Moving Mass is an artistic enquiry with a point of departure in the concept of The Kingdom of Crystal* and the material glass, carried out in dialogue with that which is currently going on in the region through on-site investigations and portrayal of the history, context and conditions of the Swedish glass industry, and in exchange with those who were and still are dependent on this industry. The project Moving Mass is a collaboration between six Swedish artists: Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustavsson Fürst, Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg. All the artists share the ambition to relate their artistic practices regarding aesthetics, methods and materials to questions about the local and global community development.
* The Swedish national identity connected to glass has its roots in an area described as The Kingdom of Crystal in Småland in southern Sweden. The Kingdom of Crystal is marketed as a living industrial region; however, both the Åfors and Orrefors glassworks has recently closed down and much of the production today takes place abroad. What will be the new sense of community in the region when the glassworks are closed down? Is it possible to gather around a concept that has not yet received a content grounded in reality? How is it to continue living in the glassworks environments when most of the activity has terminated and the production moved elsewhere? How does this affect the individual human being and what does it do to the regional identity? To discuss issues such as these on site in the Kingdom of Crystal is the most important aim of the project, an aim implemented by the project creating forums for exchange of ideas and thoughts on glass as a cultural heritage and the history thereof.
Moving Mass enables residencies and workshops at various locations in the region, seminars, an exhibition at Kalmar konstmuseum in December-February 2015 and an adjoining conference in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden on the theme of site-specific projects with a point of departure in the different issues of rural and de-industrialized regions (early spring 2016). The project is carried out in dialogue with Kalmar konstmuseum, The Glass Factory and The Design Archive Pukeberg and is supported by The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Regionförbundet and Nybro Municipality.