SKH participates in artistic research project by staging a shortage of electricity


During The Swedish Research Council’s symposium for artistic research 25-26 November 2020 – “Working together”, SKH's PhD Candidate Lina Persson will together with the entire SKH carry out a shutdown and stage a shortage of electricity and energy. This is also a way to experiment with how research questions can infuse and be a part of our organisation

The shutdown is part of Lina Persson's project Climate-Just Worldings which is presented during the symposium. Lina's project involves, among other things, trying out different types of resource shortages.

-A disruption can help me to stop and question the present, I think. In the disruption there is an opportunity to imagine alternatives, imagine redistribution, re-evaluation of the present. When you stop doing what you usually do, you open up for something new to happen. If we can detach from the way we’re currently connected, in this case through our energy consumption, then maybe we can reconnect in new ways, based on something else. I have already, through the preparatory work with this idea, met many of my colleagues in different departments on completely new levels, through commitment and strong ties to things we did not know before that we shared, says Lina Persson, PhD candidate at film and media at SKH.

Lina Persson, PhD candidate at film and media at SKH

Lina Persson's research question
What if future generations could confront us with our excessive overuse of resources, interfere and disrupt it? That is one of the questions in Lina Persson’s artistic research project named “Climate-Just Worldings”. Through an intervention in the form of an electrical outage the University will ask this question in a common performance. The performance is designed to create a common experience and knowledge about limitations of resources in order to better understand the future environment for artistic processes. The intervention is also a way of presenting the research project at The Swedish Research Council’s symposium for artistic research 2020 – “Working together”, where Lina Persson will present her project at the 26 November starting at 10.25.

Management's impact assessment
The leadership has made an impact assessment that shows what SKH are able to do in order to participate in the outage and how we can support this project and the world. This will also be an important part of the life cycle analysis that Lina performs in collaboration with Anna Björklund and Karin Lagercrantz at KTH, via NAVET.

-Our impact assessment shows how much we can actually accomplish during this half hour, without shutting down the entire university. The analysis also gave us more answers than we asked for. For example, we got a clearer view of our energy consumption, so already now we are more ware of how we can make more active and better choices for a sustainable university, says Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor at SKH.

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Paula Crabtree, Vice-Chancellor at SKH

Lina Persson says that she has taken inspiration from historical shutdowns and experiences in her everyday life. An example is when she together with her daughter imagined that there was an electricity outage for a whole day and that changed everything they did during the day in an interesting way.

-It means a lot to me to do this together with SKH. It matters in many different ways. For example, it could work as a vaccine, to mentally practice for crises and interruptions, as a university. It could also work as a quiet moment to share the grief over everything that dies in this time of mass extinction, a grief that we often carry individually through our workday, says Lina.

On 26 November at 10.25-11.00, SKH will participate in Lina Persson's shutdown.
By, for example that our flow of energy and resources is suddenly depleted, turn of lights, avoid using running water, unplug electrical circuits, turn of radiators, turn of computers, block elevators. Be observant of situations that might occur due to the above and show solidarity with those who may be affected, assists each other, reflect. And maybe even give shape to the outage through the different art forms we are working with.

 -For us, it is natural to support Lina Persson’s project. Her research questions match our goal to be a sustainable university and how we constantly work forward with environmental and sustainability issues, concludes Paula Crabtree.

Linas research project is supported by the Swedish Research Council & NAVET