2012, Tomma Rum, Kil, Sweden.
This was an attempt to create a miniature culture in the old staff kitchen of a closed down meatball factory in Sweden.
I tried to create a group mentality amongst those who entered the room, by urging them to add to the common atmosphere / project by painting a collective painting and singing along together to this famous Swedish song.
I also used the windows that separate the staff kitchen from another main room to point out the differences between us who are in here, and those who are outside. When those from the outside came inside they were welcomed, slowly.
The event went on as long as there were people willing to stay in the room, contributing to the common project and enduring the total fellowship.
During preparations I asked people to give examples of when they feel a strong sense of community or fellowship with others, and the following things came up:
- when we create something together
- when we have known each other for a long time / share history
- when we share a common enemy
- when we are alike
- when we are told what to do and don’t reflect as much
So I played on these things in my instructions. Big thank you to all the participants in Kil!