June 3, 2017, by Franziska Koch

ANN: Workshop “De-essentializing Difference – Acknowledging Transculturality. Art Education…”, 9 June 2017, Kassel, Germany

Two members of ReNetMoCoCA recently announced the workshop “De‐Essentializing Difference − Acknowledging Transculturality. Art (History) Education and the Public Sphere in a Globalized World”, Friday, 9 June 2017, 2:30‐6:30 pm, KulturBahnhof Kassel, Germany. The event is organized on the occasion of documenta 14 and presents an activity of the Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities (RNTP). Although it is does not focus on Chinese art, one presenter will approach the topic with a case study from Hong Kong.

The collaborative no-budget event is kindly hosted by Kunsthochschule Kassel (KHS) as a part of their KMMN program, an interdisciplinary platform offering 100 days of art school to coincide with documenta 14. The workshop will take place in the KulturBahnhof Kassel, room “Interim”, Franz-Ulrich-Straße 16, 34117 Kassel (directions: http://mapkit.io/embed/r5sm4s). It is public and free of charge, but please register by emailing Irina Denkmann at transcultural@geschkult.fu-berlin.de.
Organizers: Amara Antilla, Nanne Buurman, Birgit Hopfener and Franziska Koch.

In line with documenta 14’s attempt to re‐think and transform public spheres in face of the current crisis of democracy, the workshop explores how art and art history education respond to this challenge from multiple cultural, historical, discursive and socio‐political perspectives. It seeks to examine specific realms and practices of publicness with respect to the power structures of more or less entangled art worlds by addressing transcultural processes of subjectivation and community building. To counter essentialisms and politicize difference, we would like to critically discuss the potentials and pitfalls of both national/ist educational agendas as well as neoliberal dismantling of public institutions. The workshop focuses on art education, art history education and education through art (as practiced in academies, museums, exhibitions, schools, universities and other non-institutional initiatives) that take into account the inherent  transculturality of the arts and humanities.



Welcoming Words
Jacob Birken (Kunsthochschule Kassel)
Franziska Koch (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)


Introductory Remarks
Nanne Buurman (Freie Universität Berlin)

2:50-3:50 – SESSION 1
Chair: Birgit Hopfener (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Learning From a City in Crisis? On the Transcultural Approach to Curating documenta 14
Barbara Lutz (Universität Hildesheim)

Transcultural Arts Education – Curating Diversity at Transnational Arts Festivals
Lisa Gaupp (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

TRANScuratorial Academy
Beatrice von Bismarck (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig)


3:50-4:10 Break (20 min)

4:10-4:55 – SESSION 2
Chair: Amara Antilla (Guggenheim Museum, New York)

From University to Shopping Mall, Socially Engaged Wandering
Yang Jing (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

The Actuality of the Anti-fascist Brigades and the International Solidarity Movement of the 1970s: A Case in Kassel 1976
Paz Guevara (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin)


4:55-5:00 Short Break (5 min)

5:00-5:45 – SESSION 3
Chair: Franziska Koch

Art and its Discourse in Trans-Culturality from the Material Turn.
(Networks of Transculturality Outside the Occident)

Sumesh Sharma (Clark House Initiative, Bombay)

De-provincializing the Museum
Nora Sternfeld (Aalto University, Helsinki)


5:45-5:50 Break (5 min)

Chairs: Amara Antilla & Franziska Koch

Chair: Birgit Hopfener


For more information about the workshop and the Research Network for Transcultural Practices in the Arts and Humanities (RNTP) see http://www.network-transcultural.net/RNTP-Activities/index.html.

For more information about Kunsthochschule Kassel’s KMMN see http://www.kmmn.space.

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