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THE GREEN ROOM

Medverkande: Hannah Clarkson, Dovilė Bernadisiūtė, Carl Richard Söderström, AnnaCarin Jonsson, Carina Nyberg, Supawan Morris och Esther de Groot

Utställningen The Green Room lägger fram resultaten av sju forskande projekt som utvecklats i programmet ResearchLab CRAFT på Konstfack under 2017/2018. The Green Room visas i konsthallens Formstudio.

Hannah Clarkson, Dovilė Bernadisiūtė, Carl Richard Söderström, AnnaCarin Jonsson, Carina Nyberg, Supawan Morris och Esther de Groot visar vad de fördjupat sig i, samlat – och kanske även varit osäkra på skulle kunna presenteras i utställningsform. Besökarna är även välkomna att ta del av mer om varje konstnärs projekt och perspektiv på konstnärlig forskning genom publikationen The Green Room, en skrift som ingår i utställningen på Gustavsbergs Konsthall.

What is it about the Wizard of Oz that keeps drawing us back?

It seemed to be on every Christmas and to last for hours, but each time it gave something else. Was it the jolt as the screen went from black and white to colour, the blend of homely comfort and disturbing flying monkeys, or the blend of characters on the yellow brick road, each of whom brought a different aspect to the experience of journeying to somewhere unknown?

One of the fundamentals of research is to have a research question at the heart of a project. While the journey may be circuitous and lead to any number of dead ends, without that focused quest for knowledge, we might never know when we are getting towards the emerald city. Mirroring Dorothy and her friends' realisation that the great Oz is nothing more than a man behind a curtain, as we pursue knowledge and look for ever deeper understanding we begin to realise that for nearly all questions in the arts and humanities, the answer will probably be 'maybe, sometimes, possibly'.

Complicated questions rarely result in simple answers. Practice based research in the arts is a relatively new field and with each new research project, the field gets mapped in a more comprehensive way for those researchers following. There are any number of possible paths to take, but hopefully they will all lead to the same place - a better understanding of ourselves and our world.

There really is no place like home.

Matt Smith, Professor of Craft, Konstfack

Utställningen visades 2 september-16 september 2018.

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