Erik Krikortz

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

“The day of individual happiness has passed” would be the perfect catchphrase for Erik Krikortz’s attempt to measure collective happiness, had it been he who said it, rather than Adolf Hitler. Happiness has long been a subject for deep thinkers and dark rulers. Aristotle called it a virtue; Hitler, something to be sacrificed for the greater good. In his ongoing interactive project, “Emotional Cities,” Krikortz invites his audience to log on to and register their day-to-day emotional states using a scale of seven faces, from frowning to smiley, each colored to represent a point on the spectrum from violet (sad) to red (happy). In the first two weeks of Krikortz’s recent exhibition at the Moderna Museet, more than twenty thousand people clicked on the face that best summed up their emotional grade, and that number continues to grow. Anyone can take part, but the

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