The Kinky Church (2-5:30pm)

This workshop installation explores our relationship to the cultural narratives of misconduct, remorse, confession, atonement, remorse, penance and absolution.

We will discuss our personal experiences with breaking rules and punishment and reflect on possible kinds of self-punishment. Then we will engage in a structured role-play, where we get to experience what it’s like to be the sinner, the dispenser of clemency and the dispenses of punishment.

We argue that integrating our unconscious mechanisms of confession, punishment, guilt and forgiveness and their symbolic acting out can have therapeutic effects on us, as well as be deeply arousing.

This workshop has been inspired by the workshop Penitence - Atonement Through Pain by delta®.