Frida Klingberg’s interest lies in finding new ways to derive stories from unrepresented positions. Her work aims to initiate exchange on personal experiences and structures that conduce a demand for non-hierarchal ethics. Sauna for the unemployed is a process-based art project that creates a space for sharing knowledge on social and political environments organized by the ideologies of work, providing a means to imagine a different sociality. The project was first realized in Sweden in 2014–2015, its second version takes place in Berlin within the framework of Undisciplinary Learning. The project’s participants, people who are assigned an “unemployed” status in society, are hired and remunerated for their intellectual and physical labor in the sauna. Klingberg records their conversations to form the basis for songs and sound installations. Their sweat—a well-known metaphor for hard work and a physical product of labor—is collected on towels. Through the project, Frida Klingberg both interrogates and stages the three common positions a person can attain in society: (self-)employer, employee, and unemployed. The result of the Berlin edition of Sauna for the unemployed is on view as a site-specific installation at Saunabad Prenzlauer Berg from 3 October.
Frida Klingberg was supported by IASPIS.