Victor Marx (1983) is visual artist and architect who lives and works in Stockholm. He works with contemporary social themes that he incorporates into his urban interventions/projects. The scale of his work is somewhere between architectural and more sculptural forms using elements of performance, social interaction and participation.
His work transcends several fields of cultural/art production with main focus on social and urban solutions in Swedish context. However, his themes have a much broader character and more of a global importance, dealing with topics such as changes of current social fabric, multicultural identity, art and cultural activities within economically defined environment and their independence, DIY architecture and architecture in the margins, regeneration of unused public spaces, or renewal of local social interaction etc.
Victor Marx’s work is frequently mentioned in Swedish media because of its connection to ongoing heated public debate on Sweden’s future and future of public/street art.
Victor was one the founders of Cyklopen, an independent culture house in Stockholm, of which he was also the architect. Cyklopen gained its firm position in Stockholm’s contemporary cultural/art scene for its community oriented approach and differentiation away from the traditional and official cultural/art institutions, often limited by their hierarchical and bureaucratic nature and rigid organizational methods. Cyklopen is situated in Stockholm suburbs, the melting-and-meeting pot of various cultures (Eastern European, Middle Eastern…) where future Sweden is just taking shape.
Work of Victor Marx is currently documented by Martina Iverus for the new art program ARTityd (Swedish TV 1).
Accommodation Tower (2008, under Liljeholmen Bridge, Stockholm)
Vitrin Gallery (2008, Masmo subway station, Stockholm)
Cyklopen Independent Culture House no.2 (2013, Högdalen, Stockholm)
„How to conduct critical dialogue“ – lecture and presentation, performance
Lecture about the ways artist (art) can participate in processes of society change and obstructions to it.
Art as tool to democracy? (South East Asia)
Limits of artistic freedom – paradoxes of engaged art practices, question of ethics, visuality, political adherence and institutionalization.
Market ideology, Internet society and problems of cooperation, communication, organization, identity.
Screening (presentation) of several works by artists challenging power institutions, public discourses or dealing with community problems:
actions of Voina art group and its paradoxes versus other Russian engaged art collectives and civic movements
Nongkran Panmongkol: EUBeef (performance), Status Up (video)
Keiko Sei and her application of artistic knowledge in community struggle for democracy and common rights
Victor Marx – temporary architecture, squatting in Sweden (Kulturkampanjen, Ultra Huset) in relation to artistic engagement in consensus society
Symbols of Power from Tallin