Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
I my essay I describe my master project Alla måste duscha – en gympasalsredovisning/ Everyone has to shower – a school gym presentation. Through my work I investigate possibilities for action and agency in a limiting space; the gymnasium. With the help of Mika Hannulas book Politics, Identity and Public Space: Critical Reflections in and through the Practices of Contemporary Art, I discuss how the stories I tell trough my project can be seen as suggestions for a possible reality. By adding my stories to the old ones (that create our society) I hope they, if only just the slightest, can influence on how we look at reality and on a possible reality.
In my essay I describe how the school gym and the gym class is characterized by a scientific way of looking at students, the human body and education and that this clashes with the complexity of us as humans. I describe how norms for sex and gender become very distinct during gym class, because of the students vulnerability, and how that can create an unsafe space for them. Even though it’s often not their intention, students who break these norms become political because they show us that the norms are not stabile. With their presence, they question the ways that they and their classmates have been taught to behave.
In my master project, “the little girl” is very present. In the essay I explain how I through my master project, aim to create a more complex image of who this person can be. I describe her as “the little girl” because I think that we are used to see this person as mainly her gender and her littleness/harmlessness. Not dividing the characters actions into either good or bad is also an important part of my work. Instead I try to focus on the characters actions as ways of surviving, or ways of using loopholes in power structures, as a way of getting around a lack of symbolic capital. I have also looked at the word manipulation and tried to see if it could be seen as a positive and creative feature and as a way to these loopholes.
I have also talked about the possibility of being political without using classic patriarchal attributes such as strength and certainty, through the text Vi vill inte, vi kan inte, vi törs inte/We don’t want, we can’t, we don’t dare. This way of looking as uncertainty, as something positive, was something that I discussed with Håkan Larsson, a professor at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. During my interview with him we discussed this as a counterweight to the sports contexts noncomplex view on people. To strive towards this uncertainty in my work might be the most political I can do.