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Art discipline: site-specific performance

Artist: The Non Existent Center runs Ställberg Mine

A few years back, a group of young Swedish artists and thinkers calling themselves The Non-Existent Centre bought an abandoned mine industry and, in it, established a site for work, art and thought in Ljunarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen. Since then, Ställberg´s 28 meter high mining tower forms the iconic beacon for an ongoing society research to the year 2070. The group use different formats such as performance, seminars, international residencies, festivals and exhibitions to raise ethical dilemmas often around money, migration and the power of narratives. The mine is also turned into an interdisciplinary platform for researching the human condition in strongly depopulated rural communities. The critical relationship between rapidly expanding urban conglomerations and shrinking populations in the countryside play a central role in their work, as does the notion of “migration”. Bergslagen and similar rural places are sites where some seek