Days will take place from May 2nd to May 5th, 2024, with the aim of highlighting, strengthening, and showcasing the field of crafts in the Västra Götaland region. Art halls, galleries, cooperatives, educational institutions, and artist-driven initiatives come together in a rich program featuring exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and much more. The Craft Center is the project owner and coordinates the event in collaboration with Konstepidemin, Textile Museum, Form & Folk, and Not Quite. Craft Days 2024 is realized with support from the City of Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland Region.

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