Title:  The Museum of Happiness

Media:  intervention, Public Management Office (physical space)

Project Summary: 

The project we propose focuses on the implementation of various measures of well-being, happiness and satisfaction with life in favour of individuals. We rely on our previous work derived from the investigations carried out in reference to the notions of value and power that govern politics in the economic and social spheres within the circuits of capital.The priority of the proposal is to emphasize the search for a solution to monopolization in the daily life sector as a result of unbridled production. We want to create a space to offer different alternative frames of reference by promoting the search for new access options through collective creation or recreation.The aim of the proposal is to provide a space education where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet to learn about the essence of lasting happiness and well-being through questions, recreational activities and workshops.

We propose to build interactions and interlocutions between and with the subjects, resulting in a series of live dynamics, changing and renewing in the field of action to implement happiness. The museum focuses on the construction of communicative and reflexive practices aimed at the construction and reconstruction of qualitative thinking and sensory capacity; offering personalized learning frameworks to each of the visitors. / MB&OC


"Based on our field of interest, our practice and our current focus, we would like to conceive this project firstly as research and further move towards new body of work more related towards community, social engagement and collaborative practice. We will continue to establish processes that critically investigate our roots and social habits, questioning the mechanisms and contexts that create and reinforce current powerful value systems.

We will use artistic creativity as an instrument to activate discourse surrounding cultural dynamics that facilitate and/or accompany processes of education, communication, and urban and social transformation. Starting from the central idea of creating cultural democracy through dialogue and mutual respect, we understand cultural service as an artistic expression whose freedom of choice brings closer artistic transformation to social production.

The project will deepen the dialogue between people belonging to the same community. Through a new practice of conversation, through sharing activities of daily life, we will consider transforming co-evolutionary life models for a common good; Developing the role that represents human relationships within the affective relationships belonging to the community.”

- Bobrikova & de Carmen


In our first research week in Mullsjö we had several meetings with the staff of the municipality to understand the structure of it. We spend time in the cultural department learning about the Organization chart which allowed us to obtain a uniform and synthetic idea of the formal structure of all the elements of authority, the levels of hierarchy and the relationship between the different departments. The specialization in each area, in each department, made us bet on the development of the idea of generating a project to prevent problems related to the social services department in the municipality./ MB&OC

DISTANCIO ARTISTS:  Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar de Carmen Rui Mourão - Mark Rautenbach - Melissa Vandenberg >>>

CURATOR: Anna Viola Hallberg >>>

Bobrikova & de Carmen have been working together as an artistic duo since 2005. They have participated in several residencies such as Sweet Home / Curators Network in Madrid, Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon, KulturKontakt Austria, Nida art Colony or MeetFactory. Their works have been presented in venues and projects such as 5th Odessa Biennale, Fotogalleriet Oslo, Saitama Triennial, Akershus Kunstnersenter,, 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, CCA Singapore, Karlin Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, Singuhr Berlin; CCA–Tbilisi, Röda Sten, City Museum of Gothenburg. Since 2012 they run Nomad AiR, a Nomadic artist-in-residence program focuses on the notion of hospitality and the social relations between “host” and “guest” and in 2017 they co- funded the project / residency program Future Utopia Community Key in Uddebo within which they organized annual gathering (IECES) in form of Anti-symposium. They both hold MFA from Nordic Sound Art programme and Malmo Art Academy.


Realisation of Museum of Happiness : TBD,  aim at 2020  
Artist Talk:
 October 7th, 2019 at 6 pm at Mullsjö folkhögskola, as part of ArtTalks-series
Research stay in Mullsjö:
 October 1-8, 2019

With support from: Region Jönköpings län with Mullsjö, Gnosjö, Tranås and Värnamo municipalities.     Curator: Anna Viola Hallberg   Contact: curator @