I was invited to a residency Andra ögon på staden, (Other Eyes on the city), to work in the municipality of Kungsbacka to explore how an artistic methodology may be used to create a dialogue with the citizens about future urban planning. I worked occasionally in Kungsbacka during the period autumn 2015 – to autumn 2016.
In Kungsbacka I discovered Northern Europe’s last intact Led printing shop, operated by Northern Halland newspaper until 1991. It was activated with a temporary exhibition and a newly produced magazine, Kungsbacka Blodbok, designed by Maryam Fanni. Contributions from Catharina Gabrielsson, a lecturer in urban planning and associate professor of architecture at the KTH School of Architecture; Catharina Thörn, associate professor of cultural studies at the School of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg; Linnea Eriksson, poet; Camilla Schultz, activist and member of ”Together for Kungsbacka”; Frida Sandström, artist and writer; members from”Save Tölö Kronopark” and the ecological store ”Tuvan”. During my residency I also started to work on an essay, ”Eternal Scar” together with filmmaker Camilla Topuntoli. An investigation into Waste Network co-ordinated groups at locations considered as sites for nuclear waste management.
In October a conference took place, Andra ögon på staden (Other eyes on the city) about artistic practices in urban planning. Participants at the seminar included: Catharina Gabrielsson, a lecturer in urban planning and associate professor of architecture at KTH School of Architecture, Catharina Thörn, associate professor of cultural studies at the Department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Linnea Eriksson, poet, Lisa Torell, artist and artistic researcher (the Norwegian artistic Research program) and Per Hasselberg, director of the popular movements Arts promotion, Konstfrämjandet.