THE POWER OF HABIT
2006 – 2008
THE POWER OF HABIT / VANANS MAKT
This critical investigation of multiculturalism and integration concepts was conducted in the context of the Swedish Year of Cultural Diversity, 2006. The projects involved were funded by the Swedish Arts Council and the Municipality of Kristianstad.
Vanans makt was implemented as a relational art project, in collaboration with artists John Huntington and Malin Schønbeck, plus a large group of mostly immigrants in the Kristianstad suburb Gamlegården.
Malin’s part of the project led to the exhibition Hunden i Centrum, while John and I – in this our first collaboration – staged an interactive office, Samspelskontoret. We also produced ‘Svenneförmedlingen’, a web-based match-making service designed to make it easier for unemployed ethnical Swedes to get hired in immigrant-run businesses, for the purpose of giving the natives a much-needed opportunity to become better integrated in an already existing multicultural society.