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Råby Planet, 27 June 2017

Photo: Peter Hagdahl

Råby Planet, 27 June 2017

Photo: Peter Hagdahl

Råby Planet, 27 June 2017

Photo: Peter Hagdahl

Råby Planet, 27 June 2017

Photo: Peter Hagdahl

RÅBY, VÄSTERÅS

The idea of the adventure playground The Balloon has been resurrected. The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society was a legendary exhibition in the form of an adventure playground displayed at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1968, and later at Råby. The initiative came from Råby resident Irma Sohlman. Now the project continues in our own time.

In Råby in 1968-1969, children were at the top of the agenda. Råby resident Irma Sohlman bought the project the Model for a Qualitative Society from Moderna Museet in Stockholm and rebuilt it in Råby together with artist Palle Nielsen and locals. The project was named The Balloon. Today, almost 50 years later, the People’s Movement for Art Promotion Västmanland and Västerås Art Museum have breathed new life into the idea of an adventure playground project. In the summer of 2016, artist Ruben Wätte in collaboration with children, young people and adults in Råby, created the work The Grove – a temporary creative wilderness as part of their project The Balloon – Play for Real.

Råby residential area lies a few kilometres west of central Västerås. The Råby thoroughfare slices through the district and divides the area into two parts, northern and southern Råby. Southern Råby lacks a natural meeting place. This autumn, the City of Västerås intends to develop a zoning plan for a new residential district in southern Råby.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

The People’s Movement for Art Promotion Västmanland and the Västerås Art Museum’s art project The Balloon – Play for Real takes its starting point in the adventure playground that Irma Sohlman presented in Råby in the late 1960s. The goal of Art is Happening is to strengthen the project and explore topical discussions about a creative space for children and how children can develop through artistic processes. This summer artist Michael Beutler will conduct a workshop with local residents. Later this year he will present a sketch proposal for a permanent artwork. The community centre Knytpunkten works towards creating meeting places across generational boundaries and serves as a platform for the project.

WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE?

Michael Beutler, artist:

”Revisiting the site of “Ballongen”, the second manifestation of the legendary Moderna Museet exhibition and social experiment “Modellen” by Palle Nielsen, none of the game and wonder of the project seems to be present in this little Swedish village.

The question that occurred to me was, how to connect to a project like ”Modellen”, that in Råby was hosted inside of a balloon, in this suburban neighborhood in these days? The streets, houses, shops, centers are there to be seen, but what is in the people? Could there be a mechanism to reach out and make visible, who these people are, what they can do and what they cannot do?

Could the “Ballongen” be inverted, the game be turned to the outside into the streets and landscape of Råby and could a mysterious void be kept inside of a balloon big enough to pull attention from all sorts of people?

Could people be brought together through a game, that is simply just invented to do so?

Could a tradition be started with a story that took off fifty years ago but has never really been told to an end?

Could a game around a ridiculously big ball, be a reason for people to work together and pass on their skills?

Will the community agree to use a forest as a game field?

Would the community agree to build a shrine-like housing for a big empty ball next to the central playground?”

APPLICANTS

The People’s Movement for Art Promotion Västmanland
The City of Västerås