Carl-Erik Engqvist

Carl-Erik EnqvistArtistic leader
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I am a contemporary artist and Artistic director at HUMlab and Kulturverket, where I mainly work with artistic perspectives on technology which includes teaching, daily routines and other projects.

Since 2006, I have been actively working with complex problems, issues and perspectives related to robotics, nano- and biotechnology and virtual worlds. Related to my own artistic work, the meeting point between spirituality and high technology, both contemporary and speculative, has been of great importance. These different technologies and variety of challenges connected to them have regularly given me the opportunity and motivation to actively collaborate with various people, both within and outside the art world. This human factor is a fundamental reason why I am as an artist is active in HUMlab, where I started in 2009, straight after my graduation from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts.

Another important driving force is to find new ways and platforms for other artists, especially through conveying knowledge about technology and how it is embedded into artistic practice. I have a strong belief in a dialogue about art. This is an opportunity to build new perspectives in the fields that art is usually not connected to. At the same time, it can show that research and technology have a potential to do the same for art.

In my work, I am also driven by a strong love for games and game development, primarily on and for digital platforms. Lately, my work is more and more characterized by investigating and implementing game related projects. I believe, the games' digital multimedia nature has a strong artistic development potential both in project work and teaching.