Charged Utopia

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Charged Utopia is an ongoing Research through Design project, curated by the Umeå School of Architecture (Umeå University) and RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute), in collaboration with Norrbyskär Museum, Umeå Kommun, KFUM and RATS Research, Arts & Technology for Society (Stockholm University), with the participation of Hans Ola Stenlund.


In Norrbyskär 1895 the industrial magnate Frans Kempe created the workers society of his dreams. He placed an essential lumber factory on the island and conditioned the comfortable houses, the school and healthcare for the workers with their abstention from involvement in unions and drinking.

Charged Utopia points to the price that every utopian vision pays.


The first manifestation of this research project has taken place on the 19th of August 2016 in the shape of an interactive exhibition on the road to Norrbyskär, on the island and in Norrbyskärs museum. The experience has drawn from the rich historical material from Norrbyskär and staged it in dialogue with current questions on immigration and the challenged utopia of the Swedish Folkhemmet.

Along the way to the Museum, visitors found posts, that confronted them with questions about the kind of citizen of Utopia they want to become.

Once reached the Museum hall, visitors could take the time to explore the consequences of their answers and were finally granted the passport to Utopia.


This event was followed by a debate, moderated by Stina Haglund, where Nicola Fackel, director of the Norrbyskärs Museum, Ana Betancour, head of the Umeå School of Architecture and Peter Juneblad, business alderman of Umeå Kommun took place.