Soundworks in the City

Since 2019, the biennial has started a collaboration with Göteborg konst and Trafikkontoret and invited artists to produce soundworks inspired and informed by the areas that will host train stations in the West Link project.

Until September 2021 three artists will visit the city and produce artworks connected to three areas in rapid transformation under construction: Haga, the Central Station and Korsvägen.

First sound project, by Swedish artist Pia Sandström, was released in autumn 2019 and can be listened to online. Manuel Pelmus is the next artist to be presented as part of the project Sound Works in the City. His work will focus on the Gothenburg Central Station - one of three hubs within the West Link project.

Manuel Pelmuş is an artist with a background in choreography working across different contexts such as exhibitions, theaters and the public space. He often deploys continuous live presence, ongoing actions, within the context of exhibitions, using enactment as a performative strategy, the human body as a medium and the context of specific places and institutions, in order to challenge existing hierarchies and explore the body’s relationship to collective memory and the construction of history.

He has shown in museums and biennials worldwide. Pelmuş was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performing arts and later recognized with the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2014. Together with a group of fellow artists, he participated in establishing the first institution dedicated to contemporary dance in Romania, the National Dance Center Bucharest (CNDB). Manuel Pelmus is currently a research fellow at the Fine Art Academy in Oslo (KHIO). He lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest.

The project is produced by Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg through its agencies Trafikkontoret and Kulturförvaltningen Göteborg Konst, in the frame of Västlänken in the City.

Image: Manuel Pelmus at the Gothenburg Central Station. Photo: Elin Liljeblad