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The TV Trampoline / From Children’s Television to Contemporary Art and Literature

2022-10-21 to 2023-02-12

Childrens’ television in Sweden between 1965 and 1985 forms a particular cultural heritage. During this period, children’s television was much like a melting pot of different cultural and political references. It gathered cultural expressions from the two sides of the iron curtain as well as from the non-aligned and neutral countries. 
For the purpose of this exhibition, artists and writers have created new works inspired by childrens’ programs from this period, such as Gena the Crocodile (Soviet Union), Sesame Street (USA), Little Sandman (East Germany), Professor Balthazar (Yugoslavia), Fabeltjeskrant [The fables newspaper] (Netherlands), Havoc in Heaven (China), Once Upon a Time… Man (France), The Mole (Czechoslovakia), and Pippi Longstocking, Vilse i pannkakan [Lost in the pancake] and Tjejerna gör uppror [The Girls Revolt] from Sweden.  
Participants: Petra Bauer, Ida Börjel & Lo Hillarp, Andjeas Ejiksson, Annika Eriksson, Jennifer Hayashida, Salad Hilowle, Balsam Karam, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Runo Lagomarsino, Katarina Pirak Sikku and Olivia Plender. 
Up until the late 1980s, television in Sweden was only broadcast by the public service company Sveriges Television. Their mission was to entertain, socialize and educate. Children were regarded as conscious spectators who should not be prevented from learning about life and the world’s realities. Tales and fiction, birth and death, friendship and conflict, war and hardships – everything would fit into their programming, and one of their goals was also to include the children’s own voices. 

The TV Trampoline was initiated by Maria Lind and Andjeas Ejiksson, and was produced by Bildmuseet and Kalmar konstmuseum. The exhibition at Bildmuseet was curated by Maria Lind and Andjeas Ejiksson in collaboration with Sofia Johansson, Bildmuseet.