The Art Educator’s Talk – LIVE #1 (analog set)
Tokonoma, Tuesday May 3rd 8pm // Frankfurter Straße 58, 34117 Kassel
How would you describe your understanding of art education? In which context are you working as an art educator? Why mediate (contemporary) art? How important is art education and mediation for a museum / an institution? How do you cow conceive a public program for a biennial?
These are only a few questions we’d like to discuss with María Acaso (Pédagogias Invisibles, Madrid), Konstanze Schütze (agency art education, store contemporary, Berlin & Dresden), Jordi Ferreiro (MACBA Barcelona) and Gila Kolb (The Art Educator’s Talk) and maybe some special guests. The Art Educator’s Talk is a trilingual blog on art education. With this live-talk, we would like to address art educators who are looking for inspiration and exchange between colleagues, students who are interested in getting more information about the profession of an art lecturer, artists and curators who want to learn more about mediating art, academics and YOU.
The talk will be held in english language.
María Acasos “La educatión artística no son manualidades. Nuevas prácticas en la enseñanza de las artes y la cultura visual.” (2009/2014) is not yet available in english. I thought I’d give a small insight – for those who do not read spanish, might geht an idea of it. It is demanding for me to write about a spanish publication in english. Sorry for every misreading/miswriting in advance. A text by María Acaso on artEducation in english is published in “What’s next? Art Education“. And here´s an interview on “The Art Educator’s Talk” in German & Spanish. María Acaso is currently working at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she is part of the group pedagogías invisibles (amongst many other things); here you find more about her work.
Now, let´s read:
During our visit in Madrid, we went to see cultural spaces, such as the Prado Media lab – Javier Laporta was so kind to show us around. This Media Lab is a space for the public. Therefore, the Public is not considered as such, but as “users”. In the basement, there is a fablab, the ground floor provides space to meet, work & exhibit, at second floor is an auditorium to be found- together with three spaces for residencies. (Which I wonder who´s going to be there for the next year…) There are a lot of groups meeting and developing ideas within the space. The only condition is, that the projects have to have some kind of common interest. I don´t know if they´d like to hear it, but from my view, it is like a huge laboratory for art education. (And: Don´t miss the staircase!)
When art educators meet and discuss, sharing is an important part: Which books had you been reading recently? Whose projects, which ideas do you like/dislike?
Maria Acaso and I prepared for “PDF- und encuentro” some book titles we both found important for our work and the idea of a change. These are the titles:
*Contradecirse una misma. Museos y mediación educativa crítica. Experiencias desde las educadoras de la documenta 12. (Anahí Macaroff / Alejandro Cevallos (Eds.)), 2015. (In english)
* The fellow reader #1: On Boycott, Censorship and Educational Practices. (Renata Cervetto, de Appel arts centre), 2015
* Curating and the Educational Turn. (Paul O’Neill / Mick Wilson (Eds.), de Appel arts centre & Open editions, 2010.
* Education. (Felicity Allen, Editor) Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, 2011.
Last week, I had the chance to talk about “What´s Next? Art Education”, together with Torsten Meyer within the lecture series “PDF – un encuentro” by Maria Acaso. The program is part of an exhibition titled “ni arte, ni education” (Oct 30th – January 10th). We had an evening talking about the shift in art education, which is happening NOW. (Some tweets about the encuentro here)
October 30th, an exhibition with the title “ni arte, ni educatión” (neither art, nor education) will open its doors at Matadero, Madrid. The exhibition proposes different activities: it is about research, the city, diversity, disobeying…it´s a contact zone between the two discourses: Art and education. It is incited by the collectives “pédagogicas invisibles” and “Grupo de pensamiento de Educación Disruptiva de Matadero Madrid (GED)“.There will be 21 projects realized in difference forms. If you happen to be in Madrid between October 30th 2015 and January 30th 2016: It´s a recommendation!
Torsten Meyer and me are going to have a talk there (PDF) with Maria Acaso on What´s Next? Art Education, december 11th, 7 pm.
Luis Camnitzer on “ni arte, ni educatión”:
” “Ni arte ni educación”, por lo tanto, no es aquí una declaración nihilista que proponga un desierto cultural unificado por la ignorancia. Es, en cambio, una declaración crítica del uso de ambas palabras pero que no niega ni una ni otra. Es una frase que denuncia la separación disciplinaria que obliga a fragmentar el conocimiento. Es una crítica que nos propone un desafío para que nos pongamos a generar sistemas de órdenes creativos y a hacerlo creativamente. Es una declaración que busca una palabra que todavía no existe. O, en su lugar, que trata de recargar y unificar las palabras ya conocidas y por ahora muertas por el mal uso. Es una frase que quiere facilitar la liberación de los individuos en tal forma que dentro de su individualidad se puedan definir como una unidad pensante y sensible, pero dentro del contexto del bien colectivo.”