Handshaking in Hökarängen: A Discussion of Art Projects as Methods for Producing the City Differently

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This text analyses the project Home Works, an art progam which took place in 2015-17 in the neighbourhood of Hökarängen in the south of Stockholm. The argument of the article is that Home Works can be seen as a socio-material practice of producing the city differently. I thus propose that Home Works provides an example of how art projects hold a potential as methodologies for enacting versions of the city that connect to contemporary social struggles as well as to the right to the city. The text applies a pragmatist, ANT-inspired methodology and proposes that urban realities are enacted through practices and co-shaped by the spatial and architectural environment. The text is thus an intervention into an art discourse that has been preoccupied with defining socially engaged art as communicative (as a layer of reality that can be added or removed) and with a trend in urban studies which views temporary art projects as subservient to gentrification-driven urban restructurings.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesPassepartout
Number of pages18
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Mar 2020


  • artistic research , performative methodology site specific urban intervention

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