Lecture : 14 March 2007 01:01

Lecture and Film Programme: 'Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?' :

A Lecture and Film Programme : Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia — Part 1

The presentation by OCA's director Marta Kuzma marks an incursion into an expansive research project (and eventual exhibition) that addresses the international perception of Scandinavia as a sexual utopic territory as exemplified in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Kuzma's paper delves into the reasons behind these representations with the aim to investigate their mythical status or rightful claims. In doing so, the author's research leads to the origins of sexual reform initiated by the respective women's movements at the beginning of the 20th century (more notably in the socialist activist movement in Trondheim), through to the radical revisionism in psychoanalysis prevalent in Oslo in the 1930s led by researchers Otto Fenichel and Wilhelm Reich, and eventually into the political thinking of Herbert Marcuse that arose in the 1950s. The presentation takes as its point of departure the Swedish film, I Am Curious Yellow, I Am Curious Blue to incrementally build the logic around how the "sexualization" of Scandinavia was largely a media construct initiated by the West for the purposes of developing a wider pornography industry.