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.
Malin Arnell, Kajsa Dahlberg, Johanna Gustavsson and Fia-Stina Sandlund.