“When you don't fit into society you were born in you are an Outlander, when you move to another country and don't fit in that society you are an Outlander. When you simply don’t fit in this world; you are an Outlander. An alien being looking for your…
“When you don't fit into society you were born in you are an Outlander, when you move to another country and don't fit in that society you are an Outlander. When you simply don’t fit in this world; you are an Outlander. An alien being looking for your kind.”
The Outlanders is a TV show about a couple living in Rinkeby one of the five suburbs* built during the Million Program** around the large former military field Järvafältet in the west of Stockholm. Is commonly known as a problem area and often describes in media as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods with highest crime rate in Sweden. Its also often put as an example of Sweden’s failure to integrate immigrants in the society as nearly 90% of its inhabitants are from immigrant backgrounds. As I live in the neighborhood I wanted to create a alternative image of people living here than what is usually portrayed in the media.
We follow the couple on their search for alien beings in the grate field behind their house. They try to contact them by sending out signals from a hilltop at Järvafältet, their wish is that the aliens will come and join them so they no longer will be the only Outlanders in Sweden. It was created within the project Husby TV, a cooperation between the Department of Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm University, Royal Institute of Art and Modern Museum of Art. The first episode was launched at Husby Carnival and at the Modern Museum in Stockholm. It has since then continued to grow and is now broadcasted through the web.
*Rinkeby, Tensta, Hjulsta, Akalla and Husby
**In the Million Program about1,006,000 new dwellings were built between 1965 and 1974 by the governing Swedish Social Democratic Party to make sure everyone could have a home at a reasonable price. Due to is poor esthetics the suburbs is often referred to as "concrete suburbs". One of the main aims behind the planning of these residential areas was to create "good democratic citizens". A principal aim, although ultimately unsuccessful, was to mix and integrate different groups of households through the spatial mixing of tenures.