residency: AprilJune 2005

Lene Berg (Sweden)

Lene Berg

studied film directing at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm. Since 1999 she has been teaching at film and art schools, including the Art Academy in Stockholm and the Universities for Art and Crafts in Oslo. She works as both an artist and film director. The artist has participated in many exhibitions, including the UKS-Biennal (Oslo, 2001), "Le mois de la photo" / "Projects for a Revolution" (Montreal, 2001), "Uncertain Signs? True Stories" (Badischer Kunstverein, 2002) and "Body is Found Fully Clothed on Bed with Pistol Wound Under Heart" (Gallery Salvador Diaz, Madrid, 2003). Her solo exhibitions have included "Body is Found..." at the Museo San Telmo in San Sebastian and "Paranoia" at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Lene Berg was the recipient of the Elephant Prize at the Nordic Art Biennial Momentum (2000), an IASPIS grant in 2003 and a fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude.


  • Darwin in Warsaw
    • During three-month-long residency at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art the artist worked on Darwin in Warsaw video project. At dusk on 6 October 2005 a huge portrait of Charles Darwin was projected on the facade of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw accompanied with a melody of What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong. Video-portrait of Charles Darwin was created on the basis of last photographs of the scientist which had been taken by his son Leonard in 1878.
    • "My projects often start with some kind of mystery, or with something that seems mysterious or paradoxical to me. I once read that the classical (film) thriller is based on a sense within the main character of being equipped with a map that does not correspond to the landscape in which he or she is moving or trying to make their way. My projects have something in common with the plot of thrillers, as I am attracted to things, events or phenomena, which somehow do not correspond to their generally accepted descriptions or my own image of them. The difference between what is told and what really is, interests me. There will of course always be a discrepancy between what we call reality and the representation of it. The question is not if there is a fiction, but on what it is based, and  to put it very generally  how our forms for representation work. The gaps between what is told and what really is have a certain violence to them: they lead to unknown, unsure, unarticulated areas where the world does not necessarily make sense, or rather where my "patterns of thought" cannot make sense of what I observe and experience. The way I am used to thinking can even become a serious problem. The mysteries I work with could therefore be called mysteries of the mind, or of my mind, as they are created by clashes between how I think (the map) and how the world behaves (the terrain)."
  • Curator
    • Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka
  • Cooperation
    • Ewa Witkowska


  • Partners
    • Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Barco Polska, Komplex, Vatenfall Polska, Embassy of Norway in Warsaw, Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw, Miedzy Nami Cafe, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Robert Bosch Stiftung Stuttgart, Ministry of Science and Culture of Baden-Wirtemberg, Moderna Museet in Stockholm