ART + cultural history

Performative lecture

on sensuous schooling methods, drawing on historical research on the subject of violence as a method to create learning in Europe. Until the 20th century violence and instruction were inseparable, learning was combined with strong sensations and emotions. The punishment practices were accompanied by technical developments including the whipping stool and practices such as the whipping boy.* This lecture will explore historical research on the use of violence and explore the possibility and existency of similar tactics in the present day context, with a sense of humor and a touch of provocation. Whipping children is not such a bygone practice - it has been part of every day life still during my parents´ childhood in Finland. My lecture will also function as a reminder of the darker side of sensuous.

 

The lecture was presented as part of Fluid States North, the North Atlantic cluster at PSi 2015 in Nuuk, Greenland, hosted by Sisters Academy. Sisters Academy is the school in what we term a sensuous society: a potential new world arising from the post-economical and ecological crisis.

 

Funded by Nordic Culture Point