Sensuous Society: SISTERS HOPE (DK)

Gry Worre Hallberg operates in the intersection of performance art, research, activism and educational development continuously executed in 1:1 co-created experiments such as Sisters Academy, Dome of Visions, and In100Y. She is behind the vision and movement Sensuous society and for many years she has aimed at enriching environments with an aesthetic dimension through interventionist, interactive and immersive performance art strategies. Gry is the co-founder of a range of organizations and movements within the field of performance art applied in a series of different everyday-life contexts, among them Sisters Hope (ongoing project: Sisters Academy), House of Futures, Fiction Pimps, Club de la Faye, Staging Transitions and The Poetic Revolution.

Democratizing the aesthetic. Opening the sensuous. These are some of the concerns that poetic sisters Gry Worre Hallberg and Anna Lawaetz were focusing on, when creating Sisters Hope, over 20 years ago, a project which is centered in the liminal spaces of art, research and pedagogy. It started first as interventional performances, then workshops, and soon after, into the first Sisters Academy. This led to the Sensuous Society Manifesto, written in 2008 as a response to the ongoing ecological crisis. The rest is history.

“All Sisters Hope manifestations, all performers in a way, donate their bodies to explore altenatives that are also theoretically bound, and gives me the language to understand some of the dynamics of the aesthetics space”.

“I felt also, when doing my PhD, that it was like immersing myself, within a theoretical framework, but it was also a deepdive into a landscape of thought, which I don’t have when I produce aesthetic manifestations. (…) When I am immersed in the aesthetic universe, that’s when the deepest ideas occur. I acknowledge that each requires its own space, but the very deep thinking happens within the aesthetic practices.”