Lisa Nyberg

Pedagogies of the Unknown
     – studying for a future, without guarantees

Lisa Nyberg’s PhD project starts from the question: how can we study for a future unknown? In light of anthropogenic climate change, a global environmental crisis, and its destabilizing impact on social and economic systems, there is an urgency to examine how we relate to the future in our pedagogy; how we anticipate, imagine and prepare through our teaching and our studies. At the basis of this research is a teaching practice; the classroom of aesthetic education at the intersection of study, creative work and the
institution. From this base a performance practice has developed that draws from lecture performance and meditation as a quotidian and creative practice, to create a series of guided meditations. These are presented as art installations, as sound pieces and as activities in the classroom. The guided meditations propose an experiment in how to address the contradiction of learning for the future, by focusing, intently, on the present. Simultaneously, the project raises a critique of Western constructs of utopia as the dominant form of imagining otherwise, by looking to feminist and de-colonial theory that resist utopian fatalism and claims to universality. The aim is to make a critical shift from utopia towards a constantly changing and undetermined future – the unknown.

Lisa Nyberg, FEELERS (2018), Photo by Terje Östling

Lisa Nyberg’s work has been exhibited at Konsthall C, Trondheim Art Biennial, Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Röda Sten, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Dunkers Kulturhus, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Gothenburg Art Museum and Rooseum. She has been awarded the One year working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the IASPIS project studio in Stockholm as well as the Malmö City Grant for Artistic Development. She teaches regularly at art academies as The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Konstfack, Valand Art Academy, Malmö University and others.

Lisa Nyberg and Johanna Gustavsson had a long time collaboration on radical pedagogy:
and Malmö Free University for Women (MFK):
and they have co-written the book “Do the Right Thing – a manual from MFK”:

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