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Exhibition to visualise research results

News: Dec 18, 2018

At the moment, there is an exhibition underway at the Humanities Library called “Frikultur! Utominstitutionella scenkonstgrupper intar Göteborg under 1960- och 70-talen” (Free culture! Extra-institutional performing arts groups take Gothenburg in the 1960s and 70s).

The exhibition is based on research conducted within the project “Gothenburg Plays a Part”.

“This exhibition allows us to visualise results, ask questions and consider continued research in completely different ways than in the report,” says Astrid von Rosen, researcher at the Dept of Cultural Sciences and Cluster Leader for CCHS Embracing the Archives cluster.

The exhibition has emerged from a collaboration between the library and the researchers Astrid von Rosen, Mikael Strömberg and Fia Adler Sandblad. The exhibition is on display until 9 February 2019.

Why have you chosen to show your research in the form of an exhibition?
We are finishing up our three-year long, but small-scale project “Gothenburg Plays a Part” this autumn. The results are to be presented in a report to our financier, the Anna Ahrenberg Foundation. When we, rather unexpectedly, were asked to do an exhibition, we said yes right away. Many people pass through the exhibition every day, and it’s a real pleasure to do something accessible like this.

What can you tell us about the work on the exhibition?
It turned into quite the group project, and this is of course well in line with the do-it-yourself spirit of the time we have been looking at. To make a timeline across an entire wall, we spent days cutting and pasting. One thing that was truly rewarding was that the collaboration with the University Library allowed us to discover new sources, such as a magazine for youth leaders. Using the circle as our theme, we also developed different ways of inviting visitors to contribute their knowledge and tips. Among other things, we have a mailbox and questions to be inspired by.

You also came to talk about your research at one of our open events.
We focused on three different approaches showing innovation within the performing arts research. Mikael Strömberg used the variety show as an example of how provoking associations between different types of archive material open up the complexity of performing arts. I showed a map based on the knowledge of the body and the location, in order to highlight independent dance troops that had been completely left out of earlier research. Fia Adler Sandblad gave a presentation based on the working methods of physical theatre. It ended up being a stimulating close encounter with the audience! We finished on the great news that our research will continue on a greater scale: The project: "Expansion and diversity: Digital survey and analysis of extra-institutional performing arts in Gothenburg 1965–2000" has been awarded a project grant of SEK 13 million from the Swedish Research Council.

Is there anything you would like to add?
We will get started on Expansion and Diversity at the start of the year. I would like to encourage everyone with experience and memories of independent culture to contact us. Maybe you were part of an independent group, planned group visits to school, or it could be materials in private archives, or memories of performances by independent groups.

Photo credit: Anna Svensson

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