EXHIBITION ON VIEW: HYGGE: DWELLING POETICALLY
James Wilson, Booth Fellow
Exhibition on view: September 20 - October 5, 2016
James Wilson (M.Arch. ’11), will present on his research funded by the Booth Fellowship, and his work will be featured in the Taubman College Gallery. Wilson's research investigates hygge, the Danish principle of close, cozy, conviviality, within the context of an architectural practice promoting human health and wellness. He attempts to answer, “What about the socio-cultural space of Denmark fosters wellness and sustainable behavior?" The exhibition aims to capture the atmospheric, material and ethnographic phenomenology of hygge, suggesting how architecture might contribute to the cultivation of sustainable cultures.
Exhibition Presentation by James Wilson Tuesday, September 20 at 12pm in the Art & Architecture Building Auditorium, followed by a reception in the college gallery to open the exhibition.
An Invitation to Participate in this Exhibition
One of the most commonly-used words in Denmark has no English translation. “Hygge”is often translated as “coziness.” Simply, hygge is about living in the moment. It’s about spending quality, peaceful time in a calm environment with no agenda. It’s about humor, warmth and making connections, spending time alone, and spending time with family. Following up on his Booth Fellowship research in Denmark, Wilson will ask the students, faculty and staff at the A&A Building to contribute to the exhibition, as hygge is about the appropriation and personalization of space. He has created a call for submissions asking students, faculty and staff to contribute written and visual content that will then be included in a large format, curated "album" or catalog - or collection of ideas in book form - which will form the main focus of the exhibition. A copy of each of this large, album-like book (designed so that it can be browsed by 2-3 people simultaneously) will be at each of the 3-4 small tables installed in the space and selected excerpts will be mounted on the gallery walls. There will also be shelves, boxes and frames attached to the walls so that students, faculty and staff can contribute objects or artifacts to the exhibit throughout its run.