Gallery Education as Critical Practice and Research at Documenta 12
From June to September 2007, the 12th edition of Documenta, regarded as ‘the most important exhibition of contemporary art, drawing attention from all over the world,’ will take place in the city of Kassel, Germany. For the first time in the history of Documenta, education plays a prominent part in the framework of this event. One of the three Leitmotifs proposed by the artistic directors is on the question of education and its relation to current art. The question, What is to be done?, shifts the educational programme from a marginal position to the centre of the event. This presentation will outline the concept of this programme, its different fields of action and its potential significance for German cultural policies. I will also describe our intent to render education at documenta 12 as a critical practice and a team-based action research project.
Associate Professor, Institute for Cultural Studies: ART-MEDIA-TEXTILES, Universitat Oldenburg, Germany