It started in a car, when we were commuting between Växjö and Malmö. Along the dark roads of southern Sweden, in 2003, we developed what would be our first collaborative art work: [visklek] a Chinese Whispers on answering machines.

Since then we have continued to explore our interest in collaborative storytelling, participation and everyday communication using several channels of communication such as answering machines, embroidery, text messages and eye-to-eye meetings.

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In REPA UPP/UPPREPA we are asking inhabitants in Kiruna with surroundings in the northern parts of Sweden to let us work with their discarded mobile phones. We will unravel and repeat the information and the technology that we find in the mobile phones. Inspired by those who went from homes to homes to collect wool while at the same time becoming carriers of information, we intend to work as contemporary re-users of material.

The project is done in collaboration with Konstmuseet i Norr.

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  Threads - a Mobile Sewing Circle - 2009-2012  

Threads is a travelling exhibition where people are invited to embroider SMS by hand and with an embroidery machine connected to a mobile phone with bespoke software.

Threads has its background in the project stitching together that we conceptualised in 2006 and has been further developed in a collaboration between by the Swedish Travelling Exhibitions, Vi Unga (a youth-led organization for leadership, democracy and entrepreneurship), the National Federation of Rural Community Centres and Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan (a national organisation arranging study circles) and Malmö University. Together we have worked with setting up an emergent network in Sweden in order for Threads to travel.

To make Threads travel we have among other things designed two blue boxes that contain the things that travel with Threads, and which can be fitted into the trunk of a car. We have also hosted educational sewing circles where we hand over some responsibilities to local hosts, who can take Threads to, for example, their rural community centre.

We do this as part of our PhD-work.

Follow Threads on www.mobilsyjunta.se and www.facebook.se/mobilsyjunta

On tour in Sweden 2009-2012 >>

  sms-embroidery-feuilleton - 2009  

“I am so angry with you, because you say so many relevant things!”

This SMS was embroidered and published in the magazine Aluma in 2009. It was the invitation to collaboratively compose a feuilleton based on participants’ text messages.

å+k worked at Gallery KRETS with passers-by to embroider their SMS.

The researchers and artists Margareta Melin and Johanna Rosenqvist joined us for a patchwork seminar, open to the public, to discuss editorial boards and sewing circles as historical, professional and artistic practices of storytelling, collaboration, production and power. During the seminar each of the four authors of this paper placed text-patches on the floor, and invited the participants of the seminar to do the same.

Together with the public the same night we formed an editorial sewing circle where we negotiated the final version of the feuilleton. What was decided in the editorial process, was also published as an incomplete patchwork of text messages in Aluma.

Starting with the same SMS we also invited to a feuilleton to unravel at Ronneby kulturcentrum as part of our exhibition Pick up the Thread in 2009

Galleri KRETS, Malmö, 2009 08>>
Ronneby kulturcentrum, 2009 09-11>>
  stitching together -2007 - 2012  

Most of us have text messages in our mobile phones that we do not want to throw away. They are connected to places, situations and people we love, hate, miss and in any case have a relation to.

In stitching together we invite you and other text message-users to share text messages and transform them into tangible and physical text messages made out of thread and fabric. We want to make it possible for you to make these intimate, digital treasures longer lasting and stitch together different techniques, different speeds, people of different ages and different usage of communication channels.

In practice, in stitching together, we offer the public to forward one of their private text messages to us and in return they will get their message stitched in fabric. This will be done by hand or by an automatic sewing machine programmed for this specific purpose. To make these stories connect we will make a quilt out of fragments of the text messages.

stitching together started off as part of [ordlekar], an artistic research project at the Interactive Institute, studio [12-21].

If you are interested in getting contact with stitching together, please, send us an email >>

Växjö art gallery 06 12 05 >>
Växjö art gallery 07 01 11 >>
Trolebus in Parque México, Mexico City 07 03 04>>
Universidad de las Americas, Mexico 2007 03 07 >>
6 by 6, Mexico 2007 03 08 >>
Digitally Yours, Aboa Vetus and Ars Novamuseum, Turku 2007 03 31 - 05 13 >>
Dalsbua, Dale,Norway 2007 06 30>>
Malmöfestivalen 2007 08 19-21>>
Spelfest, Malmö 2007 10 31- 11 01 >>
Växjö konsthall/CAMPUS 2007 10 31- 12 18 >>
Stockholms Stadsmuseum 2008 02 01>>
Symposium on New Media Politics, K3 Malmö University 2008 11 03 >>
Teambuilding with Sony Ericsson 2008 11 19 >>

Listen - Stories from Mexico >>
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  Bike Circuit - 2009  

Bike circuit is a manual for a collaboration. Take it, make it yours, wherever you are!

This is what happened in Oslo in September 2009 as part of the Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection:

Five bike riders in close contact with the streets of Oslo and with each other; with human and non-human actors. The aim for the bike riders is to not put the foot down during the ride, but to help each other keep a flow as we create a polyphonic narrative through passing on information to each other about fellow actors in the streets be that other bikers, red lights, cars or animals.

The recordings were turned into an installation in Deichman library consisting of five radio receivers, one for each sound recording done by each person who participated in the performance. The radios can be moved around in the installation thereby creating new flows of information and even richer narratives.

The bikers were: Susanne Wehner, Sven Erga, Morten Myhre, Martin Knutsen and Fredrik Hossmann.

The other sound artists in the Manual-project are: Siri Austeen, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Brandon LaBelle and Jana Winderen.

Made possible by Atelier Nord, the Ultima festival and Oslo kommune.

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  Play in reverse - 2007 - 2009  
  Apart from listening to the wind; a site-specific sound file is triggered and heard when you use the swing. The sound file is played out loud when you swing forward and the same sound file will be played in reverse when you swing backwards.

Play in Reverse is in some parts about the tension between surrendering control and yet, being in control. The intention of the concept is to explore sounds informational and mystical character - the substantiality of the perishable. The person who uses the swing is in control over the soundscape, at the same time as he or she is controlled by the swing, as it goes back and forth in a narrative.

You can follow the process here >>
Moving pics from Athens 2008 04 11-13 (.mov) >>
Sounds like Athens (.mp3) >>
  Omvägar i ljud - 2007  
  å+k record soundwalks in Malmö with people who tell stories from the city on the theme ”exclusion”. Omvägar i ljud can roughly be translated to Detours in sound. The stories are available so that others can walk in the storytellers’ footsteps and get an extraordinary ordinary view of the city. Omvägar i ljud is made together with Aluma and Malmö museer for their permanent exhibition Tidernas stad and is supported by Malmö kulturstöd. The two first soundwalks can be downloaded or borrowed from Malmö museer.

You can download all five soundwalks as well as the map from Aluma and here >>
  [ordlekar] - 2006 - 2007  

[ordlekar] is an artistic research project based on our previous projects [visklek], [ljudstråk] and [glasrörd]. The project explores how we can create situations that allow for collaborative storytelling on several platforms. The aim was to reflect in action upon processes, methods, and structures of participation and to create platforms that will allow people to participate in the creation of their own stories and at the same time, share their stories with others. One of the outcomes of [ordlekar] is stitching together.

To integrate theory and practice a seminar series was held in Växjö, Sweden during the fall 2006 and in Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico during the winter 2007.

[ordlekar] is a collaboration between Interactive Institute and Växjö University, partly funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Studnets embroidering during the seminar series in Puebla, Meico.
  Ljuset på - 2006  

"Ljuset på" (Lights On) is a sound and light installation that offers people a break from the stress of Christmas shopping on the streets of Malmö.

It is a 5.8 meter tall table lamp placed at Stortorget in Malmö during Christmas. When it gets dark outside, the lamp lights up and plays sounds from different homes and lives in Malmö. Outside becomes inside.

Idea: Petra Lilja, Jonas Olsson, Åsa Ståhl, Kristina Lindström, Karin Karlsson, Kajsa Karlström. Sound: Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström. Set design: Lina Sporrong. Light design: Johan Moritz

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18 minutes of sounds in the twilight zone (recorded underneath the lamp 070103) >>
  Experimental radio production at Malmö University, K3 - 2006 - 2007  
  During 2006 and 2007 å+k were course managers for Experimental Radio Production at K3, Malmö University.

The aim of the course is to explore tools and ideas for working with sound and radio, including trying out various ways of publishing, distributing and exhibiting experimental radio work. We do this by combining pratice and theory.

For more experimental radio production look for Ljudbaren, hosted by previous students on the course, at På besök in Malmö.
  [glasrörd] - 2005  
  In Sweden there is a tradition of giving glass objects as gifts. They are often given on specific occasions such as graduation, birthdays or when moving to a new apartment and are therefore symbols of transitions in life. In [glasrörd] we explore the rituals around gift-giving in relation to the importance of the given object itself.

We visited seven young people in their homes and asked to tell us personal stories about their glass gifts. The objects were then wrapped again and exhibited at the Swedish Glass Museum   in Växjö, Sweden, together with the stories. To be able to hear the stories the visitors had to touch the object.

At the museum and on a web page the visitors could make a bid on their favourite object by telling a story about something they were willing to exchange. At the end of the exhibition an auction and the physical exchange were taking place - if the original owner were willing to let go of his or her gift.

During the exhibition we held two workshops called Design Relay Race.

[glassrörd] is a combined research and art project at the Interactive Institute, studio [12-21]. Project managers - Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström.

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  [säjfa] - 2005  
  [säjfa] was a part of the group exhibition SAFE at Kartskrona Art Gallery 2005. The idea for the SAFE project was influenced by Karlskrona, a city of military and defence, and showed different artistic interpretations of safety.

In [säjfa] we played with personal secrets and allowed people to exchange secrets through SMS. The project started with a workshop where we shared secrets and explored different aspects of secrets. When and why do you tell a secret? To whom do you tell your secret? Do we feel safer telling a secret to a stranger? What happens when you tell a secret? Does it stop being a secret?

Then posters with a phone number were put up in the town to encourage others to participate in the exchange of secrets. When you sent an SMS with your secret you got someone else's secret back. The secrets were also displayed in the museum.

[säjfa]was a collaboration between the Interactive Institute, studio [12-21] and Blekinge Institute of Technology.

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  [ljudstråk] - 2005  
  [ljudstråk] is a library of audio walks, available to the public. With headphones in your ears you can walk in the traces of stories told by young people from Ljungby, Sweden. When you press play the young voice will guide you through an extraordinary ordinary walk in the town. You can hear about pretending to be a rough-sleeper at the square, about a drunk business man that makes a move on you when you are with your friends in the park, about having ice-cream in the middle of the winter because the ad says that you can have summer whenever you want to.

Every audio walk starts at the Museum of Legends , Sagomuseet, in Ljungby,
just like the project itself started off with the tradition of oral storytelling in this region, Sagobygden.

Our aim is to make young people's voices heard and make visitors participate in a collaborative storytelling. During your walk the storytellers will ask you questions connected to their anecdotes and you will be asked to send text messages.

[ljudstråk] is a combined research and art project at the Interactive Institute, studio [12-21]. Project managers - Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström.

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  [visklek] - 2004  
  Starting with the simple, playful and banal concept of the Chinese Whispers we wanted to play a game and in this game explore how we could create a platform in the city of Växjö for strangers to meet and in this meeting point enable them to collaborate around storytelling. The game started with young people's subjective and personal stories from different places around Växjö. Then posters, telephones, answering machines and other ways of communication have been used to create a Chinese Whispers between places and strangers in the Växjö region.

During two months we received more than 1000 calls, all different and marked by the participants. The project was exhibited at Växjö Art Gallery during the summer of 2004.

[visklek] is a combined research and art project at the Interactive Institute, studio [12-21]. Project managers - Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström.

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