Design Week 2016

During Stockholm’s Design Week 9—14 February, Underverk collaborated with experience designer Pomme van Hoof and presented KIOSK, a one-week programme showcasing different projects every day of the week by artists and designers who work with so called “intangibles”.

You may find yourself thinking, “what is this place?”, as KIOSK offered something new every day of the week. People were encouraged to stop by and find out for themselves. To look, listen, touch, wonder, taste, and talk to us.

Opening times:

Tuesday — Friday 12:00-14:00, 17:00-19:00
Saturday — Sunday 14:00-18:00

KIOSK projects:

We noticed that the shift from a more industrial and product based design to the more critical, social oriented and experience based design is something still underrepresented in Stockholm, especially during the Design Week. Three years ago Underverk took it as a challenge to fill the void and started to present alternative design meetings during the design week. With this year’s collaboration and initiative; KIOSK, broadened the general understanding of the field of Experience Design and gave it a place alongside the more traditional categories in which the public has understood design to be for a long time.

The presented projects initiated a conversation around the role of design. They lifted you up from a familiar situation (going to your local kiosk) to one that sparked the imagination of how things can be. They dealt with pushing the threshold of everyday habits and alter existing perceptions, the mundane, the stimulation of new ideas and the act of getting people out of their comfort zones.

A selected group of talented artists and designers took over the kiosk for one day of the week, transforming it into an installation, a happening, an agency, a ritual, a starting point, a place for trade or whatever they chose it to be. The projects all told different stories, and played with the perception of our five senses.

KIOSK programme:

Tuesday 9
Ayhan Aydin and Josefin Vargö: Taste the Change of Frequencies

Wednesday 10
Present-Futures: Future Fortunes’ – Planning For Chance

Thursday 11
Lundahl and Seitl: My Voice Shall Now Come From the Other Side of the Room
(an individual 20 minute experience, book in advance by emailing

Friday 12
Pomme van Hoof and Josefin Vargö with Woodstockholm: Talking Taste

Saturday 13
Angela Woda: Intangible Realty

Sunday 14
Tove Skeidsvoll: The Peripheral Project

Image: Graphic design by Ateljé Andrejs Ljunggren

Photos: Lisa Irvall


Underverk in Belgrade

I’ll be working from co-working space Nova Iskra in Belgrade, Serbia for the next two months. Besides working on our new website, Jonna and I are planning our next upcoming events and a program for Stockholm Design Week 2016. So stay tuned for that.
Send me a message if you’re in Belgrade and want to say hi!

Photo from Nova Iskra


Feminist Film Screening

Together with curator Kim McAleese, Underverk presented a set of feminist film screenings punctuated by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, who translated certain elements from the film into taste.

A set of food snacks were presented during Underverk’s feminist film screenings, co-curated together with Kim McAleese.

For each film certain elements were translated into taste and interaction. Produced together with meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin.

Film 1: La Blanchisseuse, Rohesia Hamilton, 1993.

An experimental video examining the emotional and aesthetic underpinnings of the tendency that still exists for women to take a greater responsibility than men for domestic work and nurturing. The images of a woman ironing pay homage in their composition to paintings of laundresses by such artists as Edgar Degas, Honor, Daumier, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Many of the paintings of laundresses by these artists create an ambiguously gentle impression, portraying the task of laundry as sensual, feminine, and producing contentment.

La Blanchisseuse examines the relationship between the images with which we have grown up and the expectations women place upon themselves. Equally poignant texts; from Intrusion (Denise Levertov), Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (Adrienne Rich), and To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolfe) scroll over the images, alluding both to the pull of tradition for a woman to provide nurturing care to others and to the sense of betrayal and rejection that can be the reward for providing such care.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: Steamed dumplings, filled with foraged greens, served in linens on an ironing board. The texture is very soft, while the taste goes from subtle to bitter tones to resemble the conflict of domestic labour.

Film 2: Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, 1975

In this performance Rosler takes on the role of an apron-clad housewife and parodies the television cooking demonstrations popularized by Julia Child in the 1960s. Standing in a kitchen, surrounded by refrigerator, table, and stove, she moves through the alphabet from A to Z, assigning a letter to the various tools found in this domestic space. Wielding knives, a nutcracker, and a rolling pin, she warms to her task, her gestures sharply punctuating the rage and frustration of oppressive women’s roles.
Rosler has said of this work, “I was concerned with something like the notion of ‘language speaking the subject,’ and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity.”

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: ‘Semiotics of a carrot’; X small carrot cubes, Y dried purple carrots, Z carrot caramels, showing the value of an ingredient. This was shared on a long wooden board, between 3-4 people.

FIlm 3: Our Time Is Coming, Selma James, 1971.
Selma James, a socialist and feminist, uses her own experiences working in low-paid jobs and being a mother and housewife as a starting point in this investigation into whether women are exploited in all areas of society. Interviews with full-time housewives, and with females who work outside the home but still do almost all of the household chores, reveal the true extent of women’s work. James goes on to ask whether equal pay outside the home and a real division of housework between men and women will ever become a reality.

In 1972, a year after this programme was broadcast, a key work by Selma James, Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, was published. In this, she expands on the ideas put forward in the programme and argues that the entire labour market is built upon the unpaid work of women. Also in 1972, James set up the International Wages for Housework Campaign, which argues that running the home should be recognised as work in official statistics and that people doing this labour should be paid a wage by the government.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: A big pot with a miso-dashi soup, served in paper mugs. They will huddle around two small bonfires, the perfect environment to create a communal feeling for discussions and opinions.

Supported by Stockholms Stad and CuratorLab Konstfack.


Feminist film screenings: 12 May

For many women, the home was a natural subject of artistic production as a highly charged site of rampantly contradictory meanings. As Lucy Lippard noted, ‘[women artists] work from such [household] imagery because it’s there, because it’s what they know best, because they can’t escape it.’

Together with curator Kim McAleese, Underverk presents a set of feminist film screenings punctuated by food provided by meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and experience designer Josefin Vargö, who have translated certain elements from the film into taste.

In this film programme, the artists explore domestic issues such as motherhood, familial relationships, control of physical space and the preparation and consumption of food.

20:00-20:30 — Course 1: Blanchisseuse, a steamed introduction.
20:40-20:50 — Course 2: Semiotics of the Carrot, the value of an ingredient.
21:00-22:00 — Course 3: Our time is coming, communal soup experience.

Limited food, available on first come, first served basis.

Ayhan Aydin (Meal Ecologist) works interdisciplinary with how the food system as a whole functions. Aydin integrates social sciences, natural sciences, food craftsmanship and practical farming. Ayhan has previously participated in the projects Restaurant roam (Parkteatern), Fittja Open (Botkyrka Konsthall), Nordic Sound Bite (New Nordic Food). In the three different projects, food has been a central and fundamental part of the story.

Photo from Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe: La Blanchisseuse (1993)

Supported by Stockholms Stad and CuratorLab Konstfack.

Catalogue Release ● 27 April
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KIOSK ● 14 Feb
Cans Recycled

The Peripheral Project
by Tove Skeidsvoll

The Peripheral Project is working with experiences on the threshold of our attention, focusing on the peripheral of our senses. What surrounds us affects us – in our choices and in our relationship to objects, places and people.

Presented at KIOSK during Stockholm Design Week.

Your attention is the currency of the day and depending on how much you invest, the experience will differ. Inside kiosk and it’s surrounding area, you will find a selection of possibilities and interactions, created and adapted for the occasion and the area of Mosebacke torg.

The Peripheral Project is initiated by choreographer and dancer Tove Skeidsvoll and together with experience designer Josefin Vargö, designer John Astbury, composer Johannes Burström, architect Oren Lieberman, professor of dance interpretation Cecilia Roos and dancers Anna Ehnberg and Moa Westerlund it was further developed during a residency at Dansens Hus last year.

Tove Skeidsvoll (SE) is a dancer, choreographer and co-leader of Northern Movement Dance Company – Nomodaco. Tove has a keen interest in anything that can happen within a shared space. Whether it is a performance, a film, or an interdisciplinary collaboration, her process usually starts with the same question: What is the given context, and how can I play with it?

Photo: Jostein Skeidsvoll

Tove Skeidsvoll will be part of KIOSK conversations on Thursday the 11th, where she will talk with Lundahl & Seitl about working with space, time and perception.

14 Feb 14:00 — 18:00 Free Show on map
KIOSK ● 13 Feb

Intangible Realty
by Angela Woda

Intangible Realty handles with the buying and selling of intangible valuables with the aim to start a dialogue around the gap between the numerical focus of the real-estate conversation, and the spaces we need to actually live in.

Presented at KIOSK during Stockholm Design Week.

Angela will transform the kiosk into real estate agency. Instead of showing pictures that showcase the look and layout of places of residence, valuable moments of living spaces are translated by selected artists and makers into alternative mediums such as; music, wearable objects, photography, pieces of writing, small sculptures and dance. These “apartments” will be open for inspection during the opening times, and you will have the opportunity to be part of a bidding process.

The conversation of Real Estate is one that lies close to the centre of the culture of Stockholm. Square meters, room numbers, white colour palettes or a neighborhood’s reputation are major movers and shakers when it comes to defining ’value’. Like any system of currency, the value of real estate can only operate under a collective agreement.

What opportunities are we missing to engage with the possibilities of our living spaces when we evaluate them only through the periscope of investment?

Angela is an Australian spatial designer with a background in exhibition design and event curation. Formally trained in architecture, her experience working across varying scales of the built environment have cultivated an interest in the relationship between spatial psychology and architectural economics. She maintains a multi-disciplinary practice by regularly collaborating with specialists beyond her field of knowledge.

Leah Ginnivan AU
Sofia Larsson SE
Peter Stone AU
Anna Wikberg SE
Jakub Jílek CR
Angela Woda AU

Photo: Anna Wikberg

Angela will be part of KIOSK conversations on Wednesday 10th, where she will talk with Bettina Schwalm from Present-Futures about the value of intangibles.

13 Feb 14:00 — 18:00 Bidding Show on map