Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn draw on consciousness research, folklore, and botany to give form to hidden connections between man, technology, and the biosphere. Their work often brings to mind post-industrial landscapes in which nature and culture, the ancient and the futuristic, individual and environment are inextricably interwoven. The artist duo’s new installation Silken sentience portrays a phantom from the museum’s subconscious in the form of a ravaged biosphere’s mating/destruction dance. It is perhaps only when we acknowledge the apocalypse that we will learn to navigate through the present, and begin to be able to believe in what’s to come.

Ohlsson/Ditt-Cilinn consists of David Ohlsson (b.1985 in Sweden) and Dit-Cilinn (b.1983 in Mora, Sweden). They have worked collaboratively since 2007 and are currently based in Hindås. In their work natural processes merge with conceptual and sculptural gesture. The duo explores subjects as mythology, ecology, spirituality, altered states of consciousness and sexuality.


Silken sentience
270 x 270 x 320 cm
Courtesy the artists


Gothenburg Museum of Natural History


Image: Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn, Silken sentience, 2019. Photo: Hendrik Zeitler