Konstfack's Student

Quiet Room

A place to care for ourselves and each other

A quiet space to rest, relax, unwind, zone out, reflect and/or contemplate together.

2022 — 2023

Konstfack Library
January 30 — February 17, 2023

Monday—Thursday: 9am — 4pm, Friday: 9am — 3pm
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm, Sweden

A Call for Radical Rest

Care [1] and rest [2] are not the same.

The Quiet Room's focus was initially on care in a learning environment laser focused on fast paced production. Care allows us to stay active within a production culture.

Rest means to stop producing, even if just momentarily.

We had a need for care, but we couldn’t find the space to properly care for ourselves in this institution, and that turned into the need to rest. That’s the evolution of the quiet room. An iterative process that culminates in: a call for radical rest.

To what extent does the lack of space for rest, emotionally and spatially, mirror the power structures we operate in today?

[1] Care
1 the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
2 serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.
verb [no object]
1 [often with negative] feel concern or interest; attach importance to something.
2 (care for) look after and provide for the needs of.

[2] Rest
verb [no object]
1 cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
2 be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position.
3 (rest on/upon) be based on or grounded in; depend on.
4 Law, North American conclude the case for the prosecution or the defense in a law case.
1 an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.
2 Music an interval of silence of a specified duration.
3 [in combination] an object that is used to support something.

from the New Oxford American Dictionary.