Caroline Byström was born in Taegu, South Korea. She grew up in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden and works as a choreographer, performer and dancer based in Stockholm since 2012. Her workings take on their expression in indeterminable certainties as art objects. And rather than developing a coherent artistry she works on developing and exploring a new approach in each project which takes its expression in various forms. In the two-part work R e, o r i (e) n (t), a t i o n she researched the staging of inbetweenship, tools for displacement and the production of what she named stagers or generators of atmospheres in choreography. In her work Haligh/A Lie the project’s starting point was to examine what and who the dancing body have listened to and listens to. She is educated in Copenhagen, Salzburg (SEAD), Gießen (Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft), Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Stockholm University and at the Master programme in Choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts.
Caroline has no webpage. If you wish to see her work please contact Caroline for audio-/video links.
WHAT DOES THE SITE RESIDENCY ENABLE YOU TO DO?
The residency offering the possibility for continuity throughout the coming year had a very good timing. Amongst other things, I am working on a solo this autumn and the beginning of next year on an invitation and in an asymmetrical relation. This is very exciting to think around, and I hope that opening up the work to my colleagues here and sharing knowledge both on an organizational and an artistic level will enable me first and foremost to learn a lot. But also to inaugurate the construction of a model of production that integrates into my artistic work.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT?
Through an engagement with mass mediated representations my coming work MIRAGE (work title) investigates when the dance can evoke a parallel body-economy, an imaginarum of possible stagings and adaptations through the body as filter and filtering. Mass mediated technology (tools, devices, forms of organization) changes our ability to think and conditions our thinking (the what if:s and as if:s). I am looking much forward to this research and rehearsal period as well as the byproducts that will come out.
More than that I am anticipating a dense winter with my colleagues in Weld company which I have been a part of since autumn 2014 and will perform in a new piece by choreographer Lingserius in early autumn.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO FURTHER DEVELOP DURING YOUR RESIDENCY AT SITE?
It is important to me to find alternative models of production and not copypasting existing values and production-models of the market. Therefore I want to develop a sustainable structure that aside from supporting the artistic work also enables good working conditions for the people that I collaborate with, for me, and for the field. I see this as a longterm, ongoing work where I hope SITE as a platform can function as a supportive seat.
The residency aims to enable artistic and organizational development, through free access to office space and studio time as well as counselling. Please contact Anne-Sofie Ericsson for more information.