DUGNAD DAYS/DUGNADS DAGER
A video by Auroka Brekke. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Dugnad Days explores collective, bespoke processes of building resilience and the social sustainability of communities through participatory placemaking. By coopting the dugnad tradition of collective work and mutual support, we are reviving a longstanding cultural heritage of co-production and co-creation with citizens - practices fostering human and environmental wellbeing.
Dugnad Days is a live community project exhibited in the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale. It relates to the Triennale’s theme of degrowth as it applies a longstanding social practice of dugnad in a fresh way to foster local participatory design practices, resource sharing and co-management of the commons at Sletterløkka, an historic suburban area of Oslo. With artists, performers, architects and planners our development of bespoke dugnad activities and processes, with support from the local council, Bydel Bjerke and KORO - Public Art Norway, will help facilitate a renewal of local community wellbeing and self-determination through collaborative dugnads process with the local community of Sletteløkka.
We are programming, designing and renovating a vacant space into a grendehus (‘community house’) by staging three workshops including an idedugnad (ideas), drawing on the traditional practice of making a space for communities to discuss, learn and question ideas and values, and a byggedugnad (construction) making artefacts. Dugnad Days is on show at OAT 2019’s Library exhibition (27 Sept-24 Nov 2019), including an illustrated booklet about dugnad-inspired participatory processes for interested parties, a range of furniture for the grendehus.
A project curated and implemented by Lucy Bullivant, Mattias Josefsson, Alexander Eriksson Furunes, Maria Årthun and Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr.