KAC (kistaartcity) is located in Rinkeby-Kista, one of Stockholm’s most expansive areas regard to business, research and urban development. The area is home to over 45 000 people. Rinkeby was created in the late 1960s and is today associated with high degree of immigration, unemployment and low education. Located next to Rinkeby is Kista, being a result of the hope in the new ITC industry and is called ”Sweden’s Silicon Valley”.
The aim is to explore how art can develop practices that remodel and rethink the concept of place through processes of participatory learning, exchange and local empowerment. The project takes place in the form of workshops, exhibitions, Public Art and collaborative art works, in which artists, local players, citizens, and students can reconstruct and discuss site within the framework of a collective and collaborative artistic practice.
A fundamental thought behind the project is that Public Art can play an expanded role in the development of the city. Not primarily as ornamentation or decoration – but as a real opportunity for citizens to recreate the city and society as a collective, shared work. The questions that arise are intimately connected with the individual’s democratic “right” to live, express oneself, influence, use and change the physical shape of the city and one’s own identity.