All forms of consensus are by necessity based on acts of exclusion. — Chantal Mouffe
Skiljelinjer, Swedish for "lines of demarcation", is an architectural research project exploring new tools and decision-making frameworks for collaborative design processes. The project explores Mouffe's writings on agonism, i.e. processes driven by controversy instead of consensus, while at the same time acknowledging the potential of evolving and malleable decision-making protocols within collaborative processes.
The research is done through multiple workshops in different contexts with different user groups. Each workshop departs from a brief and specific decision-making framework. The users’ design together departing from the brief, using a custom augmented reality design app. The app lets the users co-create, vote on and fork proposals. The use of AR allows the virtual proposals to be situated in the physical environment they are designed for.
After each workshop session, the proposals are filtered depending on their ratio between upvotes and downvotes, which allow us to find either the most popular proposals, the least popular, or the most controversial. This way we can experiment with different decision-making protocols in deciding the outcome of the collaborative process.
Kiblix - December 2020
Skiljelinjer is currently part of the online exhibition Kiblix 2021 by ACE Kibla, an institution in the field of interdisciplinary, intermedia and multimedia art in Maribor, Slovenia.
Stockholm Design Week - February 2021
Skiljelinjer will be shown as a part of Ung Svensk Form 2021, first exhibited at Kulturhuset and then in 10 locations throughout Sweden until 2022. The visitors will be invited to co-create a virtual work departing from a brief that changes with each location, the result of which will be presented on 3 screens in the exhibition space.
Read more about the research and download the app on skiljelinjer.se
Skiljelinjer is created in collaboration with Sebastian Dahlqvist and Rosa Danenberg.
Sebastian Dahlqvist is an artist and curator, who’s practice involves collaborations and departs from site-specific issues with an interest in self-organization, collective memory and ways of reading and writing history.
Rosa Danenberg is PhD Candidate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, dept. Urban Planning and Environment, division Urban and Regional studies, and is affiliated with the Centre of the Future of Places. She has previously worked with grassroots community initiatives in both Sweden and the Netherlands.
The project is supported with funding from Kulturbryggan.