Action Archive / Aktion Arkiv

Is a group initiated by researchers and architects Helena Mattsson, Meike Schalk and artist/architect Sara Brolund de Carvalho. Their methods are based on collaborative formats, such as participatory action research, and simultaneously, these formats are also part of the dissemination of the research. They have developed participatory historical records through public actions that bring together diverse actors and a public around urban cultural, historical, and political issues by employing experimental research formats such as witness seminars, walks, films, re-enactments, collective time-space mappings and Forum Theater.

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Action Archive was formed in 2013 on the occasion of the exhibition Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden at Tensta konsthall (Tensta Art Centre). The project was situated in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta, a neighbourhood associated with what is called the Swedish Million Program. Through three participatory actions, Action Archive was concerned with collectively rewriting a critical urban history of a brief period of participatory housing renewal, 1987–1992, in Tensta, of which there were no records.

In the exhibition at the Tensta Art Centre, Action Archive tried out a series of experimental practices, historical material was regenerated, and critical key terms were deployed and developed. The actions included a ‘witness seminar’ concerning the International Housing Renewal Conference 1989 that took place in Tensta, a guided tour with the enactment of a dinner commemorating the inauguration of the Glömminge renewal project 1992, in Tensta and a debate that mapped the recent production of common or civic spaces in Stockholm.