Reasearch project led By Karin Hansson, Artist and PhD student at Department for Computer and Systems Science (DSV), Stockholm University & The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

An important part of Swedish development aid is to strengthen democracy and innovation in developing countries using information communication technology. But is the position of the enlightened Westerner still possible in a post-colonial globalized world? How strong is democracy in one of the nodes, Kista Science City, where the experts of e-democracy are situated? In Performing Structure the perspective is twisted; the idea of who needs help; the norms of what constitutes democracy. Artists from post-colonial and post-Soviet countries will work together with local artists and examine the place and its surroundings from a perspective of democracy and participation. In 2012 an exhibition will take place in the public domain Kista-Rinkeby.

Participants are; Shiva Anoushivani, Stefan Rusu, Khoj Workshop, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Shakir Attiyah, Per Hasselberg, Nils Claesson, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Torsten Jurell, Åsa Andersson Broms, Karin Hansson and Thomas Liljenberg, students at the Interaction Design Program at Department of Computer & Systems Sciences and students at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

The project is part of an artistic research at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm & Stockholm University where the concept participatory democracy is examined from various points of views through seminars, workshops and artists work. The starting point for the investigation is the place Kista-Rinkeby and how information communication technology can remodel a place through processes of globalization.

The project is conducted in relation to a research project on multimodal communication and democratic decision-making at Stockholm University (SU) & Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm ( The project is also organized in relation to courses at the Royal Institute of Art & The Interaction Design Program at Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, SU.