Know Yourself
Kulturhuset, Stockholm, February 14 – May 9, 2010

How do our feelings arise? Where is the self located? Why do we become afraid? These are vitally important questions no matter how old we are. Every day children, young people and adults train the various skills necessary to function in society, but how do we practice understanding and communicating our feelings, our consciousness, our senses?
Know Yourself can be described as a hybrid, something between an exhibition and a performance – it is composed as a tour of experiences. It is about emotions and our consciousness and is based in part on children’s and young people’s own thoughts and questions about feelings. Article 31 of the UN Child Convention declares every child’s right to freely participate in culture and art. How a child can exercise that right has been one of the points of departure for this exhibition and the work of the Swedish association, Article 31 Förening.
For the last two years a group of children between 8 and 12 years old have participated in a series of workshops with the artists Bigert & Bergström. Together they have produced the exhibition’s settings and the various themes of the exhibition spaces, which are joined up in a way that recalls the different zones and convolutions of the brain. Scientists researching the brain, dramatists, puppet-makers and other experts have also been involved at various times in the process.
Know Yourself depicts various narratives about the ability of the human brain to feel. The title admonishes you to stop and concentrate your feelings; to use your tentacles and antennae, your  intuition to examine all the different parts of the exhibition. You can be taken through the rooms by a host, who in a dramatised narrative, relates the rooms’ themes – or you can go on your own. Take your time – sensing your feelings is not done quickly.
The exhibition was initiated by and produced in cooperation with Förening Article 31 and with financial support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund, whose contribution has been crucial for carrying out the project.
 

Mystery of the Human Mind, Robert Fludd, 1617.
Brain waves measured by EEG.
One of the brains 100 billion neurons.
1/ Delta-wave, freq.= 1 - 3 Hz.  2/ Theta-wave, freq.= 4 - 7 Hz.  3/ Alpha-wave, freq.= 8 - 13 Hz.  4/ Beta-wave, freq.= 14 - 30 Hz.  5/ Gamma-vågor, frekv.= 30 - 80 Hz.  6/ Snabba vågor, frekv.= 80 - 200 Hz.  7/ Ultrasnabba vågor, frekv.= 200 - 600 Hz.
Brainbow
Phrenologic head
A full grown human brain weighs approximately 1,4 kg.
Proposal for addition to "Kristallvertikalaccent" by Edvin Öhrström, 1974, Sergels Torg, Stockholm.
The Model, a model for a sustainable society. Exhibition by Palle Nielsen at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm 1968.
She, exhibition by Niki Saint Phalle at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm 1968.