Action/Collective reading: I want a president…, 2010 – ongoing

Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson, Fia-Stina Sandlund in collaboration with Zoe Leonard

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The collective reading I want a president… was first initiated by artists Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund in conjunction with the general election in Sweden 2010. We wanted to gather activists, artists, friends and colleagues as a response to an increasingly neoliberal political climate in a country just about to give space in parliament to an upcoming fascist, racist and homophobic party. In collaboration with artist Zoe Leonard we made an adaptation of her text I want a president… (1992) in Swedish. On the day before the election we gathered at Sergels Torg in Stockholm, a big square famous for it’s many public manifestations, and read the text together, over and over again, for one hour.

The first collective reading inspired a series of invitations from other countries going towards election. The project has now grown to the extent that we have decided to create a blog that will serve as a tool for those of you out there who want to organize your own reading. Read more about past readings and get the directions for how to proceed when making a collective reading.

Stockholm, Saturday September 18 2010, 1 pm at Sergels Torg.
Tallinn, Friday June 10 2011, 8pm on Freedom square at the stairs of the War of Independence Victory Column.
Copenhagen, Tuesday September 13 2011, 5pm at Rådhuspladsen.
Madrid, Thursday November 17 2011, 7pm at Plaza de Chueca.
Helsinki, Saturday January 21, 2012, 1pm at at Kolmen sepän patsas.
Paris, Saturday April 7, 2012, 2pm at Fontaine des Innocents

I want a president.pdf