Sisters Academy is a 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. Thus Sisters Academy is the school in what we term a Sensuous society – A potential new world arising from the post-economical and ecological crisis. Between 2014-2020 Sisters Academy will manifest in a series of Nordic countries and potentially beyond as we create otherworldly boarding schools and take over the leadership of a series of actual upper secondary schools:
>> HF & VUC, Fyn, FLOW, Odense (DK) _
>> Fremtidslinjen (STU-school), Køge (DK)
The two large-scale formats that we are currently exploring:
In the Takeover we take over the leadership of a series of actual upper secondary schools. We transform the school completely in an immersive landscape of light-, sound- and set-design. The Sister and staff moves in as the new ‘Head Mistress’ and as strange enchanting new colleagues. The teachers at the school are now facilitated to work 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? – Is the question – All to evoke sensuous learning innovations. Math might start by an exercise on ‘how to sense Pi’, History might be initiated by sharing the dreams of the night to explore collective unconscious patterns. Thus, Sisters Academy is not only emphasizing and amplifying the value of the creative subject fields on upper secondary school level, but even more radical these are fundamental to all other subject fields, thus, the project also seek to have an actual political impact on the educational system.
The Boarding School
In the Boarding School we create a boarding school as a large-scale immersive performance-installation where everyone with interest in the agenda 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. The next Boarding School will unfold in Copenhagen the Fall, 2017, in collaboration with Den Frie as winner of the Exhibition Prize VISION by The Bikuben Foundation. For more info go here.