Oscar Häggström
About
My work includes VR, Film, Animation and Printmaking in Installations settings. With the common theme of depicting everyday situations by using childlike cartoon imagery. Getting my animations out into the real world in form of installations is a way for me to illustrate this, the blurred boundary between our feelings and the tools we’re using to express them. Because where does the body begin and the technology end, in everyday life? Making the viewer interact with different forms of VR, Projections and Animations gives me the opportunity to explore this.

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Education
2020–2022, MA Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå SE
2017–2020, BFA Valand Academy, Gothenburg SE
2016–2017, Umeå Art school, Umeå SE
2014–2015, Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm SE
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Contact
Credit
Copyright © 2021 Oscar Häggström, unless otherwise noted.
Website design & development by Gustaf Montelius.
Exhibitions
(TBA)
Galleri Alva, Umeå SE
2023
Live is Life
Master's degree show
GSA Gallery, Stockholm SE
2022
Live is Life
Master's degree show
Bildmuseet, Umeå SE
2022
LÆNER MIG ØMT MOD NATTEN
Together with Esra Duzen, Unn Devik, Aske Thiberg, Clara Aldén, Muhammad Shahid, Oda Skaathun and Linda Hærnes.
Tegnerforbundet, Oslo NO
2022
Moment 22
Groupshow
Köttinspektionen, Uppsala SE
2022
Wood (or how I learned to grow)
Galleri 54, Gothenburg
2022
sundae
mcg21xoxo, Matsudo JP
2021
Gothard Part 1: The Source & Gothard Part 2: The Trip
Together with Grälls Johan Kvarnström
Sävar, Malmö, SE
2021
Wood (or how I learned to grow)
Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå, SE
2021
Everything is alright
Galleri Alva, Umeå SE
2021
Assistant for Luleå Biennal: Time on earth
Various places, Luleå SE
2020
Aerosol, Sage, Intent: Unlock
Göteborgs Konstförening, Gothenburg
2020
In Your Interface
Online groupshow
2020
Springshow 2020
Galleri Backlund, Gothenburg SE
2020
Klimax - Out of Body
Detroit Gallery, Stockholm SE
2020
the paranoid is never entirely mistaken
Together with Daniel Gustafsson
Galleri Rotor2, Gothenburg SE
2019
Got it for Cheap
NEVVEN, Gothenburg SE
2019
Portrait Now
Frederiksborg Castle, Frederiksborg DE Ljungbergmuseum, Ljungby SE
2019
Klimax - Rising Action
Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm SE
2019
Now Here - Artistic excursions in Gislaved
Gislaved Konsthall, Gislaved SE
2018
Klimax - Videospace
Kammarkargatan 19, Stockholm SE
2018
Non place
Galleri Rotor2, Gothenburg SE
2017
About
My work includes VR, Film, Animation and Printmaking in Installations settings. With the common theme of depicting everyday situations by using childlike cartoon imagery. Getting my animations out into the real world in form of installations is a way for me to illustrate this, the blurred boundary between our feelings and the tools we’re using to express them. Because where does the body begin and the technology end, in everyday life? Making the viewer interact with different forms of VR, Projections and Animations gives me the opportunity to explore this.

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Education
  • 2020–2022, MA Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå SE
  • 2017–2020, BFA Valand Academy, Gothenburg SE
  • 2016–2017, Umeå Art school, Umeå SE
  • 2014–2015, Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm SE
Contact
Exhibitions
(TBA)
Galleri Alva, Umeå SE
2023
Live is Life
Master's degree show
https://gsa.se/live-is-life-umea-konsthogskola/
GSA Gallery, Stockholm SE
2022
Live is Life
Master's degree show
https://www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en/
Bildmuseet, Umeå SE
2022
LÆNER MIG ØMT MOD NATTEN
Together with Esra Duzen, Unn Devik, Aske Thiberg, Clara Aldén, Muhammad Shahid, Oda Skaathun and Linda Hærnes.
https://www.tegnerforbundet.no/utstillinger/laener-mig-omt-mod-natten
Tegnerforbundet, Oslo NO
2022
Moment 22
Groupshow
http://kottinspektionen.org
Köttinspektionen, Uppsala SE
2022
Wood (or how I learned to grow)
http://www.galleri54.com/sv/utstallning/wood-or-how-i-learned-grow
Galleri 54, Gothenburg
2022
sundae
https://mcg21xoxo.com/sundae
mcg21xoxo, Matsudo JP
2021
Gothard Part 1: The Source & Gothard Part 2: The Trip
Together with Grälls Johan Kvarnström
Sävar, Malmö, SE
2021
Wood (or how I learned to grow)
Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå, SE
2021
Everything is alright
Galleri Alva, Umeå SE
2021
Assistant for Luleå Biennal: Time on earth
https://www.luleabiennial.se/en
Various places, Luleå SE
2020
Aerosol, Sage, Intent: Unlock
http://aerosol.energy
Göteborgs Konstförening, Gothenburg
2020
In Your Interface
Online groupshow
http://www.inyourinterface.online
2020
Springshow 2020
Galleri Backlund, Gothenburg SE
2020
Klimax - Out of Body
Detroit Gallery, Stockholm SE
2020
the paranoid is never entirely mistaken
Together with Daniel Gustafsson
Galleri Rotor2, Gothenburg SE
2019
Got it for Cheap
NEVVEN, Gothenburg SE
2019
Portrait Now
Frederiksborg Castle, Frederiksborg DE Ljungbergmuseum, Ljungby SE
2019
Klimax - Rising Action
Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm SE
2019
Now Here - Artistic excursions in Gislaved
Gislaved Konsthall, Gislaved SE
2018
Klimax - Videospace
Kammarkargatan 19, Stockholm SE
2018
Non place
Galleri Rotor2, Gothenburg SE
2017
Press
Credit
Copyright © 2021 Oscar Häggström, unless otherwise noted.
Website design & development by Gustaf Montelius.
Did you see me yesterday?
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Did you see me yesterday?, 2022

Video installation, animation, video, wood, fabric, cinema chairs

Photographs by Mikael Lundgren & Oscar Häggström

The work is a collage of different films intertwined into a story about identity in a dynamic and increasingly digital world. During the project, I stuck to the term "profilicity", which means that we live in a world where our identities are no longer based on "our true self," but instead, our identities are based on something that can be equated with a personal brand. We constantly shape our identities based on an abstract audience. The term has helped me select my animations and has also become a common thread throughout the film. The video is projected next to dismantled cinema chairs and broken carpets. The cinema chairs are not only a sculptural element in the installation but will also serve as a projection screen for animations depicting blinking staring eyes. With the installation, I want to reinforce the film's plot and that the objects are in some way associated with performance and acting.
Wood (or how I learned to grow)
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Wood (or how I learned to grow), 2021

Nostalgic wood taken from cabin near Östersjön, Animation, Electronic, Steel

Photographs by Desiree Burenstrand

Wood (or how I learned to grow) is an installation inspired by fantasy and rave culture, which deals with themes surrounding meritocracy and the different mindsets it evokes.
fire in me, activity in you
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fire in me, activity in you, 2021

Interactive video installation, motion-capture, wood, electronic

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

Made for the show "no ghosts need apply"
Gothard part 1: The Source & Gothard part 2: The Trip
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Gothard part 1: The Source & Gothard part 2: The Trip, 2021

Paint, Steel, Plastic, Canvas, Animation, Electronics

Photographs by Oscar Häggström & Grälls Johan Kvarnström

A collaborative project between Grälls Johan Kvarnström and Oscar Häggström which merge their two individual artistic practices. The project flows into an exhibition in two parts; first, online, through a 360° tour, showing documentation of a piece made in an empty cabin in the outskirts of Umeå and then a one-day exhibition in Malmö.
PC: "Yo man... I'm tired". NPC: "What's wrong, you can't hang?
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PC: "Yo man... I'm tired". NPC: "What's wrong, you can't hang?, 2020

Animation, Electronic

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

2016 became NPC: Non playable character, a meme used both satirically and apolitical to describe herd mentality among leftists and right-wing sympathizers. The term is taken from video game and role-playing aesthetics and stands for an individual who is pre-programmed and does not think for himself. The concept has been used as an inspiration and method for exploring masculinity. The video installation is a result of various associations linked to the subject.
The Drama of Fake Girl (and Scene)
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The Drama of Fake Girl (and Scene), 2020

Video, sound, animation, electronic, wood

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

The drama of a fake girl (and scene) is about facades, the ones you build against other people, and yourself. Measures that are nothing but constructions and how you use them to edit yourself in a public/private sphere.
Can it be more concrete?
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Can it be more concrete?, 2021

Cellular plastic, Wood, Concrete, Glue, Paper, Plastic flower.

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

Work made for Al Dente sculpture show 2021.
To Live Until You Die
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To Live Until You Die, 2020

Video, Towels, Steel, Xbox 360 parts, electronic

Photographs by Erik Gustafsson & Christoffer Sörqvist

The work is produced for the show AEROSOL, SAGE, INTENT: UNLOCK, being exhibited at Göteborgs Konstförening. Link to website in info.
from your POV
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from your POV, 2020

Animation, Electronic

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

Part of the exhibition "in your interface".
man, I’m peeking through the blinds like it’s no tomorrow, an epilogue
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man, I’m peeking through the blinds like it’s no tomorrow, an epilogue, 2019

Video installation, Wood, Dirt, Falu red paint spraycan.

Photographs by Hendrik Zeitler

Part of the exhibition "the paranoid is never entirely mistaken".
an affected symphony mp4.
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an affected symphony mp4., 2019

Animation, Electronic, Dirt, Wood, Steel

Photographs by Hendrik Zeitler

Part of the exhibition "the paranoid is never entirely never mistaken".
a land is flowing with milk and honey loading...
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a land is flowing with milk and honey loading..., 2019

Video, Electronic, Honey loops, Cardboard

Photographs by Oscar Häggström

Part of the bachelor exhibition in Botanical Garden, Gothenburg.