Screening the Family Trees
prodject under development, 2023-2024
This project explores design through the digital medium in a museum context. The project is a collaboration between me and the museum Lilla Änggården.
Lilla Änggården is a museum that consists of both buildings and a park. The museum tells the story of the well-off Grén family who lived in this place between the years 1840–1963. Arvid Grén, the first estate owner in the Grén family planted a tree for each family member in the park.
Lilla Änggården and the family trees
a XR experience
The museum Lilla Änggården tells the story of family Grén. Although the focus is on the family, certain members are not particularly visible in the story. Arvid Grén had 5 children where three of these children did not survive beyond the ages of 15 years, 1 year, and 4 years. There are very few stories about these children at the museum.
The children have captured my attention and from this starting point, I have focused my exploration. The silent story about the children has awakened a sadness in me, the fact that they are not visible either in life or for the loss that happened.
Based on this, the projects have become an exploration of both XR and grief as a form of display at the museum. So far during development, the experience has been tested as both web-based VR and with a VR headset.
Glimpses of the process
MOURNING A STRANGER
An exhibition together with Hugo Pilate
Can you mourn that which you have not lived alongside of? And if not, what are you to do when echoes of their lives brush up against you? Traces of past lives surround us, in the gentle giants of the Gothenburg harbor cranes, to the lasting impact of the Grén family's commitment to the green urban spaces of Gothenburg. If it is clear how we might visit them out of curiosity, or to pay our respects, it is less evident how they inhabit us in our daily lives and help us channel our imaginaries, our convictions, our losses.
Over the course of a week, we went on walks to two different areas, chosen for the stranger they represented, and captured 3D scans along the way. Through this process, we explored our respective, distant, relationship to two very different strangers through the very very imperfect craft of photogrammetry. These scans were then rendered and collaged to create artworks on the walls. Together the body of work explores the role of the creative process in paying tribute to those whose lives have passed.