Mats Eriksson Dunér | It was a time when everything was possible – All power to the Imagination!

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Mats Eriksson Dunér | It was a time when everything was possible – All power to the Imagination!

The film installation ”It was a time when everything was possible – All power to the Imagination!” deals about the struggle for a house of All Activities, Gamla Bro, in Stockholm (1969-72). This was an idea of a space for the community emanated from an initiative to create new public spaces in the city, open to all ages and classes, where the activities would be based on the individual’s creativity.

© Mats Eriksson

The film is produced in the form of a witness seminar about the Gamla Bro. The voices in the film are based on conversations, e-mail exchanges and leaflets that have subsequently been fused into a collective narrative. The film tells of the difficulties that arose during general meetings and in the face of a rigid and controlling bureaucracy. The activists’ passion and utopian-romantic ideology were gradually broken down as another reality asserted itself, while the house became filled with older alcoholics, homeless people and drug addicts.

It was a Time When Everything was Possible – Power to the Imagination! is based on over three hours of super-8 films made by the Gamla Bro film group as well as news material from the SVT archives. The film was produced as part of the artistic research of Malmö Art Academy with financial support from Iaspis and the Stockholm Guild.

Mats Eriksson Dunér (1967) grew up in Malmö, today he lives and work in Stockholm.