Tove Wiréen


Situational Archaeology  &


Situational Archaeology is a method for active reflection, which Tove Wiréen lectures and teaches. The method enhances the ability to deal with  conflicts or problems. This a tacit, practical knowledge - just like riding a bike is: Once you learn how, you just go through the motions - and that propells you forward. The method is the result of her  MFA from the Academy of Music and Drama at Gothenburg University, 2012-2014.

Acting: Tove Wiréen is a swedish actress and performer who has worked with theatre, film och TV since 1999, when she completed a BFA from the Academy of Music and Drama at Gothenburg University, 1996-1999.

Situational Archaeology

Is a method for reflection really necessary?

Tool for thought


We all know that there are countless techniques to manipulate other people´s thoughts. Some are even illegal, others simply unethical, or just unpleasant to be exposed to. That thoughts are and must be allowed to be unbridled is a fundamental prerequisite for democracy. No one has the right to define what or how another person thinks.


If we equate free thinking with free, wild and unaccountable animals, the need for a methodology becomes clearer: Freedom from responsibility means i.a. that the herd mentality rules. It is absolutely free, it is natural, beautiful - but also chaotic: instincts rule, violence or the threat of violence is the main implement to maintain power; in battles the stronger always prevails. If we want to be able to utilize the force of animals/thoughts constructively, we need to be able to control them through methodology: We "break them in", i.e. incorporate common grounds other than the natural ones in order to be able to cooperate with them in the direction we desire. Regarding human thinking there are many different methods for this: upbringing, social control, cultural rules, education, indoctrination, religion, tradition, to name a few. 


Thinking is a verb, it is something you do. Therefore the manner of the execution matters and what premises you assume when you think.

The exertion of Situational Archeology safeguards the thoughts of each individual from unwelcome or untoward influence. The premises we proceed from are:

 1. SCIENCE  ( cold, hard facts & logic)
 2. FAITH  (in the good will of mankind)
 3. CONCERN  (for oneself as well as one's neighbor).

Applying Situational Archaeology, one can condition oneself to become increasingly better at constructively resolving conflicts and to get out of a seemingly fixed setting. Self-esteem is also strengthened and the result is a more sustainable work environment for everyone.