PROPOSED SITE RELATED WORK FOR MULLSJÖ
Title: The Museum of Happiness
Media: intervention, Public Management Office (mobile, taking place in various physical spaces)
The proposed project, The Museum of Happiness, takes on form of a museum and would work to implement various measures of well-being, happiness, and satisfaction within the lives of individuals. Our artistic methodology draws from our previous work where we researched notions of value and power that govern politics in the economic and social spheres within the circuits of capital. The aim of this proposed project is to draw attention to our continuing search for a solution to monopolization in daily life resulting from unbridled production.
We want to create a space, to offer different alternative frames of reference, by promoting the search for and access to new options or frameworks of existence through collective creation and recreation. This project will provide a space of education where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet to learn about the essence of long lasting happiness and well-being, a discourse we encourage in the project through facilitating questions, recreational activities, and workshops.
We propose with this project to build sites for interactions and create interlocutions between and with the subjects, resulting in a series of live, dynamic, changing, and renewing actions that will facilitate the implementation of happiness in participants. The Museum of Happiness’s aims to cultivate happiness and 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.
ARTISTS INITIAL APPROACH
"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
NOTES ON RESEARCH WEEK IN MULLSJÖ
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
Artist duo, Martinka Bobrikova (SK/NO/SE) & Oscar de Carmen (ES/NO/SE), has been working together since 2005. Their practice, which is often community based, aims at setting up new social ecosystems. By revolving around the mechanisms and context by which power creates systems of value, they seek to intervene on the border between art and current topics of contemporary life in order to bring about the proposition of the transitory and the utopian.
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, Tranzit.sk, 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: 2020 moved online
Artist Talk: October 7th, 2019 at 6 pm at Mullsjö folkhögskola, as part of ArtTalks-series
Research stay in Mullsjö: October 1-8, 2019