For two weeks early 2014 Sisters Hope took over the leadership of the Danish upper secondary school, HF & VUC FYN FLOW. This was the first physical manifestation and the initiation of the large-scale Nordic art-educational project Sisters Academy. A documentary is in the making. Enjoy this peep whole into the world of Sisters Academy and read more about the project below or visit sistersacademy.dk
Sisters Academy is a performance-experiment and laboratory exploring new sensuous modes of learning initiated by my performance group Sisters Hope. It is a project unfolding in the intersection of an activist intention to democratize the aesthetic through educational development, performance art as a method to explore potential new worlds and to expand our space of maneuverability, research as new way to collect and look at data. Sisters Academy is the imagined and performatively manifested school in a world and society where the sensuous and poetic mode of being is at the center of all action and interaction. It defines the primary mode of being and is the values on which all societal institutions are building – including the school – The school of a sensuous society. Between 2014-2018 Sisters Academy manifests in a series of Nordic countries and potentially beyond. We are currently exploring two different large-scale formats:
The Takeover When we take over the leadership of a series of actual upper secondary schools. We transform the school completely through light-, sound- and set-design and I move in as the new ‘head mistress’ and let the teachers at the school from the performative premise that they are now teachers at a school based on aesthetic principles – If the aesthetic dimension was governing society and not the economic and if tactile perception was valued as highly as the rational then how would you teach aiming at evoking sensuous learning?
The Boarding School When we create a boarding school as a large-scale immersive performance-installation where everyone interested can enroll as students to explore new modes of sensuous learning with the ‘Sisters teaching staff’. This format also involves residencies by visiting researchers, teachers and artists setting up their research laboratories within the overall framework of the boarding school to explore the sensuous aspects of their practice, daily school excursions by real upper secondary school classes and seminars and concerts curated by the respective staff of the co-producing institution.