08–29 June + 18–27 July

Palimpsests & Epithets
Shamica Ruddock

8 June, 2–5pm: opening of Palimpsests & Epithets, a newly commissioned body of work by Shamica Ruddock.

Palimpsests & Epithets draws upon the phenomenon of Dub, both as a musical genre and as materiality. Shamica Ruddock’s sound piece revolves around the notion of the palimpsest—remnants of the old imbued with the new. The work also expands ideas of sonic hauntology, repetition, non-linear temporalities and the metaphysics of presence.

The exhibition continues until 27 July, with a break between 4–13 July.

Shamica Ruddock is a British artist often found working between sound, moving image and musical performances. Her current research concerns sound cultures and Black sonic modalities. Approaching sound as a site for knowledge production, she considers the ways Afro-diasporas emerge through sound. She is particularly interested in how Black technosonic production functions as a form of narrativising and worldmaking.

Currently, Shamica Ruddock has provided a soundscape to the post-national digital pavilion Unseen Guests, arranged by Iniva in tandem with John Akomfrah’s solo exhibition at the British Pavilion in this year’s Venice Biennale. https://unseen-guests.net/

Selected presentations include the Barbican Centre (UK) and Tate Britain (UK). Residencies include Amant Foundation (US), Black Cultural Archives (UK) and QO2 (BE). In 2021 Shamica was a British Library Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow researching Maroon sound cultures.

The exhibition is supported by Region Skåne

Lila-Lee Morrison – Machinic Landscapes: Technology, Art and Environment in an Age of Planetarity

On the final day of the exhibition ghost frequency* we warmly welcome you to a presentation by researcher Lila-Lee Morrison, entitled Machinic Landscapes: Technology, Art and Environment in an Age of Planetarity.

The exhibition opens at 1pm and the presentation begins at 3pm. There will be coffee and pastries on offer.

Lila Lee-Morrison will discuss her current research that delves into the work of contemporary artists who utilize technologies of environmental monitoring to reimagine the genre of landscape. Running counter to scientific and military contexts of technological development, these artists’ practices address the figuring of diverse subjectivities as enmeshed in both technical and environmental processes.

Lila-Lee Morrison is a writer, scholar, and art historian specializing in the visual cultures of machine vision. Her research focuses on the intersection of art and technology, digital culture and the agency of the image. Morrison is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC funded research project Show and Tell: Scientific representation, algorithmically generated visualizations, and evidence across epistemic cultures, at Lund University. She has written the book Portraits of Automated Facial Recognition: On Machinic Ways of Seeing the Face published by Transcript Verlag (2019) and is a 2023 recipient of the Andy Warhol Art Writer’s Grant. She has written for Artforum, Theory, Culture & Society, Media+Environment Journal and forthcoming for the eflux Accumulation series.

skēnē’s programme is supported by Region Skåne

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14.03 – 13.04
Ghost Frequency*
Chiara Ambrosio, Matilda Tjäder w/ Mathias Tang

skēnē gladly invite you to the second exhibition of the year: Ghost Frequency*, presenting new works by Matilda Tjäder, in collaboration with Mathias Tang, alongside Chiara Ambrosio’s film La Frequenza Fantasma [The Ghost Frequency].

The title of Ambrosio’s film, specifically refers to the role that the invention of the telegraph (and the transmission of sound signals) played in spiritualism: a technological advancement allowing to tune into frequencies that, although invisible to the eye, are nevertheless a fundamental aspect of our collective consciousness.

The exhibition asks how the sensorial can be fine tuned so as to pay attention to frequencies beyond the apparent. Matilda Tjäder and Chiara Ambrosio’s work alike elaborates on the role machinic interventions has on sense perception, following the understanding that sound and images, once released, will never decompose but will continue to haunt the ether, inaudible and invisible but an unquestionable trace of lapsed presence.

During the opening evening on the 14th of March, Matilda Tjäder performs Drive. Drive is a performance experienced from the backseat of a car–a vehicle designed to transport its passengers through the shifting landscapes of an outside, that from an inside become the perfectly mute projection canvas for a live-commenting driver.

Screening: 22.03.24, 18:30

skēnē’s exhibition programme is supported by Region Skåne.

Film screening and panel discussion

Biograf Panora, Friisgatan 19 D, Malmö
with Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny, Lisa Nyberg, Benj Gerdes

Spaces of Exception, 2018
Matt Peterson & Malek Rasamny, 90 min, US/Lebanon
English, Diné, Kanien’kéha and Arabic w/ English subtitles

Free of charge but the number of seats is limited.

After the screening a panel discussion with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, and Lisa Nyberg, artist and researcher, moderated by Benjamin Gerdes, will follow.

Profiling the Native American reservation alongside the Palestinian refugee camp, Spaces of Exception was filmed from 2014 to 2017 in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, and South Dakota, and in Lebanon and the West Bank. It is an attempt to understand the significance of the land — its memory and divisions — and the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty.

The event is made possible by funds from Malmö stad’s cultural stipend Öppna Malmö.

25.01 – 24.02 2024
Kah Bee Chow, Ingrid Furre, Joana Pereira and Julia Selin

Opening Thursday 25 January, 18.00–20.00.
The gallery is open Thursdays 16.00–19.00, Fridays and Saturdays 12.00–15.00 and by appointment.

skēnē extends a warm welcome to its forthcoming exhibition Diva Portal, which opens on the 25th of January and continues until the 24th of February. It includes new and existing work by Kah Bee Chow, Ingrid Furre, Joana Pereira and Julia Selin.


The exhibition Diva Portal is loosely based on Aeschylus’ play The Suppliants, where the 50 Danaïde sisters form the chorus and serve as the protagonists

… on the reading thereof in Julia Kristeva’s Strangers to Ourselves, in which the Danaïdes represent the first foreigners

… on an unfinished script revolving around an internet café in Montparnasse called Sexopolis

… on a reworking of Albert Cossery’s novel Laziness in the Fertile Valley

… on what it means to enclose oneself or be enclosed

… on intimate infrastructures that support and sustain.

Saturday 10th of February, 2.30–4pm, a collective rehearsal of Ingrid Furre’s text Laziness in the Fertile Valley will take place in the exhibition.


Kah Bee Chow works with forms of enclosures in relation to animals and the human body, with close attention to particularities of space and site, through sculpture, video and text. She lives and works in Malmö and Penang, Malaysia. Chow received her MFA in 2012 from Malmö Art Academy in Sweden and her BFA in 2004 from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

Ingrid Furre lives and works in Malmö and Finnøy. Previous exhibitions include Konsthal44, Møn, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Hordaland Art Center, Bergen. She has made a playsculpture for Revinge school in Lund and public sculptures for the city of Ystad. Furre has published several books on Flamme Forlag, Oslo, Forlaget Gestus, Copenhagen and Madame Cryptica, Stockholm.

Joana Pereira lives and works in Malmö. She graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon, attended the Independent Study Programme Maumaus in Lisbon and holds a master’s degree in fine arts at Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. In 2019 she was in residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She has exhibited at Malmö Konsthall, Adrogaria, Porto, Alta Art space, Malmö, Lund Konsthall and Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup.

Julia Selin studied at Umeå Art Academy, she lives and works in Malmö. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at Porte, Leipzig, Tara Downs Gallery, NYC, Krognoshuset, Lund, Trollhättans konsthall, Galleri Cora Hillerbrand, Göteborg and Wanås Konst, Knislinge among other places. She is one of the organisers behind Alta Art Space.


Collateral to the exhibition a presentation by Karen Archey, curator at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, revolving around her research project After Institutions will take place on January 27th. Further information below.

27.01 2024
Karen Archey

A warm welcome to an afternoon in the company of Karen Archey, curator and critic, revolving around her book (Floating Opera Press, 2022) and continuing research project After Institutions. Within this framework, Karen Archey examines museums as a troubled, rapidly evolving public space and renews discussions around Institutional Critique. Faced with waning state support, declining revenue, and forced entrepreneurialism, museums have become a threatened public space. Simultaneously, they have assumed the role of institutional arbiter in issues of social justice and accountability. The canon of Institutional Critique has responded to the social embeddedness of art institutions by looking at the inner workings of such organizations. In After Institutions, Karen Archey expands the definition of Institutional Critique to develop a broader understanding of contemporary art’s sociopolitical entanglements, looking beyond what cultural institutions were to what they are and what they might become.

Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She is a 2015 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient for short-form writing. Since joining the Stedelijk Museum in April 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Catherine Christer Hennix, Steffani Jemison, Metahaven, Jeff Preiss, Charlotte Prodger, and Hito Steyerl. She has written numerous catalogue essays and is a contributor to several art publications, including ArtReview and Frieze The talk is organised with support from Malmö stads culture stipend Kulturkraft and in collaboration with IASPIS.

discreet inauguration of skēnē, space for contemporary art.


During My week the serious is barred; no business allowed. Drinking, noise and games and dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping of frenzied hands, an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water—such are the functions over which I preside.

skēnē are very pleased to invite you to its first official celebration, coinciding with the Winter Solstice and the ancient feast of Saturnalia. The festivities mark the first gathering under our own auspices, at skēnē’s physical location Drottninggatan 6C in Malmö.

Screening of Mille Soleils (2013, 45’) by Mati Diop

Reading by Melanie Kitti

A Miscellany by Henning Lundkvist

Music selected by Thomas Bush

Cassata by Claudia Poli

Snacks and drinks upon donations
(all profits go to Asylgruppen Malmö)

Thanks to Signal Center for Contemporary Art, and Anna Sanders Films