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Living Magasine

Total Effekt

A photo of Total Effekt
A photo of Total Effekt

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

January 7–March 5, 2016

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Throughout their Session, Total Effekt researched and developed a new publication, titled Living Magasine. To create this journal, the artists conducted a speculative archaeological study of “the home,” examining the practical and symbolic value of the dwelling and its constituent parts.

Total Effekt generated materials for the publication by researching present and historical references related to the home (such as designs, exhibitions, and texts), collecting stories from Recess visitors and invited guests about meaningful spaces, commissioning texts that interpret and expand upon the accumulated stories, and creating objects that respond and give form to the project’s findings. Recess acted as a hub for these activities and a showroom for the prototyped, interactive objects.

As a complement to their editorial work, the artists staged two Living Room events in order to present materials related to the their research. At the conclusion of the Session, Total Effekt released Living Magasine, which, freely juxtaposes the texts, images, and documentation that resulted from their investigation of the home, presenting myriad possibilities for our future relationships to our domestic environments. Living Magasine is currently available in Recess’s space and at Printed Matter.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Total Effekt


Total Effekt brings together the different professions of its members (Aron Kullander-Östling, Stina Löfgren, and Pål Rodenius), who collectively work in a no-frills manner to create happenings that aim to foster physical and social interaction. Since 2011, Total Effekt has been working on a series of events that have engaged the audience in different ways—through concerts, an urban pop-up bar, kinetic workout sculptures, and chill-out architecture.


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