Kalmar Castle: Gustav Vasa – a History of Power
A multi-sensory drama of sound and light
JAC studios has designed and produced the installation “Gustav Vasa Through his Beard” for the Kalmar Slott exhibition about the Swedish King Gustav Vasa and his influence on Swedish history and society.
The 6 meters long installation is a performative abstraction of the king’s beard, where the narrative about the king’s life unfolds in time and space, and where important events are translated into an immersive and bodily experience.
Inside the historical castle’s thick walls, visitors are invited to engage with the beard animated by monologues and an immersive light scenography flowing directly from the core of the installation itself.
The changing colour of the light sets a dramatic scenery for the 6 monologues impersonated in an imaginary voice of the king. Visitors can listen to the different stories through 24 inbuilt speakers camouflaged and blended in among the long transparent “hair-antennas”.
Kalmar Slott / Tommy Josefsson, Mimmi Mannheimer
Exhibition design and concept
JAC studios & Tove Alderin Studio
AV integration and technological design
Taintec / Tue Selmer Friborg
Tidsresan AB / Kristina Ekerot Eriksson, Bo Eriksson
Studio Sophia Wood
Photography and Film