Re-learning the Pause

2019.10.13 - 2019.10.13

Remixing Thoughts: Re-Learning the Pause

Live podcast and discussion on the idea of pause and recovery

Sunday, 13 October 2–3:30 pm
Röda Sten Konsthall
In Swedish

In a time dominated by quantifiers and widespread talk of “performance” and “productivity,” we invite you to a reflection on the idea of pause. Starting from Åsa Elzén’s work Transcript of a Fallow (Avskrift av en Träda) (2019), which is presented in the biennial, and A fallow (En Träda), a carpet commissioned in 1919 for the Fogelstad Library by Elisabeth Tamm, later a part of the Fogelstad Group, we gather to talk about ecology, time, and recovery. We will gather on the carpet together with thinkers from various fields and imagine ways of slowing down in order to avoid planetary and personal exhaustion.

The discussion is live-streamed as an episode of the podcast Märka, and is part of the Open Week design festival. Pella Thiel, an ecologist and nature rights activist, and Stina Bäckström, a philosopher, talk about recovery from an ecological and a psychological perspective.


Studio Märka invites to a third podcast episode witht the participation of designer Katja Pettersson, starting 16.00 in Röda Sten Restaurant.

*The program is a collaboration with the Open Week design festival at HDK, the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. 

Image: Elisabeth Tamm and Honorine Hermelin facing the camera with a group of participants from the Women Citizen’s School at Fogelstad, date unknown, photographer unknown. Part of Åsa Elzén’s project Transcript of a Fallow and video still from Why do things when you could leave it?— An attempt, an in-between land, video, 28 min, Åsa Elzén, 2019