About the project
This study explores the role of participatory art spaces in changing ideas of integration in Sweden. Examining two Malmö organizations dedicated to collaborative expressive practice in the context of an era of unprecedented migration, the project deploys theories of aesthetics, performance, and cultural geography; and utilizes ethnomimetic research methods to address the following research questions: How do spaces dedicated to artistic collaboration contribute to changing popular notions and personal experiences of integration? Which artistic practices engender these changing dynamics? What sorts of new publics are generated by these practices and spaces?
The study aims to place these organizations in relation to each other, to Malmö city, and to the Swedish state, in order to both track the state’s involvement in civil society integration projects, and to examine recent efforts to complicate that involvement at the level of collaborative practice and everyday life. Additionally, it adds to the extant literature on migration, urban studies, and expressive practice by including multiple, scaffolded perspectives: not only the perspectives of the state and people with migration experience, but also the perspectives of native Swedes living in Malmö.