Living Documents

When working with art in live situations, documentation tends to be the necessary evil where the work is forced to change to something rather static. In Living Documents we are embracing  this friction by examining documentation formats and approaching work of us and our colleagues with documentary methods. We are also playing with what "ephemeral documentation" possibly can be.

After an initial phase in atumn 2017 we began working with loops. For us, the format of the loop creates different access to how something can be “read”. Live-loops borrow  the quality of recordings in that they can be viewed / played over and over but since we and the audiences present are unavoidably different every time, the loop also enhances the live situation by making small differences visible in conjunction with memory.

In May 2019 we premiered Living Documents I-V coproduced by MDT Stockholm and in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Östasiatiska Museet and Statens Fastighetsverk. Some insight into the process can be found here.



Living Documents I – V 5 looped Performance-installations connected through a walk on the island of Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 25, 26 May 2019. Visitors could come and go at any point between 14.00-17.00.

Development Team:

Concept & Documentation: Charlotta Ruth, Dominik Grünbühel

Choreography & Performance: Peter Mills, Anna Öberg, Jenni Elina von Bagh,

Charlotta Ruth, Dominik Grünbühel

Sound Design and Programming: Johannes Burström

Space-Design: Sofia Romberg, Luke Baio

Graphic Design: Maiko Sakurai, Abudi Alsaleh

Essay: Vendela Grundell

Coordination: Julia Kolehmainen

Additional Development Team 2017:

Dramaturgy: Julian Vogel

Sound Design: Johannes Burström

Space Design: Andreas Strauss

Programming:Johanna Pfabigan

Technique: Roman Harrer

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