Artists and Projects


The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art



about the artist

The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art is a multidisciplinary artistduo, formed by Lauren von Gogh and Robyn Cook in 2011. The institute is currently mobile, with a permanent library (the Sober & Lonely Library for Science Fiction, Feminism and Misc – SLLSFFM) housed in a cupboard in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. The institute is an extension of Sober & Lonely’s artistic practice to create a platform of sharing and engagement between like-minded people and organizations, functioning as a space for research and experimentation and hosting artists in residence.

about the residency

The artist duo had a residency during the late autumn of 2015, when they presented an artist talk at IASPIS Kitchen Talk.

The following year, in 2016, they participated in the exhibition Övergångar / Transitions with a proposal of an interactive artists’ (and adventure) book.


Sober & Lonely: The Last Unstitute
Choose Your Own Adventure Book (2016) in collaboration with Dina Segal and Kate Simpson, in the exhibition Övergångar / Transitions.

Botkyrka art collection

The Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art
Crinkle cut chip
Lonely Pomeranian
Graphic prints, 2015

The artworks came into being through a telepathic performance between the artists. For them, telepathy is a way to work aruond barriers of time and space. The drawings were created during the artists’ stay in Residence Botkyrka in 2015.

Installation image from the exhibition Matters of the heart – a journey through the art collection, 2023, Botkyrka konsthall.

collaboration and support

The residency in 2015 was a collaboration between Residence Botkyrka and IASPIS.