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Tag Archives: identity


Resistance: A tit for a butt


A small story – but so strong! A girl meets boys, in a boyzone, and their pin-up calendars in the coffee room under ground. What to do, except for complaining to the boys and the organization? Well, after some attempts, this girl decided to have her own calendars at display down the mine. Male, naked, hunks (we assume, haven’t seem them). A sort of resistance. If this is a good […]

What about how YOU change?


The labour process is changing, the power relations are changing, but how is Organizing rocks changing us? The question is asked by a participant after the seminar in Sydney on December 14. Somewhat loosely formulated, Johan answers that we sometimes write on the blog and in the logbook how Kiruna, the mine and the people fascinate us. After all, we hadn’t really made any grand plans about videos, animations and […]

What local people? Us local people!


The two sisters Maxida och Mimie Märak were the source of inspiration for this song by Tommy. Their energy in the (as shown in a four episodes documentary broadcasted by the Swedish state television, SVT) made it necessary to grab the pen and the guitar. Please find a proper stereo to play it; if you use a telephone, then at least use headphones. In the documentary (episode 2), The Sápmi […]

1969-2015-?


What is the relation between capital and workers today? Is a political will and struggle still present? As in the strike in 1969/1970 where the predominant part of the workers (a strong collective) in Svappavaara and Kiruna jointly shouted out that “we are humans”, “we want higher salaries”, “a safer and more humane workload”. If human dignity, salary, and safe and humane working conditions were essential in the 1969 strike, then […]

Roots


Johan has been working on a song called Roots. The text and the chord structure for the verses were done. Reinventing the chorus and the arrangement, we decided to record it while in Kiruna. We finished the song at the hotel room (a computer, a microphone, and Mikael Jonasson’s acoustic guitar). Play Roots here: Lyrics: Johan Sandström Music: Tommy Jensen and Johan Sandström Acoustic guitar: Tommy Jensen Vocals: Tommy Jensen and Johan Sandström […]

Mining the schools


We overhear a group of young girls while drinking beer at the hotel. It sounds interesting. Could we engage in the conversation? We decide not. Two, middle-aged men, beer-breaths, trying to tie in with young girls… Nah, not a good idea. We refrain from this opportunity; we have experienced a similar situation before, and bailed out. However, this evening we dare to interfere to the extent that we say: ”You have […]

What is said underground stays…


Is there something special with the comradeship in labour processes in which members perform dangerous tasks, such as in underground mines? We believe so. Ever since Henri Fayol’s famous book on mining and management (at that time called administration) from the early 20th century, the esprit de corps seems to be strong in mining companies. In those times the risks were, of course, higher (many examples from Karl Marx “Capital” are drawn from […]

Mineful art?


On the second floor of Kiruna’s city hall, there’s an exhibition by Kiruna’s association for art (Kiruna Konstgille). The exhibition consists of 100 t-shirts, designed by a variety of local artists (see the video further down, not by us!). The shirts predominantly address the changes that Kiruna is going through and some are relevant to the Kiruna mine and the labour process, or at least we think so. The second […]

Once a citizen of Kiruna, always …


This blog-post is a mixture between a conventional small piece of text and another musical piece. So the idea is text first and then the music. The song is here, though (for lyrics – scroll down). There is a saying in Kiruna that carry the meaning that if you are born and raised in Kiruna it leaves a mark on your character that stays with you forever. The geographical location, the people, […]

Metaphors lived by


Metaphors are far from precise, but they have the power to make sense of historical and contemporary events, places, memories and experiences. In short: metaphors are important tools for storytelling. Stories contain however a lot of dead metaphors – that is, metaphors that simply are not meaningful. In our encounters with miners, people living in Kiruna and outsiders, we get to listen to heaps of stories that are very rich in […]

Checking the plume of smoke


It seems quite common to habitually look at the mine’s chimneys. Why? Well it is an easy measure to check how productive the mine is at the moment. There are three chimneys; a good day is a day with three, well-fed, plumes of smoke. (Mine worker) Coming to Kiruna from our cabin, me and my husband check the chimneys to make sure everything is alright. (White collar worker)