Happiness Map

Happiness Map, based on interview answers collected from Chicago residents about happiness, responsibility, community and belonging, part of the research for the project Not in Another Place, But This Place:.. (Happiness)

Who is responsible for happiness? What is the relationship between happiness and public policy? Acting as a neighborhood artist-in-residence in Edgewater, Chicago – as part of the Happiness Project, curated by Tricia Van Eck, Leenaars conducted interviews in the neighborhood addressing notions of happiness, community and belonging. Spanning a range of residents, from the Alderman, to community activists, high school students to police commander and local architect. Interview answers led to this series drawings that became the inspiration for the set and the actions performed on the set. Community members acting as themselves, embody ‘happiness’ through performative actions on the stage of the local the local Senn high school auditorium. Leenaars drew this happiness map based on interview answers collected from Chicago residents about happiness, responsibility, community and belonging, part of the research for the project Not in Another Place, But This Place:.. (Happiness), 2013.