'Kom och Fika': a coffee party that acts as an art installation and a meeting place during the exhibition 'Integration?' at Lunds Konsthall in Sweden
KOM OCH FIKA
'Kom och Fika': a coffee party that acts as an art installation and a meeting place during the exhibition 'Integration?' at Lunds Konsthall in Sweden. In Swedish, 'fika' means to have a cup of coffee together. Gossiping over coffee is part of the concept. In 'Kom och Fika', visitors are invited to have free coffee and cake. The cosy, comfortable atmosphere is, however, interrupted by voices. They are not loud, but they cannot go unnoticed. Eventually, attentive visitors will realise that the voices are gossiping, bad-mouthing someone. Comfort turns to discomfort, depending on who you are. 'Kom och Fika' addresses an everyday phenomenon familiar to us all, across cultural and social divides. Transposing the coffee party to an art institution and discussing it within this context make us aware of the mechanisms behind our ways of interacting and our ways of viewing ourselves and each other.
'Kom och Fika' (Bosch og Fjord) was presented at the exhibition ’Integration?’ at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden 2002, together with Forum (Rosan Bosch) 'Sound Detour' (Rosan Bosch) and alongside 'Intelligence' (Rosan Bosch).