Kosmologiska pilar / Cosmological Arrows for Bonniers konsthall

Bonniers Konsthall’s exhibition Cosmological Arrows (2019) featured a group of contemporary artists who use science fiction and space to pose fundamental questions about humankind’s existence and how we treat the world we live in: “When we locate a thought in outer space, our given concepts of time and space are overturned. This exhibition and publication wishes to be a springboard for artistic ideas and visions that challenge our usual way of seeing the world, perhaps also suggesting new approaches on how to understand it. These thoughts permeate the artworks and texts presented in Cosmological Arrows where space and the science fiction genre are an imaginary laboratory that becomes the point of departure for discussions regarding the ethical, moral and existential dilemmas of our times. The title is loosely borrowed from the book A Brief History of Time (1988) by Stephen Hawking.” 

The book contains texts by Caroline Elgh Klingborg, Jerry Määttä, Mahan Moalemi, and Cecilia Åsberg, as well as short stories by Aleksandr Bogdanov, Ted Chiang, Alice B. Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr., and Karin Tidbeck, and documentation of artworks by Allora & Calzadilla, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Lee Bul, Debora Elgeholm, Johannes Heldén, Anna Hoetjes, Jone Kvie, Lawrence Lek, Caroline Mesquita, Brittany Nelson, Lea Porsager, Larissa Sansour, and Arseny Zhilyaev & Asya Volodina. 

We worked with the darkness of deep space on the inside of the book and a more seductive side of science fiction on the outside. We hid five references to well-known science fiction films and literature. One of them was to put the six chapters in the following order: IV, V, VI, I, II, III. ArtandTheoryPublishing


Concept and design: Sandra Praun & Oscar Guermouche

Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall

Art and Theory Publishing

Editing: Caroline Elgh Klingborg, Jerry Määttä

Texts: Magnus af Petersens, Caroline Elgh Klingborg, Jerry Määttä, Cecilia Åsberg, Mahan Moalemi


20 cm x 25.5 cm

184 pages

Printed at Rotolito / Nava Press

ISBN: 978-91-88031-82-2