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Sweden Dreams





Book by Thomas Liljenberg, Stockholm March 1998. 64p. A combination of dream texts and photographs of Swedish Prime Ministers. Offset printed. Paperbacked. Size 212 x 150 mm. ISBN 91-87066-11-4 (FE No. 73)

The book is published in relation to the exhibition Sverige Drömmer at Kalmar Konstmuseum and Sveriges Riksdagshus 1993

”In Sweden, as in many other places in the world where the economy has changes from being national to global, an economic crisis has evolved. The change from the modern industrial society to postmodern information society has primarily affected us by interest shocks, inflation, and increased unemployment.

However, the complicated network of events taking place, as a result of the economy and power are becoming internationalized, is not only leading to unstable financial market and employment situation. In a deeper and quite disturbing way, the globalization also interferes with the traditional picture of the society, which is the condition of the democracy and politics. That is the picture which conveys conformity between inner and outer and that the politics, as the wish of the people, would be sovereign in relation to the economy.

In earlier historical course of events, the open square market represented the definite center of the market and trade and the church symbolized the power. Today, both of these conclusive concepts are a part of a worldwide economical system, connected by the digital networks, abstract to the individual. Nevertheless, it is fiercely presented in her daily life. This lack of connection is a contributing factor to the psychological situation of the crisis. This is because, at the same time as we were forced to take on more and more responsibility – economically and socially – it has also become more difficult to get the feeling of participation in the economical and political processes which brought us there. It is as if our internal emotional picture of society no longer is coherent with the external one.

The fact, that we as individuals no longer can comprehend the social reality with our immediate experience, leads to irrational living conditions. Inasmuch as our perception of reality is authentic, it cannot be true, and if the scientific or officially percepted model of the same perception is true, it escape at the same time our individual experience.” (Thomas Liljenberg, Sweden Dreams, 1998)




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