Carl Cavallius and Jonathan Jervelind
Ensamheter is a project that features the versatility of loneliness. By creating a more nuanced picture of loneliness we can conquer the sense of shame attaching to it and open the field for discussion.
Loneliness is a common health problem and a problem for society in general. There are many types of loneliness. It strikes young and old as well as young parents and people in relationships. Loneliness results in both mental and physical distress. In spite of all this, we seldom talk about it on account of the shame connected with it. And so many people live with the belief that they are totally alone with their loneliness.
Ensamheter is a project that seeks to give a more nuanced picture of loneliness with the aim of conquering the sense of shame and opening the way to discussion. Ensamheter acts as a living digital encyclopaedia. It consists of a collection of facts, narratives and places that relate to loneliness. On the website anyone can learn about other people’s loneliness, or they can share their own experience. In the project we have asked ourselves how abstract feelings like loneliness can be visualized, categorized and communicated. The result has been that we have worked with conflicts in objects and movements in various forms of expression. So that what would otherwise be static material is brought to life, expanding in a confined space; the lump in one’s stomach that one cannot really describe.
Aron Kullander and Ida Wessel.