Fred Taikons nomadic tent | Installation | Place: Base Camp

FRAMBO, Innovations for the Future of Living – Sustainability and Participation” is led by Makerspace & Uppfinnarna Kalmarsund with funding from Allmänna Arvsfonden. We work with text, photo, film, models, full-scale housing ideas, etc. and want to develop both rural and urban concepts for future sustainable housing opportunities. Other partners are Kalmar Kommun, Mörbylånga Kommun, Öland Folkhögskola, the Swedish Inventors’ Association and PRO.

During Exploration of now, we want to investigate what nomadism looked like in the past and how it is practiced now. How they lived, traveled, and supported themselves in the past. Fred Taikon has devoted his entire life to activism and has been an important voice for the Roma people in Sweden. A large part of his work has been to spread knowledge about the roma language, culture, and life. Agata is a modern nomad. As a young person in Sweden, she has chosen to live as a traveler, or as a nomad. She bicycled throughout the United States from north to south in an 18 month period and is constantly on her way to new journeys, and constantly develops her way of thinking about means of transport and how to get around as smoothly as possible. Both of them has experienced life as a nomad and now they want to share their stories and experiences.

Events at Fred Taikons nomadic tent:

SAT AUG 21 | 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00:
Listen to Fred Taikon talk about the history of the Nomadism now and then.

SAT AUG 21 | 17.00:
Roma music by Sergiusz Markowski and Emilia Huczko.

SAT AUG 21 | 19.00:
Fire Talk with Fred Taikon, Agata Puciato and Jonas Rahm.

Fred Taikon


”The Roma people have been nomads since emigrating from India. During their travel, they have had different types of tents to live in. To make it easier to move from different places, they have had tents that were easy to set up. Some Romas had an animal pulling a cart, or a trolley. Some had donkeys on which they loaded their necessities.
Many people ask, why do these people travel around? Some thought that the Romas thought it was romantic and that they wanted a camp life. But that was not the case, the Romas had to support themselves. And the work they performed they found on the roads. All Romas were craftsmen of various kinds. Many of them were coppersmiths and blacksmiths, which meant that they tinned copper vessels and made plows and other tools for farmers. In recent times, the Romas practiced a so-called ”Spilo”. Where they played and danced for a paying audience, the women were often fortune tellers.” – Fred Taikon

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