In 1997, 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 the tightrope.
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.

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