(more) With its working subtitle „Learning from Athens“ documenta 14 takes its starting point on unsafe grounds: it invites for a dislocation and a process of unlearning. Unlike documenta 12 which focused on questions of content or documenta 13 that explored specific discourses and dominant narratives, Documenta 14 concentrates on multiple voices in knowledge and knowledge forms. This presents the public and art educators with a tremendously vast range of topics, relationships, discourses and narratives set up in a manner that dissolves boundaries rather than contains and structures them in the exhibitions in Kassel and Athens, the two cities where Documenta 14 takes place.
Encounters in a Third Space:
During the final week of Documenta 14, a one-week long knowledge gathering* is planned that aims to create encounters and exchange and to work on concepts collaboratively. For one week, students of the Art University Kassel, the Bern University of the Arts, and Aalto University Helsinki will meet and collaborate in the student-run project space KMMN at the Kulturbahnhof in Kassel. Discussions and talks with invited (temporarily) local actors, an exhibition, and an evening program are the formats for the exchanges that will take place in various forms and on various different levels. This collaboration will produce and present compilations and congregations of experiences (knowledge gathering) and collectively devised questions and possible approaches or responses (gathering knowledge).
Directed in collaboration by Gila Kolb, Research Lecturer at the Bern University of the Arts and member of the „faculty“ of documenta 14 aneducation, Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld, Professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University in Helsinki and designated documenta-Professor at the School of Arts and Design Kassel. Continue reading