Possible Worlds

It started with a commissioned work for The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm in 2014. I was asked to create a work that could interpret  the ways in which museums represent or evoke different worlds. It became a performance based on live mixed video and sound/electronic music that premiered in November 2014. Since then, Possible Worlds has been performed in different venues. I also use it in my research about museums, cultural heritage and worldmaking.

Possible Worlds is an ongoing experiment in worldmaking and rendition. Its’ mainpart is a live mixed audiovisual performance, that is organised for selected audiences. The performance is based on surreal juxtapositions and layerings of sound and images collected on field trips to various sites in different parts of the world. In the first iteration of the performance this material was combined with sounds and images from the archives and collections at The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. The result was an attempt to explore notions of ethnographic surrealism. As new iterations of the work are performed, new material is added and included in the worldmaking-sessions. Central for the work is the mix of sound and video that is juxtaposed with material objects and props related to the show.

before the premiere in 2014 I used this trailer for the show:

During a month in the end of 2014 three iterations of Possible Worlds was performed in three very different spaces. The premiere was in a space called “The Myth Theatre” at The Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm, November 2014.The second performance was in “The Red Room” at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö, as part of the festival Tacit or Loud, December 2014. The third one took place in “The Multipurpose Room” at The Design Hub, at RMIT University, Melbourne in December 2014. The experiences from these three spaces became good reference points for possible different directions for Possible Worlds

I used Possible Worlds as Point of departure for another art project, called In Praise of Other Places (read more about that project on its’ dedicated page).

In November 2016 I used Possible Worlds as part of a module in the master-programme course “Strategies for Composing Cultural Analysis” as part of MACA at Lund University. This became a good opportunity to mix art, research and education.

I’ve published some academic texts about Possible Worlds . Such as the article Art Probing and Worldmaking, which deals with the work in relation to museums, cultural analysis and visual ethnography.