MalinMatilda was accepted at The Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå University
and thus began her particular line of artistic exploration and inquiry.
In 1998, she traveled to the inhospitable, barren wasteland of Iceland
to participate in the seminar "Art in Nature: Nature in Art." In 1999,
MalinMatilda dealt with the issue of spirituality again in "Passion Play"
a performance with the Reverend Ethan Acres, in which she gracefully danced
as Salome with John the Baptist's head on a platter. In the same year
she attended the Venice Biennale and had a solo show entitled Multi-trauma
at Galleri 60 (dealing with her hospitalization and coma). She then
joined the Circus School in Östersund and learned how to walk
In the New Millennium, MalinMatilda made a pilgrimage to the Happiest
Place on Earth: Disneyland, as well as the Entertainment Capital of the
World: Las Vegas. Also in 2000, she made a trip to the Most Dangerous
City in the World: Johannesburg, to initiate,
of all things, her Happiness as an Art-Project.
(Afterward, she brought a little happiness back to Sweden by performing
an energetic African dance routine.) She then went to The City of Lights:
Paris, and to Nice, on the French Riviera (the Vegas of Europe). Matilda
learned much about compassion with the "Love & Devotion" artistgroup (Carina
Gunnars, Anna Kindgren, Ingrid Eriksson and Karin Jonsson). In 2001, MalinMatilda
continued her Happiness Project by studying wedding rituals (the happiest
day of one's life) in Singapore. Then she traveled onto Malaysia to research
the "fakir" ritual pain-defying festivals such as
Thaipusam. In the jungles of Malaysia, Matilda recorded the sounds
of the forest, then in Beyond (expectation)
she brought the jungle sounds (as ambient noise) first to the taxi
cabs of Umeå then to the frigid Icehotel above the Arctic Circle,
in Jukkasjärvi, Lappland.