Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Kajsa Dahlberg

(PhD Candidate 2016-)

Chronic Features – on the materiality and theatricality of time

‘This artistic research project is invested in rethinking and reimagining prevailing capitalist conceptions of terms such as ‘development’ and ‘progress’ by drawing inspiration from recent work in queer temporality studies. In short it tries to examine the effects and affects of what Elisabeth Freeman terms ‘chrono-normativity’: ‘the use of time to organise individual human bodies toward maximum productivity’.

It is an artistic investigation that will formally and technically experiment with disruptive temporalities, temporal gaps and narrative detours. One of the principles ideas of progress in the West was based on the idea that advances in technology, science, and social organisation can produce an improvement in the human condition and that these go hand in hand in a linear path. My project asks whether the tools for mediating chrono-normative timings of bodies can instead be used in ways that interrupt, confuse, or disturb normative historical narratives of progress and productivity.’

Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force, Kajsa Dahlberg, 2015

Collaboration between the Royal Institute of Art and Lund University.