TV in an expanded field
October 10th, 2012


Husby Channel is part of ongoing artistic research that experiments with construction of temporal commonality around the notion of value and public interest by developing media device to perform the emerging narrative and facilitate minor voices on the locale.

Building Car BBQ is an episode that is produced through a workshop that imagines “life after the car” – a hypothetical state where speed reduced for the sake of conversation and to imagine alternative scenarios in planning. Project intervenes zones of conflict escalated between the local inhabitants resisting redevelopment proposed by the city planners to “uplift” Husby, media stigmatized suburb in Stockholm, to “raise the value” and make it “more consumer attractive”.


Conceived as part of the Million Programme along with other neighbourhoods – Kista, Rinkeby, Tensta and Akalla, Husby is residential area developed “to create good democratic citizens”. This large suburban cluster is surrounded by Jarva – a green belt just twenty minutes on a subway away from downtown Stockholm. Informed by the success of early modernist suburbs like Vallingby, the planning in Husby proposed vertical separation of traffic and pedestrian grids, making this borough into continuous experience for walk and play. The effort invested into digging out the streets in the rock was combined with the natural terrain, whereas the rubble from excavating the streets was utilized forming several hills in the surrounding green belt. To emphasize idea of democracy and integration, the urban planners collaborated with artists to design playful visual perspectives setting the color codes as identities in these areas.


Since it was build in 70-ies this area became home for refugees escaping zones of conflict and war in Iran, Afghanistan, Irak, later Yugoslavia and Somalia. New immigrants adapted to Swedish modernist proposal making this typically homogenous areas into a peaceful retreat for multi-cultural others. Naturally the new settlers not only accepted the modernist planning idea of a garden city but also inhabited area with their own cultural assets like gardening culture, and oriental markets, community support and cultural centers, and with their own way to create public space.


As the area was growing the Swedish conservative media constructed public opinion. Images of burned-down cars and similar narratives of destructive character were building upon the stigmatizing criminal portrait of the area. In the recent debates city planners and developers use this media constructed image of suburban ghetto to build argument for gentrification and… uplifting of this area, so called Jarvalyftet project. It suggests to bring that excavated debris back to fill the dag out streets making “people to meet cars” with proposal to increase consumption culture in the area.


The technique of uplifting naturally has cost which is not affordable by refugees and immigrants. So the area that was home for several generations is becoming zone of confrontation between city planners and investors on one side and local citizens on the other.

Husby Channel project intervenes this conflict by proposing a local media device that would provide and facilitate new cultural narrative. Choosing a tour as medium to collect local minor narratives Husby Channel maps the crime scenes of burned down cars, and suggests to convert the stigmatizing violent image to the media device that would bring together local stories and through that construct commonality. Interviews are produced with local youth activists, founders of Iranian radio in opposition, gardening enthusiasts, police officer, municipal planner, cultural entrepreneur and architecture professor developing forms of radical pedagogy.


The building of the car is a workshop process that involves participants of a local rehab center welding the grill, local school pupils constructing the model of the automobile, community members helping to carry it throughout the suburb and finally burning it down as part of the block party grill.

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The Husby Channel uses the dramatic structure of the television to problematize a notorious media image of this suburban area. Hereby, television episodes work as chronological course of actions; they take on the shape of a conducted tour to construct a new reality — an immersive universe. The wooden model of automobile is turned into the media device for those that are considered “black holes” of informational capitalism. Here the car model is turned into a character that follows the chronological course of actions to investigate the area of Husby and research its history of dissent. The audience helping to carry automobile follows the character, thus simultaneously observing and participating in the construction of several episodes. To increase the level of participation, the audience itself operates as the characters’ “Alter Ego”.

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October 7th, 2012

Non Finito

Initiated by Jacquelyn Davis to assist and connect Husby creatives with those living and residing elsewhere, Non Finito is a tool to unite creatives and collaborators who attempt to complete “unfinished” or “unrealized” projects in an organic, evolving archive.

Influenced by the Renaissance and utilized by proverbial artists such as Donatello and Michelangelo, Non Finito currently stands as a work in progress—much like the works which this project aspires to both archive and share after the Non Finito project is actualized. The term “non finito” is a sculpting technique where a specific work remains unfinished or incomplete—sometimes deliberately. This concept sparks inquiries such as: when is a project considered a success vs. a failure? What happens when an unfinished, unrealized or incomplete work becomes readily available for someone other than the “original” creator to adopt, so as to finish, complete or take into a new direction? What collaboration methods will emerge to connect local creatives with those from other milieus? How can creative energy which appears to be unused, dormant or stifled be recycled or unleashed?

The process is simple: (1) anyone anywhere submits an unrealized or unfinished project to be collected alongside other unfinished works in an accessible online archive; (2) someone else “adopts” an unfinished project from a number of unfinished projects displayed and attempts to complete or finish the chosen project; (3) the “surrogate” then submits a new, more final version of the once unfinished project to be displayed online; and (4) the cycle ideally continues infinitely (i.e. someone else can adopt the latest version of any project and proceed to finish or expand upon it). Non Finito intends to be a tool to unite local artists with those elsewhere and also serve as an open platform to promote intercultural, experimental collaboration techniques between artists of ranging expertise. Non Finito is under construction but will be complete autumn/winter 2012 as an organic archive and engaging inquiry into authorship, ownership and exchange.

This online project plans to officially launch autumn/winter 2012. It is an experimental supplement to the Husby Channel.

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September 14th, 2012


Tuesday, September 11 2012. Daniela visited Husby today and witnessed an aftermath of burning motobike barbecue? performance. She wrote: “How do you know your art is relevant? Maybe when its actively reproduced”…

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August 25th, 2012

guided tour

Saturday, August 25, 2012.Today we are presenting the 8th episode of Husby Channel – tv in an expanded field. The model of the car will guide the audience through Husby neighbourhood in Stockholm. The procession will leave from Husby Gard at 4:15 pm and will continue for one hour via Trondheimsgatan up to the subway station and market places with several stops on the way. After the tour the car will be burned and will become a barbeque for the audience next to the Husby Konsthall.

















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August 24th, 2012

getting ready for the tour

Friday August 24, 2012. The team gets ready for Saturday car tour through the city of Husby and the barbecue at Husby Gard after the tour.



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August 22nd, 2012

designing an eco-hybrid

Wednesday August 22, 2012. Giacomo is designing the first car in his life. It’s going to be an eco-hybrid, between Volvo classic, VW Jetta and Trabant.





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August 22nd, 2012

building the car barbeque

Wednesday, Augut 22, 2012. We rent a truck at Statoil and collect the material for a car barbeque. The grill is getting done at Husby metal workshop.


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August 21st, 2012

negotiating colaboration with local welders

Tuesday August 21, 2012. Meeting Sven and local welders to discuss how to build the grill.

Giacomo measures Siri’s car as a prototype.


Inspecting the site for the barbeque with Karin.

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August 21st, 2012

Ami’s poster for the workshop

Poster for the workshop on Saturday, August 25 2012


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August 21st, 2012

Poster for the buildingcarbarbeque workshop

Tuesday August 21, 2012. Poster for the upcoming car workshop.

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August 9th, 2012


The Conducted Tour as Grand Narrative
by Daniela Lazoroska and Mirko Lempert

We work with a variety of art formats using the dramatic structure of the medium television to problematize a notorious media image of an urban area. Hereby the art formats or so called episodes work as chronological course of actions, take on the shape of a conducted tour and through that construct a new reality, an immersive universe. The story goes as follows:
A journalist from a big news publisher is sent to Husby to write a column about a place with a predetermined media image. The journalist is on a mission. After his/her arrival he/she will follow the chronological course of actions to investigate the area of Husby and do some research. The audience will follow the journalist, thus simultaneously observing the episodes, as well as the journalists work of research. To increase the level of participation for the audience, the audience itself operates as the journalists “Alter Ego”. Aim of the tour should be as Judith Barry (Media and Me in Are You Ready for TV?, 2010) says constructing subject positions which allows the audience to get a more complex image of the problématique, the distorted media image of that area.

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Stockholm, August 2012

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July 28th, 2012

collaborative cooking test

July 28, 2012. Ami, Mirko and their friends practicing collaborative cooking.

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July 11th, 2012

Barbeque test

July 4. Daniella, her friends and Giacomo doing the barbeque test at Husby Gard.


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July 10th, 2012

Johny Lindh, former chief police for the Järva area at Kista Police Station

Daniella and Giacomo visits Kista Police Station and meets with Johny Lindh, former chief of police, who recently researches car burning on the area.


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July 8th, 2012

fieldtrip no.4 STADSHUSET

On Thursday, June 21 2012 we conducted our 4th field trip to Stadshuset to meet with Magnus Andersson, representative and manager for the JarvaLyftet.

We had to register our names at the reception desk.



Technology was on strike that day at the main meeting room of Stadshuset in favor to our great  interest in arts.
Magnus had to draw their visions of the Husby future on the white board.


Participants were not entirely convinced by the drawing or the vision. Neither Magnus himself.

Despite the difference of opinions the meeting was highly successful, Magnus was very positive, helpful and engaged in conversation and dedicated to us almost two hours from his intense agenda before leaving for the Midsummer break.


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July 7th, 2012

Fashion Show at Husby Gard

Art Camp Summer 2012 Fashion Show at Husby Konsthall

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July 5th, 2012

discgolfpark or cemetery

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July 5th, 2012

Stockholmsporten master plan

winning team for the Stockholmsporten master plan competition to design an inviting new entrance portal into Stockholm at the intersection of a newly planned super-junction.

The traffic junction ‘Hjulsta’ is being planned in the north of Stockholm, where the two highways E18 and E4 Stockholm Bypass meets in a three level intersection. The roads create physical and visual barriers between the surrounding neighbourhoods and divide the area into four parts.

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July 5th, 2012

Spår: Järva Cemetery Competition / Raphael França and Adrien Mondine

Project by Raphael França and Adrien Mondine

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June 20th, 2012

Studion TV

Husby Channel at Studion Moderna Museet Stockholm


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June 19th, 2012

map of hopes

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June 18th, 2012

fieldtrip no. 3. Dialogen

June 18 2012. Field trip in search of the dialogue (JarvaDialogen).


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June 18th, 2012

fieldtrip no.3. Che

June 18 2012. Meeting Che of Husby.

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June 18th, 2012

fieldtrip no.3. Megafon

June 18 2012. Meeting Megafon and Portuguese youth at Husby Traff.

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June 18th, 2012

united colors of husby

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June 18th, 2012


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June 14th, 2012

fieldtrip no.2. Fareed

June 14 2012. Second field trip to Husby. Meeting with Fareed. Sketching ideas.


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June 8th, 2012


by Aramburus
skin-color-positive discrimination-stereotypes

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June 8th, 2012


by Valentin
Migrating-memories-dreams-cross-dressing-provocation-test-blond wigs-blue lenses



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June 8th, 2012

Låt Mig Smaka!

by Ami
food-culture-exchange-highly skilled amateur chefs

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June 8th, 2012

Weather forecast

by Nathalie
Mapping of areas, nonsense comedian, fiction

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June 8th, 2012

Traffik experiment

by Nathalie


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June 7th, 2012

fieldtrip no.1

June 7, 2012 . First field trip to Husby. Guided by Rut.

In search of the locations.


Local sign systems

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June 7th, 2012


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June 4th, 2012

husby channel: TV in the Expanded Field

WHAT: Husby Channel: TV in the Expanded Field investigates uses of the democratic games in connection to citizenship and participation related to the urban development of the area Kista-Rinkeby in Stockholm

WHERE: Husby area, Studion Moderna Museet Stockholm

WHEN: June–September 2012

WHO: Urbonas Studio: artists Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, architect Giacomo Castagnola;
participants: Daniela Lazoroska, Mirko Lempert, Nathalie Wuerth, Rut Karin Zettergren, Ami Kohara, Valentin Brutaru, Jacquelyn Davis

Husby Channel is part of a research project with the support of the Department of Computer and System Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University, School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, The Royal Institute of Art and Moderna Museet Stockholm.

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