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Changing Matters (Resilience)



Naturhistoriska riksmuseet
(Natural History Museum)
Frescativägen 40

12 April to 7 September 2008
Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 am to 7 pm


Naturkabinettet (2008) by the Centre of Attention

On the 12 April 2008 in Stockholm, 50 individuals were captured, examined, measured, then ringed and released back to freedom.

If a ringed specimen is found or spotted, the finder should contact the Centre of Attention with the unique ID number printed on the bracelet and details of where and when the specimen was seen, and what condition they were in.

This will allow us to learn more about one individual's trajectory and assemble data related to longevity, survival, migration, feeding behaviour, adaptive capacity and many other aspects. Several sightings will provide a dynamic analysis of his or her social networks, geographical territory and a measure of the specimen's resilience.

It is hoped that this scientific approach of differentiation and isolation of a specimen will shed some light on human behaviour and human interactions in and with the natural environment.

Documentation related to this work is exhibited in Stockholm's Royal Natural History Museum.

The Centre of Attention, April 2008

see images of the work


If spotted contact the Centre of Attention ringing scheme




Further information on the exhibition:

The Resilience Art Exhibition is a joint project of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, through Mejan Labs in Stockholm and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences through the Beijer Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in collaboration with the Resilience Alliance.

The exhibition takes place in connection with the international science and policy conference Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times.

Participating artists:
Gunilla Bandolin/Sverker Sörlin (Swe) Jon Brunberg (Swe), the Center of Attention (Fra/Eng), Olle Cornèer, Christian Hörgren and Martin Lübke (Swe), Todd Gilens (USA), Paul Matosic (Eng), Teemu Mäki (Fin), Tuula Närhinen (Fin), Michael Rodemer (Ty/USA), Etta Säfve (Swe), Angelo Vermeulen (Be) and Christine Ödlund (Swe)

'Resilience for dealing with change

Throughout history human society has shaped the dynamics of nature and at the same time been shaped by this dynamics. The scale and speed of human actions have now expanded into globally interconnected societies embedded in planet Earth processes at all levels, reflected in climatic and environmental changes affecting people and regions worldwide. Social conditions, health, culture, democracy, matters of security, and even survival are interwoven with ecological systems in a grand panorama of regional and worldwide dependency. To what extent are human societies adapting our capacity for learning and foresight to deal with the new global and challenging situation? What is the role of the cultural sphere in this context?

Resilience - the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop - has evolved as a key concept to address such issues. How can we develop capacity to cope with, adapt to and possibly even transform into improved situations in the face of these challenges? Resilience is about dynamic development, how periods of slow and gradual change interplay with periods of rapid and sudden change and how to prepare and respond to such changes. In a resilient society sudden change may lead to new opportunities for development. In a vulnerable society sudden change may be devastating. In what way can the cultural sphere help prepare society to deal with such changes, to revive and regenerate following change and stimulate novelty and innovation for sustainability? The invited artists interpret the notion of resilience, explore and imagine ways for how to take on this major challenge facing human societies.' Curators' statement

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With thanks to Peter Hagdahl and Frida Cornell

Naturhistoriska riksmuseet by the Centre of Attention