Cluster 7 – The Experimental Field, time and discipline

Cluster 7 had its second meeting this weekend and decided to visit the exhibition “The Experimental Field” at Accelerator.

Andreas in the historical part of the exhibition.

Since our last meeting we have tried to come up with our own concept of time, outside of conventional structures like dates, hours and minutes. During our first meeting we had a long conversation about how the contemporary idea of time is constructed to serve specific purposes which largely have to do with productivity. We decided that it would make sense for us to find a new measure of time, which would serve the specific purposes of our group. It proved to be tricky, however, to set dates for upcoming meetings without a thoroughly established, collective understanding of the passing of time. Measuring it by the level of rot on a potato, for example, seemed too fickle of a concept and we had to accept that we are still bound to the “regular time” in our other ventures in life.

Andrea Zittel’s “Sufficient Self” on screen.
Therese interacting with Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén’s “Skogen kallar: ett oändligt kontaminerat samarbete eller dansandet är en form av skogskunskap, utsträckning #2”

After walking around the exhibition at Accelerator, we went into a long conversation about children. The question “What is a child, really?” was at the centre of this discussion and we debated creativity and rule-breaking as well as the ethicality and purpose of including children in works of art. This sparked a follow-up discussion on rules and discipline, which led us to decide that we wanted to place rules upon ourselves as part of this project, to explore our own relationship with establishment of boundaries and hierarchy. Unable to decide who should dictate our new rules for life, the entire group feeling hesitant towards bossing over the others, we decided to playfully adopt Jordan Peterson as a distant cluster father, under the premise that he already serves as a father figure for many and has a very specific set of ideal rules for life. Until next time, we will employ rules of his into our lives and explore in what ways we might rebel towards them – or revel in our now perfected lives.

Therese and Andreas interacting with Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén’s “Skogen kallar: ett oändligt kontaminerat samarbete eller dansandet är en form av skogskunskap, utsträckning #2”

Cluster 7 consists of artist and filmmaker Ida Lindgren, MA student of political economy Therese Christoffersson, MA student of demography Andreas Gustafsson and MA student of Curating art Paulina Granat. Our cluster is the only all Swedish-speaking group within the project, meaning that you might see a lot of material from us in Swedish rather than English.