Digital Storytelling – Love Lidén and Kasia Michnik
1. ABOUT JOHAN CARLSSON’S HOUSE
…… This weekend I visited Johan Carlsson in Orust
who is building a house around the remains of a 19th century
fishing boat. It’s a quite special and beautiful and I got some
great material there for one of the films.
As you might see, the tower and center of the house is the cabin
from an old fishing boat, around which Johan has built the house
little by little over the years. I’m thinking in the film the
material from this place might be contrasted against a person
living on an actual boat, if we can get some good connections
down at Hoppets Kaj where some people in Gothenburgh live on old
….I have some personal stories about alternative
living from the days I lived homeless caravan life with my kids
on to different communities and finally ending up in
Stacken. Kasia has some interesting experiences too. Or we could
take an angle more based around various projects we’ve done on
those subjects, including the 3 community house exhibitions
Stacken has participated in, my project on gentrification in
Gothenburg and Berlin and so on. Or maybe more of a
discussion/workshop with some central question to narrate and
inspire. It depends on what kind of event you want, but I believe
we are mainly into the social and human aspects of alternative
life, our focus is where the physical manifestation (a cottage,
community house, village and so on) represents a quest for a
genuinely different approach to life and society. The soul of
alternative living, if you will, as it represents a deviation
from the societal norms, and the unconventional houses and
solutions that spring from these.
AN AUDIO INSTALLATION which enables the visitors to interact with the exhibition.
The visitors comes into a room where different voices are played up
as a sound file, as a soft sound forest of narrations, as a common
These voices are visitor’s thoughts, visions, feeling, feedback on
the exhibition and on what the process of the exhibition has
inspired the visitor.
In this room the visitor can relax and contemplate the exhibition
while listening to the voices coming out through the speakers. In
this room there is also an recording place constructed separately
as a “utedass”, a traditional Swedish wooden outdoor toilet, which
always has been used as, beside it’s function as a toilet, an inner
space place for people who used to crowd in the way of how living
used to be.
The wooden hut is clearly marked as a recording hut which gives the
visitor’s possibilities to enter the hut and record what’s comes up
in the mind. There is also a clear connection between that what
heard in the room comes from each person’s recording in the
The recorded audio file is linked to a computer that plays up all
the accumulated recordings in a random order.
This audiofile could also be linked to the website of the
exhibition in Röda Sten konsthall website.
INSPIRATION VIDEOS, each 5 minutes:
- Bergsjön, my Love. A poetic artvideo with material from Nacka
and Bergsjön, based around the life in a simple “bender”
cottage. The video was originally made during a visit to
Nackareservatet, a forest/park in Stockholm where some people lived
in benders made of wood and tarp.
- Children of Stacken. A documentary/portraits where the
perspective is that of the children living in Stacken community
house, how life is when you grow up in a non-normative way of life
and how these children think and relate to being part of the house
- Industrial zone, hidden Paradise. Local industrial buildings and
warehouses being used in unusual ways. Examples might be hidden
music clubs like King George in Kungssten or Guerilla deco in
Hisingen, People combining living quarters with art studios or
other workspaces, and whatever else unexpected things we might find
in industrial areas.
- Portraits and house inventions. Individual housing/living
projects like for example living on boats, in wagons, clay/straw
houses and other selfmade living. What signifies the mentality of
people making that choice and how do they solve everyday problems
like heating and storage in their own ways?