LIVING HISTORY (WORKING TITLE)

Mixed media: Silver gelatine photos, sculptures, drawings, paintings, objects etc. 2001-2011


Living history-, or open-air museums is a distinct type of museum exhibiting its collections out-of-doors. The first open air museums where founded towards the end of the nineteenth century, often as an attempt to preserve rural society and its culture, threatened by industrialism and urbanization. Today these outlets for living history utilize museum professionals and trained interpreters in order to convey the most accurate information available to historians. Most open-air museums specialize in the collection and re-erection of old buildings at large out-door sites, usually in settings of re-created landscapes of the past. But the main aim is to portray the life of the past. The museum interpreters therefore dress in period costume and conduct period crafts and everyday work. Sometimes they even try to create a ”higher” feeling of authenticity by acting in first person role playing games involving historical characters. The living history museum could therefore be viewed as an attempt to recreate to the fullest extent conditions of a culture and everyday life. It’s an activity that incorporates theatrical and pedagogical tools into an interactive presentation, which seeks to give observers and participants a sense of stepping back in time.


This project is an ongoing documentary work that contains hundreds of photos, drawings, watercolours, sculptures and films, depicting museums all over Europe and US. Parts of it has been exhibited in different contexts and constallations, like  the group show “Against Time” curated by Sara Arrhenius, at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm 2007.

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