On Colonial Legacies

and Contemporary Societies

Art Education

ART EDUCATION

ifa art education - In cooperation with the Institute for Art in Context / Berlin University of the Arts 

This double seminar in the summer semester 2017 explores, together with artists as well as students from the university and from schools, the colonial legacies in contemporary and historical teaching and study materials. Guest speakers from the fields of general and artistic education present their approaches to decolonising educational work.

Selected events will be announced for public participation.

Critical (re)readings of school and children’s books The seminar is dedicated to an examination of school books and materials in regards to their penetrations in social, historical and political terms. Which politics of image and of language dominate at what time and in which context? How do we learn to recognise colonial, racialising or segregating modes of representation? (Seminar by Claudia Hummel)

“unlearn to learn” – Perspectives of decolonisation in the practice field of school The seminar takes as its point of departure this year’s programme of the ifa Gallery Berlin in order to collaboratively question colonial legacies in the context of school and to examine the possibilities of deconstructing them artistically and educationally. How are colonial power relations re-inscribed in the space of school and its teaching and study materials, and how can they be “unlearned”? (Seminar by Annika Niemann)


Media Resistance

MediaResistance

Workshop of students of the Institute for Art in Context/Berlin University of the Arts with pupils from the Oberstufenzentrums for Media Design and Media Technology, Berlin. Photo: Annika Niemann

The topic of colonialism is often a blind spot in the curriculum of German schools. The art mediation programme at the ifa-Galerie Berlin has taken this as a point of departure for a critical, artistic survey. Pupils, teachers, mediators, and university students are invited to explore the topic of “colonial legacies” with its many perspectives and voices and to respond with their own comments, ideas for action, and questions. This will give rise to a transdisciplinary collection of material for further investigation and reflection in the practice-based realm of schools.

Following a two-part seminar during the 2017 summer semester in cooperation with the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts, during which both current and historical learning and teaching materials were examined as to their colonial legacies, now the practice-based project “media resistance” is beginning. It will involve pupils from two Berlin vocational schools and will be carried out in collaboration with the state-funded programme Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen Berlin (Cultural Agents for Creative Schools in Berlin).



Chapter 2

Wed, 5 July, 10 am–12 noon
Public seminar

Talk by Thiago de Paula Souza about a decolonial education
practice

In cooperation with Claudia Hummel,
Institute for Art in Context, Berlin University of the Arts



Chapter 3

The topic of colonialism is often a blind spot in the curriculum of German schools. The art mediation programme at the ifa-Galerie Berlin has taken this as a point of departure for a critical, artistic survey. Pupils, teachers, mediators, and university students are invited to explore the topic of “colonial legacies” with its many perspectives and voices and to respond with their own comments, ideas for action, and questions. This will give rise to a transdisciplinary collection of material for further investigation and reflection in the practice-based realm of schools. Following a two-part seminar during the 2017 sum- mer semester in cooperation with the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts, during which both current and histo- rical learning and teaching materials were examined as to their colo- nial legacies, now the practice-based project “media resistance” is beginning. It will involve pupils from two Berlin vocational schools and will be carried out in collaboration with the state-funded pro- gramme Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen Berlin (Cultural Agents for Creative Schools in Berlin).

Concept: Annika Niemann



Chapter 4

Exclusion, speechlessness, and the positions that counter these. Which channels are open to me and which language can I still speak? In November 2017, the joint project media resistance – Strategien des Widerstands was launched at ifa Gallery Berlin. Students from the Oberstufenzentrum (OSZ, vocational school) for Media Design and Technology and the OSZ for Clothing and Fashion have been exploring aesthetic practices of resistance and how these can be disseminated‚ in a straightforward and cost-effective way. The focus is on analogue and subversive means of communication and protest culture, be they textile, auditory, or visual. The students use performance to challenge the institutional space. Their large-scale, screenprinted posters and smaller, conveniently sized zines allow them to carry their visual messages into the urban space. They record and remix sounds from around their school’s neighbourhood before reintroducing them into the public sphere. In spring 2018, their results and experiences will be presented both at ifa Gallery Berlin and online.

Project led by: Annika Niemann and Carsten Cremer

In cooperation with:
OSZ Mediengestaltung und Medientechnologie, OSZ Bekleidung und Mode,allourmemories. Büro für urbane Kommunikation, Serigraphica and the artists and art educators Joao Albertini, Esra Ersen, Lukas Grundmann, Zille Homma Hamid, Satch Hoyt,
Sven Mühlender, Gregor Pfeffer, Marlon van Rooyen, Jorinde Splettstößer and Victoria Tomaschko

Kindly supported by:
Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung und Landesprogramm Kulturagenten für kreative
Schulen Berlin.