In the shadow of love
Anna Øren
In my project about the future of love I have focused on the pressure to be in a relationship. In Norway we have a lot of hidden rules telling us how to act in different situations. These rules also apply to our love life, and especially to our romantic relationships. It seems like there is one golden standard of how a relationship should be, and if yours isn´t like that – you are doing something wrong. This norm that is called the couple-norm and is what I have been researching in this project. The tighter this norm is pulled around us and the closer it is, the more it limits different ways of love.  

The product of this project is the lamp you see in the movie, an object meant to comment on the way the couple-norm is limiting us. The ring represents couple norm, so the tighter it is pulled down and the closer it is, the smaller the light becomes. It will only hit a few specific people, and many will stand outside it looking in. But if we pull the ring further away from us it opens, and more people will stand in the light and be included. In the same way I believe that if we get aware of the couple-norm and take a step away from it, more ways of love can be seen and accepted - in the same way as the heterosexual cohabiting couple-form.

CoFUTURES is an international research group working on contemporary global futurisms, science fiction, and
futures thinking. We use science fiction, speculative thinking, and futures literacy to address the planetary
challenges of our time: climate change, technological change, and demographic change.

CoFUTURES believes that to better understand the future, be it of humanity, of other species, of technology, or
the planet, we must engage with how people think with futures around the world. Our goal is to promote better
connections between local imaginaries and global imaginaries in addressing planetary challenges.

The Intercultural Museum is a department of Oslo museum, located in Tøyenbekken 5 in Oslo, Norway. The museum cover recent immigration history and contemporary cultural complexity from a local position. In our dissemination of intercultural themes and contemporary issues, it becomes particularly important to facilitate nuance, dialogue and plural perspectives.

The collaboration with KHIO and CoFutures is part of the museums preannial documentation and dissemination project on love practises in diverse Oslo.

The programme of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design is part of the multidisciplinary Oslo National Academy of the Arts. We find this set up very inspiring and fruitful for our agenda, where our programme is in-between several disciplines, taking advantages of the rich dialogue with multiple voices.

Our common agenda is to work with the social space and with the objects and things related to it. We see this as a framework of our society’s cultures that we wish to engage with. We eschew of making fixed definition of our disciplines, but rather challenge the students to investigate the peripheries.

Our pedagogical approach is based on a critical dialogue and collaborative learning. The ideology is to prepare our students for the uncertain future, to be able to explore those emerging territories with professional skills.