We have had the pleasure of discovering over the last couple of weeks what connection is about, forming connections among our neurons, between our ideas, between cultures, and across the dinner table. The amazing team of people who have realized this project have been as much a result as a means. As much a network as a path to networking, a relationship of connections, and to the idea of connecting itself.

For me as a photographer and philosopher, this project of Connecting Stockholm has been extremely enriching. It has been about the forging of friendship, about meetings, about intimacy, and about a flow of ideas, pollenating each other. Photography has been a means of capturing a level of connection and contrast. The separation within the spectrum defines the borders, but if we start to blur them together we can experiment with a photography of the common – of the individual and the group, of the energy which allows us to form communities and tribes. For me this has been a process consisting of constant dialogue, constant discussion. I have been fortunate to play Socrates at the exhibition, to meet visitors, to explain and to listen. If society is a collection of different people, then this is what I have witnessed. If we are looking for a connected city, then we have already begun to build it, among each other. And the next step is of course to realize this within the city, to enable geographic connections, city connections, an architectural infrastructure which will embed the possibilities for connection into the fabric of the city.

Still connection exists on a plethora of levels, and spheres. Connection is also related to the idea of borders, boundaries, and definitions. Seeing what enables connection within a city is also seeing those things that divide, separate, and segregate. If we might resist to define things so quickly, resist cementing their meaning and purpose into atomistic channels, then maybe the possibilities for further connections might arise. From Japanese architecture to the divides in our ‘symbol-systems’, from transcultural to nationalistic. These polarization only suggest a laziness on our part not to be able to re-learn about what is actually possible in our environments. Where we might dream, with the maturity of a child and the ability of an adult.

Posted by David