The project did receive a Swedish Research Council grant (VR) within the field of Artistic Research. The team for the project between 2019-2021 has a lot of potential. The participant in the research project are:
Susanne Rosenberg, folk singer and project leader
Maria Misgeld, folk singer
Eva Rune, folk singer
Sofia Sandén, folk singer
Fredrik Ullén, a neurological researcher
Örjan de Manzano, a neurological researcher
The short pitch of the project is as follows:
Folk Song Lab – deconstruction, improvisation and flow,
The project aims to develop and explore new models for collective improvisation in traditional folk singing. The starting point is the ethnological performance perspective, meaning that a folk song takes form only in the performance, viewing the song as a cognitive frame.
In this explorative study, this perspective is researched using features of traditional folk songs in new contexts based on new models for collective improvisation in sessions. The project is unique from the perspective of genre, gender, and instrument.
The project also aims at observing how the design of models for improvisation affects the participant experience of psychological flow, both on the individual and group levels.
The goal of the project is to establish new artistic expressions for folk songs, thus revitalizing and renewing folk singing of today using collective improvisation and shedding light on how flow and artistic expression in a collective collaborative context are interrelated.