Sensuous operate in the intersection of performance art, research, activism and curation.

In Sensuous we share our visions on what we term a Sensuous society. A vision, or rather a sense, that has been haunting us in our sleep for times and times... Sensuous society

Writings

Using Performance to Foster Inherent ‘Poetic Potential’ in Nordic Schools – Gry Worre Hallberg has contributed to the publication Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice. Can be purchased here. 2019

Sisters Academy – Education for the Future – I DO ART has created a publication on Sisters Academy containing the an artistic statement from Gry Worre Hallberg, The Sensuous Society Manifesto, photos from Sisters Academy manifestations, The Poetic Self exercise, notes and objects from The Archive and beyond. Can be purchased here. 2017

The Sensuous Society – Visions of the Now is an artistic research project initiated by Anna Lundh, containing a contribution from from Gry Worre Hallberg, the chapter ‘The Sensuous Society’. More information can be found here. 2017

The Sensuous Society – GPS: Global Performance Studies is the new peer reviewed online academic journal sponsored by Performance Studies International (PSi). Issue 1.2 contains the contribution ‘The Sensuous Society’ by  Gry Worre Hallberg. More information can be found here. 2017

Dome of Visions – Experiments Towards Sustainable Futures – Book about the experiment Dome of Visions, providing an insight into the thoughts and visions that lie behind the project. Can be purchased here and here. 2016

Sisters Academy: Radical Live Intervention into the Educational System – An article on the radical sensuous live experiment Sisters Academy in Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance, Routledge, 2016

All tomorrows dreams – An article, a manifesto on Sensuous Society in DRAMA, Nordisk Dramapedagogisk Tidsskrift no. 01 2015. Article can be read as pdf here.

Sensuous / Sisters – Intervenerende performancepraksis og sanselig uddannelse – An article on our practice and vision of a Sensuous society. Article can be read here. In Performance Designs 10 års jubilæumsbog, Roskilde University, September 2014.

Experiencing everyday life anew – An article that represents a voice within the terminology of experience economy that seeks to unfold experiences as a potential intervention into the capital system that will ultimately bring us to the potentially new – A Sensuous society. In the anthology Handbook on Experience Economy, 2013.

Embodiment of The Mystery – An article on how a new tendency within performance that I term live and relational fictional parallel-universes celebrates the atmospheric landscapes of filmmaker David Lynch and embodies mystery. In the anthology Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks, 2013

Sensuous societyAn article  on Sensuous society written from the premise of the editor Mark Ellis – The writers compiled in this anthology have presented responses to the notion of a world without light as a metaphor for the society in which we exist. In the anthology Black Clouds, 2013

Crack My World An article about our visions and work in Fiction Pimps in the anthology on street art Dansk Gadekunst. 2011

Theatre-in-Business – Udfordringer og potentialer – An anthology on the intervention of arts in business co-edited and article contribution by me with my fellow transitionaries in T-in-B :: Staging Transitions. Can be purchased here. 2011
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ARTICLES

Sisters Academy as a space and time for experimentation and healing in Periskop no. 24, December 2020

Exposition – Sensuous Learningin Research Catalogue – An International Database for Artistic Research

Det sanselige hus, den sanselige by in Dome of Visions, October 2018

Keynote: Sisters Academy. Intervenerende performancepraksis og sanselig uddannelse in BUKS nr. 61, April 2016

Sisters Academy – Sanselig læring in Drama og Teater nr. 2, December 2015

Sanselig læring in Replikker, December 2015

Sisters Academy – Udvikling af en ny kunstpædagogisk strategi in Art moves Terpsichores, September 2014

Sisters Academy – Et uddannelsessystem neddyppet i sanselighed in Peripiti, December 2013

Sensuous society conversation with the international urban fora Theatrum Mundi, June 2013

Transformative Impact of Future Mind Tours in ISSUES  #2, House of Futures, April 2012

Performing the future. Experimental futures studies in ISSUES  #2, House of Futures, April 2012

The Significant Event. Establishing Universes, Creating Movements in ISSUES  #2, House of Futures, April 2012

Pirat-performance in Kult-Uro December 2011

Protected by Fiction in CCC, Goldsmiths, ISSUE 1 # Novelty, 2011

Fiktionsstrateger i Samtidskunsten in Humanist September 2011

Et baseline-scenarie: Kunst og Bevidsthed 1812-2112 Pre-analysis article for the project In 100 years – starting now, June 2011

Sisters Hope – En kunstpædagogisk strategi forankret i en samtidskunstnerisk tendens in Peripiti June 2011

Kunst og bevidsthed pre-analysis article to In100Y May 2011

Sisters Hope in AFART January 2011

Fiction Pimping – Det poetiske liv i mellemrummet in Teater 1 October 2010

The Crack in AFART  October 2010

At fænge elever med fiktion in Gymnasieskolen June 2010

Fiction Pimping in ISSUES April 2010

Arts-in-Business-økonomi her og der in The Danish Embassy of Singapore’s newsletter: News from Asia May 2009

Virtuel Experience Spaces – Can you use them? in Fremtidsorientering June 2007

Burning Man – Hvor kunst og erhvervsliv mødes in Det Postomdelte December 2006

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JOURNALS

 
What if Imagination Were Real?
The article investigates how Sisters Hope intentionally evoke examples of (and for) a future Sensuous Society. It argues that framing is key to what Sisters Hope examples evoke and whether they ‘work’ as intended; as transformative counter-parts to ‘the outside world’. While extremity may take on the appearance of shocking contrasts, it is also emphasized as a matter of blurry boundaries in the selected perfor-mance art examples. In this context, extremity is cast as radical risk and potentiality that shake or transform experienced reality. The paper argues that Sisters Hope participants navigate in what if modes where sensations in the present and hopes for the future overlap in utopian performatives here and now. Through engagement with performance art examples over time, pretend play can transform into experienced authenticity, and this may eventually reverse experiences of what is ordinary and extreme for the immersed participant. The paper ends with a contemplation on whether the transformative impact of perfor-mance art examples is limited by societal fear of the unknown.
 
“What if Imagination Were Real” by Maja Ejrnæs in “Journal of Extreme Anthropology”, 2021. Read here
 

Museological Review

In Museological Review issue 24, Sisters Hope’s work is used as an example of a project that has actively furthered inclusion by democratising art and knowledge production within the context of the museum.
 
“Democratising Power Relations in Art Institutions” by Nanna Balslev Strøjer in “Museologial Review”, 2020. Read here

Cultivating Creativity in Methodology and Research
In the anthology Cultivating Creativity in Methodology and Research Sisters Academy is used as an example of new modes of being in time.

“Into the Wild: Notes from a Traveller” by Christina Berg Johansen in “Cultivating Creativity in Methodology and Research”, 2018. Read here

Æstetik og pædagogik
In the anthology Æstetik og pædagogik, Sisters Academy is used as an example of aesthetic experience in collective learning processes with contemporary art.

” ‘The Poetic Self is not a fiction’ – Undersøgelser af æstetisk erfaring i kollektive læreprocesser med samtidskunst” by Helene Illeris in “Æstetisk pædagogisk”, 2018. Read here
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Deltagelse som kunst- og kulturformidling
In the book Deltagelse som kunst- og kulturformidling, Sisters Academy is used as an example of participation as a democratic experiment.
 
“Ekskurs: Sisters Academy” in “Deltagelse som kunst- og kulturformidling” by Anne Scott Sørensen and Hjørdis Brandrup Kortbek, 2018. Read here
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Writing as the body: KØTER at Sisters Academy – a philosophical report
KØTER took part as visiting artists when Sisters Academy #3 – The Takeover manifested at Nova Academy in Simrishamn, Sweden. In his report Jonas Schnor, a member of KØTER, unfolds their findings.
 
“Writing as the body: KØTER at Sisters Academy – a philosophical report” in “Research Catalogue” by Jonas Schnor, 2016. Read here
 
Artistic interventions in organizations: Research, theory and practice
In the publication Artistic interventions in organizations: Research, theory and practice, Lotte Darsø has contributed with a chapter where she reflects on the development of the field of Arts-in-Business from 2004 to 2014. Sisters Academy is used as a case in order to illustrate how learning through aesthetic and artistic approaches can carve the way towards developing innovation competency, which is suggested as one of the future core competencies needed for leading organizations in a global society.

“Arts-in-business from 2004 to 2014 – From experiments in practice to research and leadership development” in “Artistic interventions in organizations: Research, theory and practice” by Lotte Darsø, 2016. PDF

Performative Schizoid Method: Performance as Research

The performative schizoid method is developed as a contribution to performance as research by Connie Svabo. The method is inspired by contemporary research in the human and social sciences urging experimentation and researcher engagement with creative and artistic practice. Sisters Academy is mentioned as an inspiration for this method, and Svabo also initiated and conducted her experiments as a Visting researcher in Sisters Academy #3 – The Boarding School and in Sisters Eat at the Prague Quadrennial PQ15. In the article, the method is presented and an example is provided of a first exploratory engagement with it. The method is used in a specific project Becoming Iris, which enquires into the creation of arts-based knowledge during a three month visiting scholarship at a small, independent visual arts academy. Using the performative schizoid method in Becoming Iris results in four audio-visual and performance-based productions, centered on an emergent theme of the scholar acting as artist as the bird in borrowed feathers. Interestingly, the moral lesson of the fable about the vain jackdaw, who dresses in borrowed peacock feathers and becomes an outcast, stands in sharp contrast to the potential of a performative schizoid method: to liberally experiment and make-believe.

“Performative Schizoid Method: Performance as Research” in “PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research” by Connie Svabo, 2016. PDF

 

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On The Performance Sense Laboratory
On Sisters Academy
On Dome of Visions
On The Velvet State

Talks

Sensuous Learning, Gry Worre Hallberg  at TEDxUppsalaUniversity

Sensuous society, Gry Worre Hallberg at TEDxCopenhagenSalon

REPORTS

Sensuous Society – Carving the path towards a sustainable future through aesthetic inhabitation stimulating ecologic connectedness
In Gry Worre Hallbergs PhD she explores how her artistic practices stimulate an ecological awareness of connectivity in the participants, which according to the ecological theory presented in the dissertation is pivotal to sustainable transition. This stimulation is induced through aesthetic evocation, by which the aesthetic, and thus sensuous, do support the transition towards a more sustainable future. She furthermore recommends what she has termed inhabitation in the artwork – Inhabitation moves beyond not only spectatorship, but also participation and allows for more permanent access to the sensuous and poetic.

PhD, “Sensuous Society – Carving the path towards a sustainable future through aesthetic inhabitation stimulating ecologic connectedness”, by Gry Worre Hallberg, Københavns Universitet, Det Humanistiske Fakultet, 2021. PDF

To Go Deeper when It Works: Anthropological Inquiry into Engagement and Search for a Sense of Deeper Living in a Copenhagen-based Performance Practice
An exporation of participants’ experiences and engagement in  Sisters Academy. It is written from an insider position. The study contributes to methodological fields of sensory ethnography and insider research, and to dialogues between anthropology and performance fields. The study builds on ethnographic material from four months of fieldwork conducted around the large-scale manifestation Sisters Academy – The Boarding School at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in 2017. It is analytically grounded in the intersection between performance theory, social practice, and phenomenology. The study presents a three-fold analysis structured around the problem statement: How does Sisters Academy enable performer-participants’ search ‘to go deeper’?
 
Master’s Thesis, “To Go Deeper when It Works: Anthropological Inquiry into Engagement and Search for a Sense of Deeper Living in a Copenhagen-based Performance Practice”, by Ejrnæs, Maja, Copenhagen University, 2018. PDF
 
Poetic and sensuous modes of being, in immersive spaces
How does one use poetic and sensuous methods in immersive spaces to catalyse personal growth and the formation of meaningful relations? And how does one enable an organisation working deliberately with otherworldliness, mystery and total immersion to successfully enter the context of a Danish folk highschool working deliberately with building community, unity and from an old, elaborate tradition? For two months, Mathias moved to Ryslinge Højskole to be the figure of continuity in the very first execution of Sisters Performance Method – Sensuous Learning as a long-term course. He came to mediate between the two organisations, host a variety of performers as they conducted their sensuous classes and support the students of the course in their growth and development. Relating, coordinating and active observation has been my primary practices in immersing in the Sisters universe and the context of Ryslinge højskole. The experience proved a unique opportunity to investigate how to work with communities of practice in whole institutions. How to evoke different modes of being and learning through deliberate work with scenography, the sensuous and the poetic. The strong activist intention of Sisters Hope was a great inspiration for peaceful activist approaches.
 
Field sensing, “Poetic and sensuous modes of being, in immersive spaces”, by O. Jacobsen, Mathias, KaosPiloterne Spring 2019. PDF
 
Den regressive dramapædagogiske strategi
Within current learning institutions, aesthetic subjects are of less importance than theoretical subjects. This challenges society because imagination and creativity increasingly are key competencies in business. Based on this issue, Helene Sally was motivated to study an educational form which will accommodate both the aesthetic and emotional development of people and an educational, didactic interest in development of the intellect. With inspiration from her participation in Sisters Academy Boarding School in the fall of 2017, she has explored, through the phenomenological scientific theoretical approach, the auto-ethnographic method and the theoretical apparatus of the thesis; how the regressive drama pedagogic and the related aesthetic elements that were practiced in Sisters Academy Boarding School, can contribute to the teaching the subjects of History and Theory at Roskilde University. Finally, she offers a potential path for this.
 
Master Thesis, “The regressive drama pedagogic strategy – An exploration, how the regressive drama pedagogic and the related aesthetic elements that were experienced in Sisters Academy Boarding School 2017. Potentially this can contribute to the teaching the subjects of History and Theory at Roskilde university”, by Sally, Helene, Roskilde University Spring 2018. PDF
 
The Hope of The Sensuous
An examination of the conceptual framework ‘The Critical Gaze’ and ‘The Devoted Body’ and how the terms affect the sensuous experiments conducted in Sisters Academy. Processed from the point of view of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s definition of phenomenology, and the issue is investigated based on notebooks from 30 upper secondary school students who have participated in Sisters Academy. It is concluded that the critical gaze and the devoted body manifest as different levels of engagement in Sisters Academy. They affect each other continuously within the framework and hold different potentials in relation to the sensuous experiment. The devoted body holds potential to access new modes of being and being together and has the potential to expand its margin of manoeuvrability. The devoted body can also be a reflecting body. Devoted participants can feel limited by those who approach the experiment with a critical gaze, an approach that can appear one-dimensional. Simultaneously, the critical gaze can also be a vulnerable body. The concept of fear and fear of the unknown are relevant to both levels of engagement. Simultaneously, their way of responding to fear is also a part of what sets them apart from each other. The two concepts merge in the intersection, in ‘The Absorbed Body’, which takes the shape of a critical practice that plays out performatively in the meeting between the participant and the experiment.
 
Master Thesis, “The Hope of The Sensuous – An exploration of The Critical Gaze and The Devoted Body”, by Senderovitz, Nana, Roskilde University, Winter 2017/2018. PDF
 
Det skønne i en Uskøn Verden
A thesis centered Sisters Academy – The Boarding School #3. It explores the potentials of an education based upon aesthetics and draws upon the danish philosopher Dorthe Jørgensen and her ideas of what she has termed beautiful thinking.
 
Master’s Thesis, “Det Skønne i en Uskøn Verden”, by Lantz Møller, Janne, Roskilde University, Spring 2017. PDF
 
At turde er at turde igen

An examination of how courage can be strengthened through performative practice and in which ways a focus on performativity can enhance and secure a more stable learning. The dissertation considers philosophical, psychological, collective, relational and phenomenological theories of art and courage in order to define courage in performativity and to create a method  of practicing a more couragous approach to the practice. Ellen Flyvbjerg draws on her personal experiences from Sisters Academy #3 – The Boarding School in her research. 

Bachelor Thesis, “At turde er at turde igen – praksisbaseret udvikling af performative metoder for øvelse af mod i kunstnerisk kontekst”, by Flyvbjerg K. Nielsen, Ellen, Copenhagen University, Spring 2016. PDF

Training for the Creative Economy
In their thesis Emilie Dipo Zimmermann and Carina M. E. Hammer investigate how current training initiatives are organizing to prepare participants for the creative economy. They use Sisters Academy as one of three cases. The thesis suggests that a framework towards training that can be used as an inspiration for practices and re-thinking training towards preparing the future worker for the creative economy.

Master Thesis, “Training for the Creative Economy” by Dipo Zimmermann, Emilie and M. E. Hammer, Carina, Copenhagen Business School, Spring 2016. PDF

Sanseæstetisk projektarbejde som Strategisk organisationsudvikling
Morten Roneklint Ellehauge accounts for his view on the aesthetic dimension and his ambition to prioritise the sensuous at the STU school Fremtidslinjen in collaboration with Sisters Hope through The Takeover-format.

Examination paper, “Sanseæstetisk projektarbejde som Strategisk organisationsudvikling på Fremtidslinjen” by Morten Roneklint Ellehauge, Diplomuddannelsen, Spring 2016. PDF

Sisters Academy – set i et transformativt læringsperspektiv
Mette Laier Henriksen explores aesthetic learning processes by using Sisters Academy – The Takeover as her empirical fundament.

Examination paper, “Sisters Academy – set i et transformativt læringsperspektiv” by Mette Laier Henriksen, Spring 2016. PDF

Den æstetiske dimension
In his Bachelor thesis Mikkel Dahlin Bojesen examines how the aesthetic dimension can create a foundation for an alternative and sustainable line of thought concerning education. He uses his first hand experience in Sisters Academy as a point of departure and undertakes an analysis of the critical theory that supports the aesthetic dimension. He argues that sensuousness and the aesthetic dimension can create a vital foundation for learning and education. He concludes that the repression of capitalist society is creating one dimensional human beings, and that the aesthetics needs to be the core of educational thinking, to create a playful life value for the individual.

Bachelor Thesis, “Den æstetiske dimension – et blik på sanselig erfaring som grundlag for læring, dannelse og erkendelse, gennem et studie af performancegruppen Sisters Hope og værket Sisters Academy #3” by Mikkel Dahlin Bojesen, Copenhagen University, Spring 2016. PDF

Dome of Visions – En midlertidig hybrid 

In the bachelor thesis “Dome of Visions – En midlertidig hybrid” Dome of Visions is used as a case in the exploration of the temporary use of urban spaces.

Bachelor Thesis, “Dome of Visions – En midlertidig hybrid” by Amalie Leth Andersen, Anna Uldall Christensen, Christoffer Straarup Møller, David Rosing, Jakob Kvist Hansen, Kira Mikkelsen, Mikkel Kjærulf Torp, Roskilde University, Spring 2016. PDF

Sisters Academy – I et dannelsesperspektiv
Maja Ravn Christiansen examines the educational ideal of Sisters Academy – The Boarding School. She analyses the use of pedagogical and dramaturgical means to affect the participants. The use of theatricality, transformative potential and the framing of the manifestation are investigated. Christiansen view the educational ideal through the lens of Friederich Schiller’s aesthetic education of man and Jacques Rancière’s intellectual emancipation.

Bachelor Thesis, “Sisters Academy – I et dannelsesperspektiv”, by Maja Ravn Christiansen, Aarhus University, Fall 2015. PDF

The Velvet State – Beretningen om et sanseligt samfund
In the examination paper “The Velvet State – Beretningen om et sanseligt samfund” Sarah Kamille Amininejad Teilbrand explores the performance art installation ‘The Velvet State’ manifesting at Roskilde Festival 2013 from a phenomenological perspective. The focus is on the potential of art piece’s ability to challenge the way we experience the world.

Examination Paper, “The Velvet State – Beretningen om et sanseligt samfund”, by Sarah Kamille Amininejad Teilbrand, Aarhus University. PDF

Diplomarbeit
In the Master Thesis “Diplomarbeit” Claudia Lomoschitz highlights Sisters Hope and the large-scale project Sisters Academy as an initiative that explores performative knowledge production. This is in continuation of the thesis’ main focus; new performative ways of generating and transferring bodily knowledge. The shift from rational, text based knowledge forms towards a bodily practical knowledge highlighted artistic practices and their forms of knowledge production.

Master Thesis, “Diplomarbeit” by Claudia Lomoschitz, The Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, May 2014. PDF

Sisters Academy som eksempel på samtidens sanselighedspædagogiske behov
In the paper “Sisters Academy som eksempel på samtidens sanselighedspædagogiske behov” Luna Christine Christensen explores the manifestation by Sisters Academy at Odense HF og VUC in the spring of 2014. Her focus is on the desire for more sensuous practices in contemporary pedagogical thinking.

Examination Paper, “Sisters Academy som eksempel på samtidens sanselighedspædagogiske behov” by Luna Christine Christensen, Aarhus. PDF

Teaterteori og poetik
In these two papers Katrine Koppelgaard and Louise Bruun Hansen investigates respectively the work of Sisters Hope and Cantabile 2. Their research is based on three joint collaborative work-days between the groups in Stege, Møn with the purpose of inspiring each other and exchanging experience and finding and unfolding related and different elements of their poetics. Same but not the same.
Koppelgaard focuses on the performativity and theatricality in Sisters Hope and Hansen explores the perception of art of Cantabile 2.

Examination Paper, “Teaterteori og poetik”, Dramaturgy, ARTS, Aarhus University by Katrine Koppelgaard. PDF
Examination Paper, “Teaterteori og poetik”, Dramaturgy, ARTS, Aarhus University by Louise Bruun Hansen. PDF

Dansk Gadekunst i et kunst- og kulturarvsperspektiv
In this Master Thesis Sarah Trolle Jacobsen investigates street art in and heritage perspective. She uses Fiction Pimps as a case to explore and unfold the concept ‘relation street art’ presented by Gry Worre Hallberg in the article “Crack My World” in the anthology on Danish street art “Dansk Gadekunst”.

Master Thesis, Dansk Gadekunst i et kunst- og kulturarvsperspektiv”, Institut for Kunst og Kulturvidenskab, Københavns Universitet by Sarah Trolle Jacobsen, March 2015. PDF