„Living Rooms“, social capital sculptures

Based on the experiences of the 2013 „KdW city festival for glocal change“ and former projects, Joy developed the „Living Rooms“ concept, a Social Capital Sculpture which visualizes, stage-manages, networks and promotes the Social Capital of selected urban environments.


Starting with nothing more than the „Living Rooms“ concept and the hidden social capital potential on location, Joy develops collaborative neighbourhood networks  within 100 days per location, cumulating in a 10-day integrative festival.

Joy Lohmann KdW-Fest Schlafzimmer KdW-Fest Kroepcke KdW-Fest Ballhof
The multilayer concept includes:
– the „rolling Kiosk of happiness“, a mobile bureau to connect the local actors for a sharing/caring community.
– the „https://united.crowdmap.com“, a thematic crowdmapping platform to establish visibility for the existing components of a happy, sustainable society and to enable ongoing network communication.
– the „conference of happiness“, a thematic bar camp.
– a collaboratively furnished open home in public space as the stage and center of the process.
– the „Living Rooms“ festival with a site-specific program of crosscultural and partly spontaneous shows, workshops, activities and discussions, leading to experiences of a new understanding and view of community as a social organism.
– a documentation and DIY-manual to spread the concept and promote a sustainable lifestyle of solidarity, creativity and happiness.

Living Rooms is planned to start 2014.

FLOAT interview with Joy at MakeChange TV

Julie Tran at MakeChangeTV, presenting the timezones for Sealand Multiversity kickoff-online/offshore event

Julie Tran at MakeChangeTV, presenting the timezones for Sealand Multiversity kickoff-online/offshore event

In December 2012, on the way to the Social Capital World Conference in Gothenburg/Sweden, we stopped by at Julie Trans MakeChange TV studio in Copenhagen/Denmark to shoot some material for the kickoff-trailer of the Sealand Multiversity. Lovely Julie jumped at the chance to interview Joy about both, the floating trash islands and the brand new makersphere on an occupied sea fortress and autonomous micronation, the Sealand Multiversity.

SALY – recycling raft on river SAL, 2013

The 2013 recicling raft Saly travels with the tidal current up and down river Sal in Goa, India

The 2013 recycling raft Saly travels with the tidal current up and down river Sal in Goa, India

This years workshop was called BAMBOO, as we extended our upcycling construction materials and techniques using renewable local raw materials like bamboo and munda wood.

Check this short documentation (you can even apply for the „artist-in-residence“ program (also for scientists, journalists, environmentalists)

or watch the full story of the recycling raft SALY on river SAL, Goa, India:

full documentation 24 min.