Adam Bergholm

Re-imagineering cities

Through artistic interventions I explore how urban life can recover its capacity for the production of imagination in public space. Besides empirical research, it includes sociological studies on the interrelation between the atmospherics of city life and the city dwellers' states of mind and the mechanisms guiding the historical evolution of people's mental experience of metropolitan life; how people shape cities and cities shape people. I will proceed from my previous artistic research, where I’ve focused on the imaginary force of the subterranea, to an investigation of further urban architectural and spacial elements which share the same potential. I argue that the major element of imagination in our contemporary public space is based on consumer fantasy; an imagination that reproduces the current condition. As such it needs to be reappropriated.

Updated: 30 May 2017
Author: Olga Karlsson