Total Effekt: Living Magasine

January 7 – March 5, 2016

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Total Effekt: Living Magasine underwent constant modifications; the features of this page provided accruing information on the Session’s developments and will continue to track the project’s progression beyond Recess’s walls.



Living Room # 1 – January 21, 6-8pm

Living Room #2 – February 11, 6-8pm

Closing Reception and Magazine Launch – March 5, 6-8pm

Living Magasine


Throughout their Session, Total Effekt researched and developed a new publication, titled Living Magasine. To create this journal, the artists conducted a speculative archaeological study of “the home,” examining the practical and symbolic value of the dwelling and its constituent parts.

Total Effekt generated materials for the publication by researching present and historical references related to the home (such as designs, exhibitions, and texts), collecting stories from Recess visitors and invited guests about meaningful spaces, commissioning texts that interpret and expand upon the accumulated stories, and creating objects that respond and give form to the project’s findings. Recess acted as a hub for these activities and a showroom for the prototyped, interactive objects.

As a complement to their editorial work, the artists staged two Living Room events in order to present materials related to the their research. At the conclusion of the Session, Total Effekt released Living Magasine, which, freely juxtaposes the texts, images, and documentation that resulted from their investigation of the home, presenting myriad possibilities for our future relationships to our domestic environments. Living Magasine is currently available in Recess’s space and at Printed Matter.

About the Artists


Total Effekt brings together the different professions of its members (Aron Kullander-Östling, Stina Löfgren, and Pål Rodenius), who collectively work in a no-frills manner to create happenings that aim to foster physical and social interaction. Since 2011, Total Effekt has been working on a series of events that have engaged the audience in different ways—through concerts, an urban pop-up bar, kinetic workout sculptures, and chill-out architecture.


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This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.