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Exhibition: The Continuous Surface of the Welfare State

  • Allkonstrummet Hamburgsvägen 9 Stockholm, Stockholms län, 115 41 Sweden (map)

Jan. 12 (Opening 17-22)
Jan. 17-20 (Open 17-20)
Jan. 21 (Open 12-17 Public Program at 14h)
Jan. 22 (Open 12-17 Public Program at 14h)

Zimm Hall presents:
Secretary (Karin Matz, Rutger Sjögrim, Helen Runting)
Artists: Klas Eriksson, Kanslibyrån, Mattias Bäcklin

The Continuous Surface of the Welfare State
A Survey on the Architectures of Democracy

Between people and government, there is a “state of things”, physical spaces and surfaces. The citizens encounter these as a material interface: slick and sticky, permeable and durable; slow, monumental, and quotidian; and always deeply material. The state in this sense finds an armature in architecture, the discipline through which it literally takes form, as spaces in which we inhabit and occupy democracy.
Bored, lonely, nervous, jubilant, we meet the state in waiting rooms, over reception desks, in the approach to counters, in hallways, in online forms, through small machines that ask us to “rate our experience.” In this exhibition, we wish to focus on the architectural surfaces of the democratic state. The welfare state is still present. It’s not yet lost and thus not legitimately subject to either nostalgia or dismissal. The welfare state is an incredible achievement but it is also fragile. It is a project requiring constant care and maintenance, particularly in the face of recent concerns on representative democracy following the apparent “failures” of Brexit/Trump elections. The physical contact with the state is steadily diminishing, the physical interfaces are replaced by digital services, over-the-counter contact is replaced by self-administration, and to this we add the current frustration and discontent with governance and the disassociation with common assets.

Exhibition 12-22 January 2017

When did we lose contact with the state? When was the last time you met a civil servant, in an environment dedicated to meeting the needs of people? Do we need to restore the surfaces to mind, if not to physical space? In proposing to explore the polemic “Reclaim the State,” we are interested first and foremost in interrogating the affective surface of democracy. To reclaim the state suggests a re-evaluation and reaffirmation of its architectures and the support they provide. 
This exhibition performs an architectural and archeological survey of democracy by focusing on its very spaces and surfaces. We explore the remnant surfaces of the state and the ever diminishing physical interfaces of democracy as we knew and recognised it. A public program will take place in the exhibition 12-22 January 2017.
PROGRAMME 21+22 January 2017

21 januari kl 14-16
With explicit reference to the evidence base presented in the
exhibition - and together with 5 invited guests working in the
fields of architectural history, theory, and design - Secretary
will conduct a public inquiry that will critically interrogate
how the surface of the welfare state is designed, imagined,
commissioned, managed, and (de)materialised.
22 januari kl 14-16
Finissage with a discussion on the future of the welfare state,
as a physical and mental presence in our everyday lives. Invited guests and exhibitors engage in a projective dialogue about the relevance and maintenance of the public realm.

Zimm Hall grundades 2015 som ett mobilt galleri för konst och arkitektur. Zimm Hall drivs av Malin Zimm och Mattias Bäcklin.

Earlier Event: January 7
The room is not availiable