Cha Blasco, Max Ockborn, Patrik Bengtsson, & Dance Remainings
Javier ‘Cha’ Blasco Martos was born in 1981 in Spain. He is a multidisciplinary artist based in Gothenburg. His sound installations stimulate reflection on cultural heritage and climate challenges. With a passionate interest in spatial sonic research, programming, and data sonification, Blasco expands the boundaries of art. His work is holistic, aiming to forge a deeper connection between the artist and the natural world, where he views himself as part of nature rather than merely an observer.
Blasco has performed extensively at various international venues, such as the Arter Museum in Istanbul, and in cities such as Querétaro, Newcastle and Oslo. As a musician and producer he collaborated with the artists Pat Mastelotto and Adrian Benavides, among others. Blasco leads the non-profit study group Kreativ Data at the art platform Skogen in Gothenburg.
Max Ockborn was born in 1983 and lives and works in Malmö. His works question life and existence, and ways of interpersonal communication. Ockborn puts stories and assembled objects to use, creating human-sized sculptures, paintings, and video works that exist in symbiosis with each other.
His works have been shown at Malmö Konstmuseum, Skissernas Museum, Ravinen Kulturhus, Gislaveds Konsthall, Fullersta Gård, Galerie Leger, Alta Artspace, Bonniers Konsthall, IASPIS, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Lumiar Cité. Ockborn was awarded Barbro and Holger Bäckström’s Scholarship in 2022. His public works are exhibited at Selma Lagerlöf’s square in Gothenburg, and in Bredäng, Stockholm.
Patrik Bengtsson was born in 1978 in Gislaved, Sweden, and lives and works in Gothenburg. His artistic practice is grounded in storytelling, and he uses language embroidered with allegory and symbolism to address the human relationship to time and space. Themes are drawn from art history, science and popular culture, with the intention of helping artists question the past and present simultaneously.
Bengtsson completed his master’s degree at the Valand Academy in 2005 and has exhibited at various venues including Galleri Thomassen and Galleri Mors Mössa, Göteborgs Konsthall, Alingsås Konsthall, Kiruna City Hall, Vandalorum, and Bonniers Konsthall. He has carried out public works for Värnamo Hospital and Jubileumsparken in Gothenburg.
Dance Remainings is an artistic duo founded in 2017 and based in Gothenburg. The duo consists of Jonny Berg from Sweden and Sebastian Ruiz Bartilson from Chile, both dancers and performance artists. They are interested in the dialogue between ritual and contemporary performance and dance, and the continuous exploration of ceremonies.
Dance Remainings has developed various dance and performance projects for the stage and site-specific works such as HUMANOGRAPHY (2019–2023). Their cross-disciplinary practice brings dance to the public space through live interventions, workshops and community-based projects. Dance Remainings is also a platform for freelance dance artists.