Finding the artworks

The exhibition Extracts from a future history is displayed at Storgatan, Vetenskapens hus, Pontusbadet and Mjölkuddsberget in Luleå. Here you will find information about where, what and when you can visit the four venues. Please note the opening hours, specific for each venue, and don’t forget to download our folder and map.

The exhibition is held from November 15 to December 3, 2017


The installation the ideal and Att använda landskap (Using landscapes)

Where: In two freight containers at the intersection of the streets Storgatan and Smedjegatan
Open: Monday through Saturday 11.00 – 19.00

Artists: Yuri Pattison, Anja Örn and Fanny Carinasdotter

These two artworks approach different aspects of the concept of extraction: the extraction of metal from the Aitik copper mine, and the extraction of digital currency in a Chinese Bitcoin mine.

Vetenskapens Hus

Colocation, time displacement

Where: Storgatan 53
Open: Tuesdays and Saturdays 12.00-13.00, and Fridays 17.00-18.00
Length: 18 minutes, continuous loop.

Artist: Yuri Pattison

Colocation, time displacement (2014) was recorded at the Bahnhof data center in Stockholm, located inside a former bunker meant to be used for secret strategic planning by governmental agencies in case of war, and prepared to withstand a nuclear attack.

The old post office, now Vetenskapens Hus, was erected in 1953. Through the process of industrialization, the post office had become a hub in Swedish society. In the 1950s, the general perception was that the postal service could only be set for continuous expansion, a belief that is mirrored in the building’s futurist architecture. But as the world went digital, the post office was demoted from significant social institution to delivery point for online shopping. By 2008, this shift had become fact and the post office in the beautiful building on Storgatan closed for good.


Mormors händer (1982), Mormor tvättar mamma tittar på (1982), Vattenfalls Tavla (1985) and My Pictures of You (2017)

Where: Bastugatan 6
Monday, 08.30-21.30
Tuesday, 06.30-19.30
Wednesday, 08.30-21.30
Thursday, 08.30-18.00

Friday, 06.30-20.00
Saturday, 09.00-15.30
Sunday, 12.00-17.00

Artists: Eva Stina Sandling och Lisa Tan

The textile Vattenfalls tavla by Eva Stina Sandling shows the Porsi power station in Vuollerim on which construction began in the same year as Pontusbadet opened. The other textiles depict the river further back in time, before the power station, when it was a part of daily life. Taken together, they show society’s changed relationship to the river, from an ensouled lifeline to infrastructure for industrial production.

In the decades after the war, a large number of indoor public baths were built around the country. Pontusbadet was constructed in 1957 and was one of Sweden’s most modern bathhouses of its time. The energy-intensive industries and welfare society that developed in the post-war period were made possible largely because of advancements in hydroelectric power. This large-scale energy production is just as crucial for the profitability of today’s server halls as they are for the mining industry. At Pontusbadet, the artworks by Eva Stina Sandling and Lisa Tan take water as a starting point, though in different ways. Their personal reflections emphasize water as a life-giving element -- on Earth as well as in other parts of the universe.


The Blood of Stars

Where: Torpslingan 36
Open: Monday through Friday 16.00-19.00, Saturday 12.00-16.00

Artist group: Raqs Media Collective

In The Blood of Stars, a site specific installation located inside Mjölkuddsberget, Raqs Media Collective catch starlight in a dying reindeer’s eye, eavesdrop on the logic of extraction inside an iron mine and explore the tunnels of an abandoned subterranean military facility kept warm in preparation for a nuclear winter.

The defense facility deep inside Mjölkuddsberget was completed in the 1950s, just like the other exhibition venues. The space inside the mountain is, however, the opposite of their light-filled, optimistic architecture. Like the former post office Vetenskapens Hus, Mjölkuddsberget was a center of communication, but with the charge of working out of sight and underground in times of war. The facilities were also meant to protect the iron ore ports in Luleå, where the cannons of the Boden fortress couldn’t reach. After the end of the Cold War, the Swedish defense forces were reduced, and the mountain was decommissioned and is no longer owned by the Swedish military. Some of the old communication and readiness equipment remains, however, inside the now ghostlike mountain -- a reminder of a time of intensive preparations for a war that fortunately never came to pass.

Opening hours

Please note that the opening hours differ between venues. The exhibition is held from November 15 – December 3, 2017