Waiting Room (2014)


Waiting Room, Erik Sjödin 2014

For Survival Kit / Umeå, a five week art festival arranged by the artist run gallery Verkligheten in Umeå, I furnished a waiting room in the University Hospital of Umeå (one of the festivals exhibition venues) with a fishless aquaponics system and literature related to geodesic dome architecture and aquaponics.

The waiting room at Survival Kit / Umeå connects to the organisations Green Free Will's and Earth Organisation for Sustainability's ongoing efforts to build a "biodome" in Lögdeå, a small village outside of Umeå in Northern Sweden. A biodome is a dome shaped greenhouse with an aquaponics system for fish farming and vegetable cultivation. The aim with the biodome in Lögdeå is to find sustainable and comfortable solutions for local food production all year round, even during the cold and dark winters in Umeå. With my participation in the festival I aimed to introduce the biodome to a wider audience, place the biodome in a historical and contemporary context, and examine geodesic dome architecture and aquaponics. My participation in the festival also included facilitating a seminar about the biodome and presenting my work with the water plant Azolla.

The literature in the hospital waiting room included the following books:

The Book of The New Alchemists, by The New Alchemists
Drop City, by Peter Rabbit
From Bauhaus to Ecohouse, by Peder Anker
Eating In, by Sally Silverstone
Ideas and Integrities, by Buckminster Fuller
Shelter, by Lloyd Kahn

Waiting Room, Erik Sjödin 2014

In the waiting room there was also a publication produced for Suvival Kit / Umeå. The publication included the essay Utopia or Dementia as well as an explanation of the fishless aquaponics system in the waiting room and contributions from Green Free Will and Earth Organisation for Sustainability.

Biodome Seminar with Alexander Bascomb, Erik Sjödin 2014

During the biodome seminar Alexander Bascomb and Enrique Lescure from Green Free Will and Earth Organisation for Sustainability presented their organisations and their work with the Biodome in Lögdeå.

Thanks to; Survival Kit / Umeå and Verkligheten, Umeå Pantry and My Villages, Green Free Will, Earth Organisation for Sustainability, Sujy Lee, Stefano Papazian, Alexander Svartvatten, Bildmuseet i Umeå, and Längmanska kulturfonden.