n Waterside Recreation, Marika Troili builds upon her interest in words’ capacity to establish their own systems of value. In previous bodies of work she has examined how a number of large companies officially communicate, now she has turned toward the voice of ‘the public’.
The source of the exhibition is in a number of documents from the City of Sundbyberg (in which Marabouparken konsthall is located.), concerning the city’s future development: Sundbyberg 2030 – Urban and Sustainable and Sundbyberg’s New City Centre, amongst others. In these documents the reader will encounter formulations like: “The beach promenade along the Bällsta Stream and Bällsta Bay will be developed into an attractive area, offering waterside recreation and a range of activities”. Hence the title and subject matter of Troili’s exhibition.
The speculative tone of the documents projects a stylised image of the future city, where the water in general, and the Bällsta Stream in particular, plays a significant role as driving force and as social and economical value. Through both studious readings of these documents, as well as methodical wandering and boat rides up the stream, Marika Troili has probed the flow of activity that both circumscribes the water and that the water gives rise to. This is interpreted and mirrored in the exhibition in a way that provides us with new perspectives on the processes that take place in and along the stream. In the gallery a spatial figuration takes form in which the water is both material and meaning.