"I turn to Astroecology and its Encyclopedia when the weight of the actual world grows heavy, and I need to be surprised, or puzzled, or refreshed." — Ursula K. Le Guin
Johannes Heldén is an artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary works deals with artificial intelligence, ecology, poetry, science fiction, sentience and interactive narrative structures.
Recent projects include New New Hampshire & Clouds (2017, for the Momentum biennial, hybrid installation/publication) and Astroecology (2016) which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall. He has published four music albums, recently Takträdgårdar (OEI) and System (Irrlicht), and seven digital online works of poetry and visual art.
Awards and fellowships include the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles prize in 2014 (for the Evolution project), and the 2015 Åke Andrén Art Prize, in 2007 he received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation grant for young artists, and in 2010 the Kalleberg scholarship from the Swedish Academy. He was awarded the 2018 Iaspis New York Fellowship, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle, CCA Andratx, NKD Norway et al.
His work has recently been shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the 9th Momentum biennial in Moss, Roskilde Festival and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Kunsthall Trondheim, ISEA in Vancouver, Broken Dimanche in Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Inspace in Edinburgh, UB Center for the Arts Buffalo, The Fifth Moscow Biennale, Upfor Portland, The Media Archaelogy Lab/University of Colorado, Volt in Bergen, ICIDS Istanbul, NIMK in Amsterdam, Dome of Visions in Copenhagen, UKS in Oslo among others. Upcoming projects include RIBOCA (The Riga Biennial of Contemporary art) and the Traces of Existence project for The Jewish Museum in Stockholm.
He is based in Stockholm and New York.