It’s been a while since the last post. I’ve been working on several projects during past year and I will publish a mixed-sallad sort of post about some of them.
Most of my time was occupied by Fairytales in Craft, a project I started with Ola Andersson, Annika Wahlström and several other colleagues. It is a project aimed at children; a hybrid between immersive theatre, adventure playground and craft workshop, installed in an ex-industrial building called Långeds Mekaniska in Dals Långed, Sweden. Last summer we did a pilot, and this year we’re continuing the summer program for local and tourist kids.
There’s a full story, more photos and a movie here.
We’re also working on a travelling version of the show, which will hopefully be taken on tour in this thing:
The red bus is called Abellis Magiska teater and has been touring Europe for past 30 years as a travelling puppet theatre. Its original owners, Anders and Fatima, are looking for someone to continue the legacy of their bus, and Not Quite art collective (which I am a part of) is probably the new owner. The show that we’re working on will be based on a story by renowned Norwegian children writer Gro Dahle. The illustration below is from her book ‘Sinna Mann’, illustrated by Svein Nyhus.
Every once in a while my daughter comes up with a new project idea. A while ago, with a few friends she built a streetfood-cart which she called ‘Lilla Drink’ and used to sell lemonade from. Now they’re building a treehouse. I help them bring the materials and try not to interfere more than that. The top 3 most popular activities are painting, painting and painting.
And as much as I love winter cycling, I’m happy to say the spring has finally came to Sweden. Goodbye, winter!
Lakeside photos of Smoker Barrel No.3. This one has an outside oven and is intended for cold smoking. Made in elm, with oxidised oak lid. Photos by Martin Gustavsson.
Workshop photos of Smoker Barrel No.3. It’s the last in collection of three different barrels, which will together form a family of smoke-animated objects.
I’m exhibiting An Imaginary Heritage project at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Come visit us in Greenhouse, VH03:19, from 9-13 February 2016.
Smoker Barrel No.1 is published in January issue of Wallpaper magazine, among the best graduation projects in 2015. Thank you Wallpaper! Online version is here.
On September 16th 2015 I am opening an exhibition with ceramic artist and a dear friend of mine Mladen Ivančić, in gallery of Croatian Association of Applied Artists (ULUPUH) in Zagreb.
The exhibition deals with the modern understanding of Mediterranean traditions related to food and crafts, and plays with the notion of invented tradition that is largely present within the concept of the Mediterranean diet today. Through dialogue between the two materials and techniques we created a narrative that combines factual, authentic tradition with the fictional tradition: an imaginary narrative of what tradition actually is and how fragile is its authenticity. We wanted to show an imaginary future scenario deriving from the Croatian crafts tradition in broadest sense – from the table culture, to agriculture, hunting, fishing, and games.
While each of us was working with his favourite raw material, at some point we have come to a conclusion that wood and ceramics have become inseparably connected through history. The antique wooden ships transported their cargo in clay jars, wooden tables in inns were set with ceramic plates and jugs, a medieval fortress were largely constructed of wood. And without fire the items presented in the exhibition could not been either developed or used. That is why the building blocks of this exhibition are wood, ceramics and fire. Some exhibited objects invoke the tradition of preparing food outdoors. Perhaps this is one of the last relict of customs that today belongs primarily to the memory.
Photographs by Martin Gustavsson and Jadranka Hajduković.