Monday, February 28, 2022

Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown - Line Skywalker Karlström's Works Through the Prism of Queer and Feminist Art Practices

‘Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown’ is the first comprehensive presentation of the artist Line 

Skywalker Karlström’s work. It documents a practice, that over a period of more than twenty years have been committed to ‘queer feminist world making’ using a performative and embodied approach.

Correspondingly with Skywalker Karlström’s understanding of art as a chaotic  and associative knowledge production, which unfolds as a collaborative and ongoing conversation, their book has become a bastard monograph, which describes an artistic practice through its relationships and its flock.

For the book, Skywalker Karlström has invited a number of colleagues to engage in conversations with them departing from selected works and jointly attempt to expand upon the strengths and qualities of queer and feminist artistic strategies.

In addition to an extensive documentation of works, drawings and ephemera, ‘Holes Dug, Rocks Thrown’ contains a number of inserts with works by other artists, which have informed Skywalker Karlström’s art practice.

Contributions by: Kajsa Dahlberg, Ester Fleckner, Jenny Grönvall, Leif Holmstrand, Fiona McGovern,

Imri Sandström, Jenny Tunedal, Emma Wolf-Haugh and Line Skywalker Karlström

Editors: Line Skywalker Karlström and Johan Norling

Design: Sara Kaaman

Published by Archive Books, Berlin

Order it here

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

It is something it is nothing

It is something it is nothing, 2019,
performance, 30 minutes and installation
in Mellemting Mellem Ting, curated by Heine Klausen,
Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art , Copenhagen.

Photos: Malle Madsen

With support from

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Klubben Vi kommer till varandra tomhänta

Klubben Vi kommer till varandra tomhänta, 2018

Förslag till konstnärlig gestaltning för Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, N-huset, Solna
Material och mått: 'Paljettvägg' av svartlackerade, laserskurna aluminiumcirklar på ramar av rostfritt stål och aluminiumsplattor; varje cirkel; dimension 170 mm, hela ytan; 5700 x 6000 mm, kedja av rostfritt stål; längd 424 mm (varje ögla), dia 44 mm, fotocollage på Aluminiums-Dibond; 5.700 x 6.000 mm och 3.865 x 6.648 mm

The Club We arrive at eachother emptyhanded, 2018
Public art commision, sketch assignment
Materials and measures: 'Sequin wall'; black coated aluminium circles on aluminium frames; each circle; dimensions 170 mm, entire surface; 5.700 x 6.000 mm, chain of stainless steel; each loop; 424 mm, dia 44 mm, photo collage, digital print on Alu Dibond; 5.700 x 6.000 mm and 3.865 x 6.648 mm

Monday, March 12, 2018

Miraculous Thirst - how to get off in days of deprivation, Galway Arts Centre

Miraculous Thirst - how to get off in days of deprivation

Basic Space in association with the Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present Miraculous Thirst, how to get off in days of deprivation by Emma Haugh and Eimear Walshe, curated by Daniel Bermingham.
Miraculous Thirst, is a collaborative encounter between shared practices of queer world making, towards the blossoming of shameless queer desire (thirst). The works perform a repositioning of public space and the private sphere in relation to the non-reproductive pleasures of getting off.
Analogue sites of social sexual pleasure - public toilets/park bushes/nightclubs/bars - are becoming sanitised under the forces of rising rents and the intensification of human capital, transposed into a digital non-place, rubbing up against a reproductive, domestic present, what José Esteban Muñoz calls the “prison house... of the here and now.” Where do we get off? Queer intimacy and desire are becoming regulated actions, their manifestations monitored in both private and public realms. Lives at the intersections of systems of oppression are threatened on the streets, by lovers, in the bedroom and in the bushes. How do we maintain spaces for shared sensual /sexual pleasure and care when personal safety is at risk?
Gloria Anzaldúa claimed herself to be the “Shadow Beast”, a shape-shifting queer body slithering in the cruisy dark.  Miraculous Thirst is a hissing ephemeral moment of queer abundance and potentiality, a horizon in the midst of deprivation, denial, trauma and violence. Through this generative exercise, Miraculous Thirst seeks to activate a colloquialism of queer reclamation, staking ownership to spaces and networks under queer economies of care.
Please join us for an opening celebration and the performance of ‘Sex in Public’ by Emma Haugh, at the Galway Arts Centre, 6 pm, Saturday, 5th May and for a reading by Eimear Walshe 1 pm, Sunday, 6th May. Miraculous Thirst, how to get off in days of deprivation runs until Sunday, 6th June.
how to get off in days of deprivation is a query posed by Kathy Acker.

Eimear Walshe - Eimear presents new sculptural works including ‘Triple Bed’, ‘First Date’, ‘Middle Spoon’, and ‘The Third Person’, a set of proposals for how one might thrive in the face of personal and national sexual trauma. The works cast a side-eye at the coerciveness of coupledom and sexual binarisms, and uses the vernaculars which manifest these forces in furniture and grammar to create a new narrative: an idle fantasy, an unholy union, a humdrum pornography recounted by a Venus in Aquarius through objects, words, and diagrams.

Eimear Walshe makes sculptures, writing and research with a focus on queer theory and feminist epistemology. They are a two-time research fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, where they will next initiate The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies.
Eimear Walshe is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Emma Haugh - Emma presents interconnected new works ‘Flags for Queer Cruising Sites’ and ‘Clothes for Queer Cruisers’ performative, propositional objects, talismans for desire that offer a shifting and connective queer iconography. The works raise questions about the role of social space in shaping identities, the meaning of communal space for marginalised peoples, and the significance of public spaces for social visibility and safety. The works engage queers in collective ephemeral acts of ritualised land and property reclamation developing a shared imagination and re-appropriation of sexual utopias that feed a transformative queer politics, for pleasure, for care, for arsing about, for getting off.
To date ‘Flags for Queer Cruising Sites’ and ‘Clothes for Queer Cruisers’ have been embodied through collaborations with:
Line Skywalker Karlström -
District, Berlin as part of 'Caring for Conflict'-

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Now that you are gone I can finally think of geometry / The stones that I throw are your lack of corners, 2017

Performance in two parts, duration 3 hours, and fabric banners,
gr_und, Berlin, 2017

The dog show, 2017

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Finding the lesbian leak at the Louvre

Performance and slideshow,  30 minutes, 2015.
The deadline for submission has passed, District, Berlin, as part of Project Space Festival Berlin.

Focusing on strategies related to gesture, language, failure, presence and absence, Line Skywalker Karlström’s performative, semi-improvised installations 
emerge from material, historical, spatial and discursive explorations of what it means ‘to think with the body'. On the evening, she contributes a performative presentation of her current research under the working title Finding the Lesbian Leak at the Louvre. Looking for physical gestures, she chooses to name and read as subversive, queer or lesbian, Karlström gathers a subjective archive of photographic details of 16th and 17th century paintings representing female persons. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fists are tools for collective pleasure and fighting

Poster, intervention on wall outside the bar Möbelolfe, Berlin
3/5 - 3/6 - 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fists are tools for collective pleasure and fighting

Photography, part of series, 2015

The distance between the language and my tongue.
The distance between my mother and me.
Empty hands, fists, wrists.
Gestures of resistance and queer desire.
Fists are tools for collective pleasure and fighting.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Failure, Un-doing and the Subversive

Failure, un-doing and the subversive, a conversation on failure as an artistic strategy with Iris Smeds, Ellen Suneson, Jenny Grönvall, Julia Björnberg and Line Skywalker Karlström, Cirkulationscentralen, Malmö November 8 2014. 

My contribution to the seminar was a collective reading of the text In Abscence Bodies Present - Nothing But Cuntemporaries Allowed.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Haus der Naturen der Welt - All good things are wild and free

Text and collage, offset print; 3 x 29,7 x 42 cm, edition 200 ex., colored lense glasses and a performative walk in Tiergarten, Berlin in collaboration with Kajsa Dahlberg.

'Returning To Sender; Ladies Program', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2014.

Monday, May 5, 2014



Text and performative photography, black and white offsett print, 42 x 60 cm, multiple
Installation; plywood, 60 x 184 cm, prints, glue, blanket

in Regibemærkninger, curated by Huskegruppen, Mønstings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark,
April 26 - June 15 2014  

Download text as Pdf here

Produced with support by

Monday, February 17, 2014


Performance, 30 minuter, 2014

Ind i det kollektive organ,
ind i din krop i fragment,
kroppen som en geometri
og et kaotisk tilstand.

Vi er kun til dels kroppe,
resten er af sten og mos,
resten er af metal og pæls
og et begærets arkitektur
- larm af triangler, firkanter og diagonaler.
Jeg har ikke skrevet det her.

Med udgangspunkt i Valie Exports Körperkonfigurationen vil jeg gennemføre en performance, der er en fysisk undersøgelse af kroppen som et flydende, opløst og fragmentariseret tilstand. Jeg bruger kroppen som et materiale på linje med og sammen med andre skulpturale materialer og ønsker at skabe handlinger hvor min krop afviger fra den sociale krops handlinger – det vil sige, fællesskabet. Jeg ønsker at være med og skabe nye fælles drømme hinsides det mulige.

Live Art for Børn, kurateret af Ellen og Henrik Vestergaard Friis
Nikolaj Kunsthal, København


Friday, January 10, 2014

If this seems so clearly the case with grief, it is only because it was already the case with desire.

One can not always choose

Performance, 2013,
duration 50 minutes, materials used in performance include metallic fabric cape, speech written on stack of paper, acrylic based paint marker, roses, pork chops, ribbon, chewing bones for dogs, rope, clock

Within and in response to the exhibition Bodytime, Skovgaardmuseet, Viborg, Denmark

Photo: Cecilie Aase

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HEARTBROKEN MONUMENT (Ache and Then No More Ache)

Heartbroken Monument (Ache and Then No More Ache), 2013

Mixedmedia installation, bambu sticks, fabric, carpet, rabbit fur, ribbons, fringe, plastic bags, salt, photos (xerox copies and digital prints), digital prints of photographies by Claude Cahun, silver tape, spray paint.

in The Dandelion Project, curated by Huskegruppen (Tomas Lagermand Lundme and Peter Brandt) Traneudstillingen, Gentofte, DK

June 15 - August 3 2013