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Toward an Institution

Toward an Institution

An on-going collaboration with Botkyrka konsthall were we are developing strategies, curating and initiating projects for the neighbourhoods of northern Botkyrka. map

Institutions are good at creating paths, but bad at creating fields. Our first task therefore is to insist on building weak systems; i.e. there isn´t any ”us”. Weak fields constitute a high risk, but new knowledge can only be found in landscapes – not along paths.

Since the spring of 2012 Economy is engaged in a series of projects with Botkyrka konsthall, together with the curatorial team we are developing strategies for how to strengthen the art centres presence in the neighbourhoods of northern Botkyrka. These residential areas were all primarily constructed as part of the Million Program – an extremely ambitious project were one million apartments was built in Sweden over a period of ten years. The project was initiated by the Social democratic government in the mid sixties and became after its completion in the mid-seventies heavily criticized. It marked a paradigmatic shift in the modern history of Swedish architecture and is still today a reoccurring topic in almost every discussion around architecture and planning.

The neighbourhood we are mostly focusing on Fittja is, when it comes to architecture and planning, considered as one of the best examples from the era. Together with the art centre, municipality, local organisations and higher art and architecture educations we are working on establishing Fittja as grounds for a biennale on experimental architecture practices and at the same time develop an art centre that is less to be understood as one building, but rather an institution that is dissolved into the fabric of the neighbourhood. An institution that can evolve over time – both spatially and as organisation. An institution that has the capacity to shrink and grow, allowing for a more dynamic program. An institution that is authored by many, both by invited makers and local doers. An institution that is open to changes in contemporary art practice and aids a continuous development of the neighbourhood’s public spaces. An art institution with the capacity to become something else entirely – something much more.