Exhibition at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair discusses democracy
Architects Sweden’s travelling exhibition Aiming for Democratic Architecture has set up camp in Sweden in the shape of Panorama, a special iteration developed exclusively for the Stockholm Light and Furniture Fair. This touring exhibit first opened in New York during Archtober 2017, and will during 2018 be shown in various international contexts.
“In a world with increasing numbers of single-person households, the city spaces become more important than ever. They need to look different to meet different needs, but a unifying characteristic is everyone’s right to be there and participate. The ‘in-between spaces’ are given a voice and a room of its own in this exhibition,” says Charlotta Holm Hildebrand, acting president of Architects Sweden.
Panorama is created as a peculiar mountain landscape, available to anyone who wants a break, to reflect or to socialise. The bar is the Panorama, a disparate look onto the world that surrounds us. A wooden framework holds it together, a frame that allows for different expressions and ideas. It harbours the histories and the futurities, the positions and directions.
The films included in the exhibition are screened at Panorama: Skogräns (The 'Shoes Off' Border), Allemansrätt (Sweden's Right of Public Access), Folkrörelser och Gräsrötter (Popular Movements and Grassroots Initiative), Regelverk (Frameworks), Statsapparaten (The Government Machine) and Olikheter (Differences). The bar is the Panorama, a disparate look onto the world that surrounds us. A wooden framework holds it together, a frame that allows for different expressions and ideas. It harbours the histories and the futurities, the positions and directions. The Right of Public Access prevails in this fictional valley with its longingly northern light. Everything that can be recycled will have a new life after the exhibition has been dismantled. Most items were made or decorated with a specific recipient in mind: Egalia, which is the youth section of RFSL Stockholm (The Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights, Stockholm chapter). Decorated pallets, bean bags, built-in luminaires and design objects will move into their new premises and provide the daily operations with a unique character.
Architects Sweden and the artist collective MYCKET are the producers, curators and designers of Panorama. MYCKET and students at the Nyckelvik School’s craft education program have created the furniture and objects, under the guidance of Magdalena Marano and Marie Carlsson from Madam Snickeri.
“It has been fantastic to see the impact and inspiration that have been created through the collaborative work around both the traveling exhibition and now with Panorama, where so many have contributed to the projects,” says Julia Hertzman, project manager at Architects Sweden.
Aiming for Democratic Architecture is a tool kit developed by Architects Sweden, and commissioned by the Swedish Institute. Thirty-four architecture firms and other organisations participate in Aiming for Democratic Architecture. The tool kit includes exhibition material and seminars used by Swedish institutions abroad to strengthen the national image. Architects Sweden produced its first tool kit about wooden architecture, Woodland Sweden, in 2016. It has so far been exhibited in ten countries.
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Architects Sweden is a professional organization for architects, interior architects, landscape architects and spatial planners with 13,000 members, including 2,600 students. Our main goals are to strengthen the position in society for both architecture and architects. One of the most important current projects is the internationalization of our member practices, e.g. the exhibitions and connected events Woodland Sweden and Aiming for Democratic Architecture (with The Swedish Institute). www.arkitekt.se