13 January – 26 February 2023
UKS, Keysers gate 1


Opening: Friday 13 January 2023, 7-10pm
Exhibition: 14 January – 26 February 2023

An open system is porous; its boundaries are permeable by energy and matter. It is in constant exchange with its surroundings; information, myths, capital, ideas, scent, debris and people flow inexhaustibly between and through systems and their environments. The open system cannot exist in a state of equilibrium; its health is wholly dependent on input, process and output.

UKS – Young Artists’ Society presents new works by five young artists. The works respectively present fragments of an online dating site; the foundational myth of the Greek city of Thebes; sculptural repetition; a peek into the lunchbreaks of Korean factory workers; and a space clothed in a miasma of ancient plants. Each work a system of its own, they inhabit UKS’ new headquarters as we open our doors to spark the exchange of energy.



Saturday 18 February: Workshop, reading and conversation with Danae Io and Stathis Gourgouris: On the Poetics & Politics of Myths

Saturday 25 February: #26 MINIBAR: Finissage with Performance


Anna Andersson (b. 1989, SE) lives and works in Malmö. She is a graduate from Malmö Art Academy. Recent exhibitions include the solo show Transitor at Galleri KHM1, Malmö and the duo show Repose with Gabriel Karlsson at Canopy, Malmö (both 2020). Group exhibitions include Exstudents at Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup (2021); I am not one at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2020); Nome d’us at Galleri Shore, Vienna (2019) and Dalby Skulpturpark at Delfi, Malmö (2019).

Miriam Hansen (b. 1988, NO) lives and works in Oslo. She is a graduate of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Recent solo shows include …And Slumber Might Return at Hulias, Oslo (2021). Group exhibitions include Den blinde gartneren at the Sculpture Triennial, Oslo (2021); Sun and Spring in January – Next Generation in Norwegian Contemporary Art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo (2019); Poppositions Off-fair in Brussels (2018); Naked Call Option (2017) and Comfort and Reassurance (2016) both at Podium, Oslo.

Danae Io (b. 1993, GR) lives and works in Rotterdam and Athens. She is a graduate from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recent group shows, performances, and screenings include I am inside who I was at PuntWG, Amsterdam (2022); In the current of the situation at Kunstverein, Amsterdam (2018); and Micro-Composition at Reykjavík International Film Festival, Reykjavík (2017). Io is part of the research collective System of Systems and co-organizes the research initiative Schemas of Uncertainty. Her writing has been published by Sternberg Press, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, and Contra Journal.

Yujin Jung (b. 1988, KR) lives and works in Copenhagen. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Her most recent solo exhibition was Seeders – Intervals at Cantina, Aarhus (2022). Group shows include …Come here, I want to see you at Canopy, Malmö (2021), and Three sound installations (2020) and Performative Sound Sculptures #2 (2018) both at Mayhem, Copenhagen.

Alice Slyngstad (b. 1990, NO) lives and works in Sykkylven and Rotterdam. They are a graduate of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include GOODIE BAGS at Degentrificeringskontoret, Stockholm; Palmera, Bergen and at HetHEM, Zaandam (all 2021). Their performances have been shown at venues and festivals such as Bodø Biennale, Bodø (2020); EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2020); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2020); Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2019); and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2017).



— News article in Kunstkritikk (online journal)
Unge Kunstneres Samfund gjenåpner i nye lokaler, Kunstkritikk, 13.01.2023

— Review in Kunstavisen (online journal)
Få våren på!, Kunstavisen, 19.01.2023

— Review in Aftenposten (newspaper / pay wall)
Unge Kunstneres Samfunds åpningsutstilling fremstår litt uferdig, Aftenposten, 22.01.2023

— Review in Tidens Ånd (online journal / pay wall)
«Åpne systemer» staker ut UKS’ nye kursTidens Ånd, 24.01.2023

— Review in Klassekampen (newspaper / pay wall)
Ingen tid for hvile, Klassekampen, 25.01.2023


Main image: Miriam Hansen, “It’s (just) us” at BABEL visningsrom for kunst, Trondheim, 2022. Photo by Susann Jamtøy / BABEL.

Download the “OPEN SYSTEMS" exhibition text

Images by artists included in OPEN SYSTEMS

Images from the opening of “OPEN SYSTEMS” at UKS. Photo by Julie Hrnčířová.

Installation views of “OPEN SYSTEMS: Alice Slyngstad, Anna Andersson, Danae Io, Miriam Hansen and Yujin Jung” at UKS. Photo by Vegard Kleven.

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