author Mara Schiavetti
Visual artist Simon Stålenhag presents us with a parallel universe where the past resembles our possible future. Most of his work is set in a landscape of the 80's and 90's and has seen the decay of the natural world through bioengineering and biomechanics.
Simon Stålenhag’s paintings and stories take place in an alternate version of Sweden in the ’80s and ’90s, primarily in the countryside of Mälaröarna, a string of islands just west of Stockholm, and how this reality came about: the development of the Loop, a large particle accelerator and the side effects of the massive project.
In Stålenhag’s new artbook Things From The Flood, the artist continues the stories of Tales From The Loop, memories of a Nordic childhood infused with strange machines and weird creatures from other dimensions. In Things From The Flood, Stålenhag moves his focus from the 80s to the 90s, the decade of great change when the outside world truly came to Scandinavia. These are tales of the trials of youth, of schoolyard hazings, of first kisses, of finding yourself - and robots.