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THE NEW KISTA SCIENCE CITY MODEL THE NEW KISTA SCIENCE CITY MODEL was about location, public space and identity in the Rinkeby-Kista area of Stockholm. THE NEW KISTA SCIENCE CITY MODEL was exhibited within the framework of PERFORMING THE COMMON at Husby konsthall and Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2014.

As the title suggests the project’s was related to Kista Science City and the so-called Kista Model, an ecosystem for growth based on collaboration and new technology. In The New Kista Science City Model the vision of Kista Science City and Kista Model was transferred and formulated in the concept of an art institution “without walls”: an artistic activity that integrates with the location and its socio-political context within the framework for an interactive, collective and collaborative practice. Residents, associations, schools and companies, as well as interested artists, architects and scientists is invited to participate.

”The model comprises an artistic operation that, in line with the Kista Science City model, interacts with the place within the framework of an interactive, collective and collaborative praxis. By making this visible and by adopting the rhetoric of the Kista Science City, the common location is regained. The project is exhibited in Husby konsthall and at Jan Stenbecks torg in Kista.” (From catalogue Performing the Common, 2012)

”Thomas Liljenberg looks at how place is created, not from an individual perspective, but how a collective structure is constructed from the single actions of a crowd of people. His activities in Rinkeby-Kista highlight the role a collaborative artistic practice can play in reproducing and communicating the place as something in common. By imitating the making of an institution – the rhetoric and the rituals – he emphasized both the performative and the playful in the making. In the project The New Kista Science City Model, the brandbuilding and the concept around Kista Science City has been appropriated as the basis for an alternative art institution whose activities are based on local partnerships, collective creation, sharing and interactivity. In the project, the institution is literally portrayed in the form of a semi-transparent, mobile building, which is placed in various public and semi-public places in Rinkeby-Kista. The building is used in workshops, where the results are documented directly on the walls of the building, for immediate interaction with the outside world. By taking over the rhetoric of the science city, in combination with a participatory art practice in which residents are encouraged to take over the concept and the location, the project points to the opportunity and the role that an artistic practice can play in reclaiming and conquering the creation of meaning around the place.” (Performing the Common; Karin Hansson, Revolver Publishing, Berlin 2014)