Do you remember when you were small and built your own little houses with pillows, cloth, your moms furniture, wood or anything else you could use to create your own little hut… or KOJA like you call it in Swedish.
I went to Gothenburg with my colleague looking for inspiration. I found this gallery that was showing an exhibition about huts: “Come and see what people have built” When I get there I only see small photos on a white wall that people sent showing their huts. I got so disappointed so I thought I would make my own exhibition and invite some people to build their dream hut.
We called it HEMMABYGGE (homemade). Around 24 artists, carpenters, designers, musicians and interactive designers from Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm were working with 10 projects. They had a few days to design and order the material they would need and they got one week to build their hut. We gave them also a small budget they managed themselves to buy other objects or special stuff that was not in the ordinary building material that we bought. Then the public could vote for their favorite hut, the winner would get a gift card to buy material and tools for future building. People worked day and night and they created really nice stuff, each hut had its own “personality”.
The press coverage was excellent; we had TV and all the important newspapers from Malmo. The Swedish artist Vit Päls performed at the opening. The exhibition was open for a week and there was people constantly visiting in the whole time.
This project was co-produced with my great friend, creative producer: Caroline Andersson.