The Boarding School har åbnet sine døre

Gode stemninger på Inkonst.

A Mode Stepping into The Protector of the Archive, opening the archive.

A Mode Stepping into The Protector of the Archive, opening the archive.

Frem til 20. september 2015 er kunst- og kulturhuset Inkonst i det centrale Malmø omdannet til en kostskole. Bag initiativet står Sisters Academy, og lederen af skolen, Gry Worre Hallberg, har etableret The Boarding School for at finde ud af, hvad der sker, når undervisning tager udgangspunkt i kunstneriske og poetiske aspekter. Allerede den første dag havde 30 personer ladet sig indskrive til både skole og overnatning.

Student at theremin class.

Student at theremin class.

Det rationelle

-Den normale undervisning, fx på danske folkeskoler, tager jo afsæt i en tro på det rationelle og den økonomiske produktivitet. Vores projekt her på Inkonst har en kritisk holdning til den samfundsstruktur, som hylder industrialiseringen og det økonomiske, siger Gry Worre Hallberg.

Sammen med 30 danske performere arbejder hun i døgndrift på, at de besøgende på The Boarding School bliver udfordret af forskellige universer og installationer.

Visiting teachers, artists and researchers and Sisters Academy students and staff in the dining hall doing the dinner ritual.

Visiting teachers, artists and researchers and Sisters Academy students and staff in the dining hall doing the dinner ritual.


Klassisk form

-Vi har valgt den klassiske kostskoleform, hvor folk overnatter på skolen. Vi tror på, at det stimulerer den kritiske tankegang. Som gæst på The Boarding School vil man opleve forførende paradokser, og vi vil gerne understøtte de refleksioner, som finder sted, mens man bevæger sig rundt på Inkonst, siger Gry Worre Hallberg.

Evening Entertainment with Dorit Chrysler.

Evening Entertainment with Dorit Chrysler.

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photo: diana lindhardt // The I of Sisters Academy




Posted in Long term transformation, Movers & shakers, Sensing & aestethic experiences, Sensuous Society

KINSKI – avantgarde cinema and performance art on the Danish countryside

At House of Futures we are well aware that visions for the future and ideas on overcoming demographic, ecological or national/international political challenges are not always created in strategic planning sessions. No, very concrete visions of the future will sometimes spring from journeys through unknown, yet strangely familiar landscapes; in a sudden strong sense of belonging to a place not yet created.

This summer Inga G. Nielsen, one of the three performance artists from House of Futures, and a group of new and old friends found a place like that in Tolne, a small countryside village on the edge of the dark forest in Vendsyssel, the very North of Denmark. This blog shortly introduces their vision, the association and finally how they will introduce KINSKI, an  avantgarde cinema and performance art residency – and thereby put TOLNE on the map of the cultural exchange program TANDEM Europe.


KINSKI in-spe in the small town of Tolne

KINSKI is a small association of artists and cultural entrepreneurs gathered in a little village on the tip of Denmark. Its architectural basis is an ancient dairy, which is currently being restored into a venue for cinematographic expression and solo performance art. Carefully embedded into the local social sphere of the village on the one hand and with a strong basis in the international art scene on the other, it challenges the urban assumption of the european countrysides being abandoned to right-wing populists. Activities therefor center around the involvement of local refugees in curation, organization and artistic expression.

Inga writes:

Tolne is such a wonderfully strange place. Perhaps the closest you can come to TWIN PEAKS in Denmark. That summer, last year when Johannes and I visited Tolne and Frederik and Asger showed us the old dairy factory they had just bought in order to start their cinema, we started dreaming with them. Dreaming for real. Of a life up there. A life in a rural area, in which we would be able to live and do what we love among people so different from us, touching ground locally, whilst expanding our European network. We are motivated to bring other artists up here, because we expect them to enjoy letting their work and current thinking be inspired by the local spirit/s of Tolne. A place so far away from the city, but where challenges such as the coming of Syrian refugees (walking the roads between the refugee center and Hjørring) become ever more visible. With the support of ‘Venligboerne’ (the local initiative to welcome refugees), our ambition is to involve those other new arrivals to the extent, where they will be able to take on the task of running the house in periods. This includes curating the movie- and possibly the performance art program. We know from our own experience how artistic work builds a sense of self and value. KINSKI is thus our way to create a place of high artistic and personal value for ourselves and other “foreigners” in this somewhat unheimliche land of the Danish countryside.

I have experienced in earlier projects how performance art can facilitate strong encounters between two parties alien to each other. For instance by adding a fictional level to the House of Futures seminar-series ‘In 100 Years’ ( or at events for and about the conditions of asylum seekers in Copenhagen with the performance collective Club de la Faye and other groups. The performance artist can – in the best case – turn into the strange Other, that allows for the alien parties to meet whilst observing a third “thing”.


Klaus Kinski, German actor.


The ambition of KINSKI is to work under the assumption of urban standards in curation and reception, whilst producing on and for the countryside. We therefor assume our collaborators (locals & refugees) to be/come ready for a meeting within the paradigmatic art forms of modernity and post-modernity: experimental cinema and performance art. The region of Vendsyssel has proven to be a good spot for the avantgardes, hosting the famous Skagen-painter ́s colony at the turn of the century. KINSKI is now setting out to challenge the more nostalgic notions of this local history: questioning the linkage of countryside and mere artistic craftmanship by providing a place for younger, participatory forms of cultural production and artistic agency.

In order to provide the project with that exact connection into the urban, european perspective that we need and don ́t want to lose, we applied – and were selected to take part in the final round of the European TANDEM project.


Tandem Europe projects, final round

TANDEM Europe has been created in order for social entrepreneurs to meet and potentially find a partner in order to develop a prototype for a project together through workshops in Milan in October 2015. We know that there is much knowledge and inspiration for us to gain out there based in experience with artistic projects in similarly challenging areas in Europe.

We are looking very much forward to participating. KINSKI is only at its beginning, whilst the Dairy Factory is being restored into a cinema and stage. However, we believe in the synchronicity of sharing its vision in Milan whilst building it in Tolne. It is a very good possibility for the alchemy of embedding the european and the local into each other.


Asger Vedel-Jensen and Frederik Sams:

Cinema program , infrastructure administration of Tolne Avantgarde , local community embedding, local fundraising.

Inga G. Nielsen & Johannes M. Schmit , curator of the performance art program project and volunteer coordinator , fundraising, international embedding

‘Venligboerne’, local initiative for refugees, partners for collaboration and workshops.


Inga, performing as an agent in The Mystery of Acorn Falls, the 3rd of our four seminars ‘In 100 Years’ (2011).

Posted in Blog, Business & organization, First timers Forray into the Future, Long term transformation, Movers & shakers, Population

Chora Connection

Chora Connection is a new platform with the vision of creating a resilient and sustainable society. It is based on the center assessment process “In 100 Years – starting now. Reworking sustainability and growth”.

“They can’t have it, and we can’t keep it!” – watch video from Chora Connection opening seminar and reception at 12 march 2015.

Posted in Sustainability

Embodying Science in The Silver Frame


At Science in the City The Silver Frame, developed by the performance artist, Michael Richard will unfold as an artistic basis for dialogue about the room and the way objects, bodies and knowledge behave and transform within it. Through performative interaction, the artist will guide the viewer in crystalizing materials and concrete questions as to how Art may offer itself as a perspective and method for Science?

embodying scienceS:
During the week the performance artists Inga Gerner Nielsen and Sarah Armstrong will be working with their project ‘embodying scienceS’ in an open residency within The Silver Frame. You may for instance come to meet them, as they’re playing with different ways of placing their bodies on two laboratory tables or exploring different perspectives in the room. This being part of the first development of a choreography of different images and figures brought into the laboratory of The Silver Frame. Some from the History of technological inventions of Science and others from psychoanalytical theories of Science Fiction. Some with reference to the experiments and modifications of the body done by performance artists before them.

Through this work they seek to engage in a dialogue with each other, with Michael Richardt and the participants of Science in the City about performance art’s possible relation to science. About how the performance artist could be seen as both the scientist and his object; Frankenstein and his monster, simultaneously. A figure, presented here as a reflection on the possible ability of the performance artist to create her self in her own imaginary image. Reflections about whether we should place our bodies on tables, ready to let ourselves be shaped by technological as well as artistic inventions of the future? A critical discussion, which performance art and an installation such as The Silver Frame can help us focus and expand our view on.

science in the city: 22.06 2014 – 13:00-20:00

Posted in Movers & shakers, Sensing & aestethic experiences

The world in 2114 – three takes

100-års forudsigelser synes at være blevet mere almindelige at arbejde med. Financial Times har bedt tre indflydelsesrige Ivy League økonomer – to af dem med Nobel-priser bag sig – om et bud på verden om 100 år: The world in 2114.

De vælger hver deres fokus. Martin Weitzman fokuserer på klimaforandringer og muligheden for geo-engineering, dvs. afbøde den globale opvarmning gennem f.eks. at sende svovldioxid op i stratosfæren, som kan “skygge” for solens indstråling. En slags global parasol. Han er klar over, at det ikke er uden risici, men fremhæver, at det er den eneste mulighed, vi har for at gøre en hurtig forskel – og at det i øvrigt er relativt billigt.

“It is an extraordinarily contentious idea. Almost no serious observer advocates it as a first line of defence against climate change. But it is the only measure that can lower worldwide surface temperatures immediately. It is also unbelievably cheap.”

Alvin Roth fokuserer på den teknologiske udvikling inden for medicin, herunder præstationsfremmende midler, som han tror vil blive meget udbredt. Lidt usædvanlgit forestiller han sig en todelt udvikling, hvor nogle groft sagt vil vælge at indgå i den globale økonomiske konkurrence, og dermed vil have brug for præstationsfremmende medicin (forbedret kreativitet, forbedret hukommelse osv.), mens andre vil trække sig tidligt tilbage fra arbejdslivet.

“Many will opt for at slower track, spending more time accumulating youthful experiences. Retirement will be a longer part of life and new forms of retirement will emerge.”

Det lyder da egentlig ikke så skræmmende.  Han spekulerer også over, hvordan muligheden for genetik og kunstig fertilitet vil påvirke afkoblingen af fertilitet og børneopdragelse fra seksualitet og parforhold, noget, der åbner for helt nye udviklinger, også i lyset af det forventede lange liv, hvor børneopdragelse vil udgøre en stadig mindre del.

Robert Shiller er dels optaget af en mere økonom-teknisk diskussion af risikovurdering, men har også et godt øje til kunstig intelligens.

Tre hurtige, og trods alt relativt uforpligtende, bud. Man har selv lov at tænke videre – hvad ville man f.eks. selv vælge at fokusere på? Social ulighed? Kinas rolle? Risikoen for krige og katastrofer? Gennembrud i hjerneforskningen? 3-D printere? Fremtiden er – og bør være – stimulerende for kreative tanker.

Posted in Futurism, Long term transformation, Sustainability

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