Playing the Space

Tro, hopp och konst. Konst som politiskt verktyg. Forskningsrapport om Statens konstråds satsning Konst händer 2016-2018, av Monica Sand, 2019.

Läs även intervju med Monica Sand, SvD 19 maj 2019 om rivningen av Jordbro kulturhus

Playing the Space. A City Walk by Ricardo Atienza and Monica Sand

Art and artistic research projects run by Ricardo Atienza, architect, sound artist and researcher and Monica Sand, artist and researcher

2013-2015  Walk in the steps of Rubicon. Gothenburg´s nomadic art scene during the 1980s

2012-2014 In-Situ Action: Resonance, Improvisation and Variations of Public Places
2011 In situ-ing: Rhythm, Ambience and Identity

funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)
hosted by Swedish Centre of Architecture and Design, Stockholm, Sweden.

2009-2011 Getting Lost with Punctuality and Precision, founded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), hosted by University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), Stockholm


Project description:

What will happen if we treat the city as a play ground? In its double meaning of playful events and playing instruments, a variations of artists, architects, musicians, dancers and researchers explore the urban setting and situations by composing and recomposing its rhythms and resonance. Our artistic interventions start off with the daily experience of a voyage, a place or a walk, immersed in the common situation as pedestrians and citizens. By variations of those situations – interruption and breaks, by instruments and vocal expressions, transformation of common movements and events “out of place” – we transform the place into a playground. By the action we create new situations within the existing and established another awareness of urban qualities, limits, forces and meanings, that can serve both as descriptions of daily social life and practical tools for actions.

Key concepts: urban, play, composition, resonance, improvisation

About us:

Ricardo Atienza is an architect, researcher and sound artist. In his installations, sound pieces and sonic design activities, the relations between space, place and sound are explored from this interdisciplinary approach. Lecturer and researcher at Konstfack (University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm) and an earlier researcher at ArkDes (Swedish Centre of Architecture and Design, Stockholm). PhD Architect, he is also associate researcher at Laboratoire Cresson (Centre for Sound Space and Urban Environment Research), France.

Monica Sand, artist  and researcher with a PhD in Architecture, artistic research, from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. From 2011 until March 31, 2019 she was coordinating research at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre of Architecture and Design, Stockholm). Her present position is as a Research Advicer at the Artistic Faculty, Gothenburg University. In art and artistic reserach projects she is producing exhibitions, actions, and research network with a focus on collective actions in public space. At KTH, the School of Architecture and during her postdoc at Konstfack (University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm) she produced courses, walk-shops and lectures based on art practise, as well as explorations and experiments of how to form artistic research as a field.
Earlier art work was based on collaborations with different physics laboratories in Sweden and at CERN, the largest particle laboratory in Europe, Geneva:
In between art and science and Acting Physics