THE LOWER WORLD PROJECT

curiosity cabinet
curiosity cabinet

The Lower World content a myriad of sculptures, paintings, art objects, photo, video, such as when a long-distance traveler returns home and shows the findings collected during the journey. In The Lower World Project Torsten Jurell processes his impressions from Bejing: the language of the street, archaeological finds and the exciting contemporary art of China. As a journey in time, the imagination and the geographical journey through the Earth become the book:  The Love-Quest of The Cockroach Girl.


The Messanger, Chessnut wood, 2007. It was through this sculpture that the whole "Lower World Project" got its character
The Messanger, Chessnut wood, 2007. It was through this sculpture that the whole "Lower World Project" got its character

"Listening to the news on my way to Kallax Airport, I hear that scientists have discovered a community of bacteria deep below the surface of the Earth.
The bacteria have clearly existed there for eons - totally unknown to us.
I don't know how the scientists have reasoned, but I presume the bacteria once burrowed their way down deep into the Earth, firmly convinced that they would find something.
But could they have any idea of what they would find?...
...Then, in the car on the way to Kallax, as the news item about the bacteria drew to a close, the reporter rounded off with the words, 'So, that's today's good news from the World Below!' 'Yes,' I thought. 'That's it! Good News from the World Below.'"
Guards (In The Lower World) Sculptures in patinated bronze, glass and copper
Guards (In The Lower World) Sculptures in patinated bronze, glass and copper
Guard (In The Lower World) Sculpture in glass and copper
Guard (In The Lower World) Sculpture in glass and copper
Dragon roots
Dragon roots

"Early one morning Zhang Xuejiao returned with two more photographers, Liu Aiguo and Li Jun, and we all drove to Sanchazi, where the Great Wall of China is known as 'The Dragon's Back'. There, high above us, wreathed in mist on the hilltops snaked the back of the dragon. It was quite a struggle to make our way to the summit, but when we got there we called out with sheer exhilaration across the dizzying heights. As the echoes of our voices faded among the clouds I noticed a root beside my feet - a Dragon Root."

Text: Good News from The Lower World

一 天的大清早,张雪蛟和另外两名摄影师--刘爱国和李骏--就来了。然后我们一起驾车到三岔子。这儿的长城俗称"龙背"。这里,龙的脊背环绕盘旋在高高的山 上,蜿蜒曲折。爬到 山顶的确颇费气力,到达山顶时,我们在高处大声呼唤着,欢声笑语洋溢在山中。随着我们的回声在云中渐渐消退,我看到自己脚边有一块树根--龙之根.

Poster: Calling the Lower World. Tang Ziyan 唐子砚 with invitation card.  2008.
Poster: Calling the Lower World. Tang Ziyan 唐子砚 with invitation card. 2008.
Book TUB-3, made for a print exhibition in Korea 2011
Book TUB-3, made for a print exhibition in Korea 2011
Ongoing work with potato print in the studio in Caochangdi, Beijing 2011
Ongoing work with potato print in the studio in Caochangdi, Beijing 2011

Parts of The Lower-World Project

TUB 3

a book about the subway line made by potatoe prints

Exhibitions in the Lower World-projcect:

Museum of Far Eastern Antiquties

Good News from the Lower World,  Stockholm 2010

Röhsska Museum

Beyond the Lower World,  Gothenburg 2011-12.


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