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Uglycute / Hamnmagasinet

2014-11-22 to 2014-12-07

During autumn 2014, the artists and architects collective Uglycute worked together with a group of creative youths at Hamnmagasinet - a youth center in Umeå. Together they developed ideas and created new furniture for activities at  Hamnmagasinet. The result was on display during two weeks at Bildmuseet.

The art educational project and exhibition Uglycute / Hamnmagasinet is a collaboration between Bildmuseet and Moderna Museet during the year Umeå was European Capital of Culture. The goal was to promote young people's ideas about contemporary art and about the art museum as a site, and to share the knowledge of what art can be and how art is made.

Together with artist Jonas Nobel and architect Fredrik Stenberg from Uglycute, young people created, among other things, a new stage and a back-drop for the café at Hamnmagasinet - the heart of the youth house. This is also where the new working tables are placed as well as a furniture for video games. The furnitures reflect the many activities that the young people are engaged in: music, poetry, circus and creativity in various forms.

Uglycute works with an interdisciplinary approach to challenge and expand the concept of design; through their own production but also with the help of writing, teaching and workshops. The results of the meetings between Uglycute and the young people in Umeå will be on display in an exhibition inaugurated with an open house at Bildmuseet on 22 November. Visitors are invited to see and listen to the bands, dance groups and associations from Hamnmagasinet.

This art educational collaboration between Bildmuseet and the Moderna Museet during the European Capital of Culture were included in Museum Museum, a development project for art and learning. Thanks to the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University.