A good friend once described Malmö as an ‘absolute dearth of visual stimulation.’ The flat terrain filled with four-storey buildings lends a particularly uniform character to how and what you see in this city. Groups of toddlers in hi-vis vests being shepherded on sidewalks by gentle daycare messiahs.
After a few months away, I asked Filip what had been happening in Malmö. He shrugged and said, ‘Oh y’know, five more people decided to become vegan.’
Boredom is a good place to work from. Malmö allows for a measure of withdrawal and space to work.
Others might say this is a path to guaranteed obscurity. Do you dance better if no one’s watching? Or does it
just make you isolated and out of touch? I think every ideal also risks becoming a form of entrapment. Time will tell.