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.