099 // MSN2 / Research / Lars Arrhenius
Lars Arrhenius is an artist based in Stockholm whose serial, graphic installations and animations merge a diagrammatic narrative with a social narrative. In his artwork, Arrhenius often uses pictographs, the kind of stereotypical figures and universal symbols seen on public information signs. With the help of these digital characters he creates an exaggerated view of daily routines, where each individual contributes to keep things going like an anonymous cog in the machine of life.
Arrhenius focuses on the endless activities of urban life and offers a sociological view of the complexity and repetition of human behaviour, not only as a video or just an image, but by considering space and context as well. Here are some examples:
I saw his animation “The street“ during an exhibition in Stuttgart [Pictograms - the loneliness of signs, 4th November 2006 -25th February 2007].