Suspended Activation


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Secretary (Karin Matz, Helen Runting, and Rutger Sjögrim). Photo: Sthlm Portrait Factory, 2021.

‘Suspended Activation’, designed by the Stockholm-based architecture office Secretary, is a spatial installation that explores the potential of what a playground can be and do, in the pressurised performance culture of late capitalism. Playgrounds and gyms share a mix of standardised equipment and pre-programmed activities; yet neither address the body at rest. ‘Suspended Activation’ produces a space for the recuperation, recreation, and relaxation, of bodies small and large. Repurposing the materials of fitness and physio equipment, the woven platform(s) holds bodies in suspension, allowing them to resist the call to programmed activation and find their own recreational posture.

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