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Husby2008-Ongoing

Works in Husby 2008-Ongoing

Part of my practice has been located in the district of Husby in northern Stockholm since 2008 where the projects are nomadic hybrid-organisms for collaboration. Working in a place is a way of being part of the place and this participation is a way of investigating society through practice. The practice in Husby follows the transformation of a district for several years, in different projects  where the realm of politics materialized in urban space. The work are both research and practice and consist mostly of site-specific work in public space in collaboration and individually mostly working with local youth organizations but also as organizer of seminars on urban planning and teaching. For example course on public art in urban development at the Royal Institute of Arts.  In 2008 i co-founded Kista Theatre and worked with them until 2011. Kista Theatre is was a platform for working with culture as an alternative infrastructure.

Husby was one of the last large residential areas built during the building boom of the 1960s and 70s.  On the basis of lessons learned from previously built districts, the buildings in Husby were adapted to the surrounding landscape. They were 5-storey houses with small inner courtyards and colourful façades; blue, yellow, red and green composed the base colours, which were combined with coloured details on balconies and doors. The unique character of the district is largely due to the strong façade colours.

Husby is in desperate need of renovation. However, the controversial structural plan for Husby has been put on ice because of the residents’ protests. Conflicts between the housing company, the local authorities and the residents seem never ending. The driving forces behind the renovations are formed by a complex interplay between the economic/political powers and the social structures which determine the place and identity of Husby residents in relation to the rest of the city.

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Impressionism-Activism

2013-2014

Impressionism-Activism:

Aesthetics, ideology and power relations in the renovation of Husby

Together with invited artists, professionals and amateurs, a collective piece, an artistic documentation and an investigation of the processes involved in the renovation of Husby in north Stockholm is conducted. The changing of the facades  from a wide range of colours in the style of the 1970s, to a contemporary sea-side white/blonde aesthetic is a symptom of changes in the economic, political and social structure. The project will examine, through studies and documentations of the colour scheme and examinations of the planning process, the processes of decision-making that lies behind this change. An architecture, a period of time and an urban development process will be depicted. Using the colour scheme as a point of departure, we will investigate how politics, ideology and aesthetics meld together and become visible in the renovation process. How can the presence of the body and the meaning of an action be part of the communication and decision-making processes that compose urban development?


An act/slow activism, which lies slightly to one side of the obvious goal for communication, can create an open space, where more complex discussions can occur.  In 2012 I made Husby 2012, a poster, where the façade colours formed a circle, a kind of logotype. The poster was put up and distributed in Husby. The current project concerns colour experienced in a space rather than measured NCS colours. The impressionists’ decision to leave their studios and paint “reality”, while at the same time emphasizing their subjective impressions, was at the time a radical political choice in a period pervaded by a rational scientific point of view.


Husby was one of the last large residential areas built during the building boom of the 1960s and 70s.  On the basis of lessons learned from previously built districts, the buildings in Husby were adapted to the surrounding landscape. They were 5-storey houses with small inner courtyards and colourful façades; blue, yellow, red and green composed the base colours, which were combined with coloured details on balconies and doors. The unique character of the district is largely due to the strong façade colours.


Husby is now in desperate need of renovation. However, the controversial structural plan for Husby has been put on ice because of the residents’ protests. Conflicts between the housing company, the local authorities and the residents seem never ending.  The City Museum, the Beauty Council (Advisory council on aesthetics) and the city planning department all think that the facades should be preserved. However, I see how the facades are changing, becoming white, grey, light green, and furnished with wooden panels and glassed-in balconies.  The driving forces behind the renovations are formed by a complex interplay between the economic/political powers and the social structures which determine the place and identity of Husby residents in relation to the rest of the city. How does one feel when one hears, year after year that one lives in an ugly, inhospitable and problematic dwelling? What lies behind the decision to remove the original colours? Are the expensive renovations meant to show decision-making prowess? Do the decision-makers wish to compensate for deficiencies in the social services and for the closure of association premises and public services? Can one change a social reality by changing its image?

An architecture, a period of time and an urban development process will be depicted. The project is made in collaboration with artist Eva Arnqvist, Filippa Arrias and Lisa Torell. Researcher in urban planning Göran Cars KTH, Love Ekenberg (Department of Computer and System Sciences) and Karin Hansson (Phd Royal Institute of Arts and  DSV).

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Husby 2012

Performing the Common,  Stockholm 2012

http://performingthecommon.se

Form in collaboration with Bodil Gustafsson Fürst

Husby 2012 a poster with a color wheel composed by the colors of Husbys facades since the time it was built in 1972-76. Behind the color wheel is a pattern taken from the city plan of Husby made ​​by a black and white picture of a facade of Trondheimsgatan 26th

The colored facades in Husby was a reaction against the “municipal grey” that dominated new constructions since the 1950s. The different communal real estate companies got different colors. HSB areas became red, Svenska Bostäder area have main colors in division of blue, green, yellow and red in different shades with the addition of color accents.

The vision was the small-scale village and the kind of community it creates but in an urban context. Husby’s structure is a space modeled to produce an intimate shared space where shopping or rallies is not the primary expression of public life, a place that invites you to form other activities. Instead of the so called ‘problematic million program’ that is debated in city planning Husby should be a model and an alternative for urban planning and public life.

Performances, Dialogues & Affirmations – dealing with art as a method of working with location and urbanity.

25/8 Husby Konsthall, 26/8 Moderna Museet 2012

Seminars for exhibition Performing the Common, An exhibition on public spaces,private networks and the art of organizing collective meaning.

Lecture and discussion with sociologist Catharina Thörn and Megafonen an activist organization from Husby at Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm.

The lecture was part of the course Research, Space and Spectacle. Organized in collaboration with Åsa Andersson Broms. The course deals with political and artistic discourses and strategies working in public space and in processes in urban planning, as well as current research in sociology, architecture and art

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Antigone scen 1-12

In cooperation with Kista Theatre,

Site-specific public temporary sculptures connected to and based on the drama Antigone, placed in twelve different sites in Husby , Stockholm.

Premier 29/4 2011

For more info go to  www.kistateater.com

With support from konstnärsnämnden

www.konstnarsnamnden.se