On January 7th, Total Effekt will begin work on Living Magazine as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue, and grounds for experimentation.
Throughout their Session, Total Effekt will research and develop a new publication, titled Living Magazine. To create this journal, the artists will conduct a speculative archaeological study of “the home,” examining the practical and symbolic value of the dwelling and its constituent parts. Living Magazine’s contents will envision furniture for rooms that do not yet exist, propose updated standards for inhabiting a room, and outline novel methods for reprogramming perceptions of our surroundings.
Total Effekt will generate materials for the publication by researching present and historical references related to the home (such as designs, exhibitions, and texts), collecting stories from Recess visitors and invited guests about meaningful spaces, commissioning texts that interpret and expand upon the accumulated stories, and creating objects that respond and give form to the project’s findings. Recess will act as a hub for these activities and a showroom for the prototyped, interactive objects, which visitors will be invited to test.
As a complement to their editorial work, the artists will stage two Living Room events in order to present additional materials (films, texts, resources) related to the their research as the starting point for in-depth discussions with visitors. At the conclusion of the Session, Total Effekt will release Living Magazine, which, in its finished form, will freely juxtapose the texts, images, and documentation that results from their investigation of the home, presenting myriad possibilities for our future relationships to our domestic environments.
About the Artists:
Total Effekt brings together the different professions of its members (Aron Kullander-Östling, Stina Löfgren, and Pål Rodenius), who collectively work in a no-frills manner to create happenings that aim to foster physical and social interaction. Since 2011, Total Effekt has been working on a series of events that have engaged the audience in different ways—through concerts, an urban pop-up bar, kinetic workout sculptures, and chill-out architecture.