Telling Works, Athens, 2017, photo: Dimitris Parthimos

Public Education


What shifts? What drifts? What remains?

Three questions that create the climate of inquiry for documenta 14’s aneducation. An education suggests one of many potential environments of collective study. aneducation, the program, develops relationships with learning institutions, artist-run spaces, and neighborhoods to investigate the correlation between art, education, and the aesthetics of human togetherness. As a coherent project, documenta 14—with the working title of Learning from Athens—cannot be divided into exhibition, public program, and education. Instead, documenta 14 relies on collective action and individual capacities, building friendships as it grows. Likewise, aneducation develops an artist-led, process-based approach through research, personal exchange, listening, conversing, walking, reading, and looking—gathering knowledge but also dispersing it like a breathing organism. The encounter between art, artists, and the public is our point of departure, learning from the context in which we are situated.… More

A neologism sitting somewhere between anarchy and pedagogy, aneducation rolls off the tongue when spoken, becoming again something else. Depending on which voice or voices breathe it—how loud, how soft, how long—aneducation is embodied differently in the world. A trickster term: listeners cannot know how aneducation is spelled, leaving space for productive misinterpretation. Indeed, aneducation is therefore less an attempt at a curriculum than a cacophony, a chorus of voices that not only speaks but listens, shifts, doubts, and dreams. It is a mode for unlearning, or, conversely, a nourishing act, a warm gesture that reaches out to the possibility of learning otherwise.

In Athens and in Kassel, aneducation is a daily practice and a public learning. It addresses education as an open form, referring to the methodology of Oskar and Zofia Hansen, and as a space for spontaneous gestures and occurrences that “will awaken the desire of existence.” aneducation is a walk through rather than a walk around: walking into rumors and strategies of silence and the unpredictability of art. aneducation is also a meeting point where a series of erratic paths that track the question of the self in space and the moments of unrelenting instability in which we live intersect. It invites the visiting public to engage with contemporary artistic practices and to leave traces in Athens and Kassel. It thinks with art to explore how it feels to belong to a community, to occupy a body, to speak a language, and to care, to resist, to persist. The program is not based on either/or dichotomies: knowing and not knowing, sense and nonsense, significance or insignificance, but rather on an absence of grand narratives. aneducation approaches the project of working and learning together through a reorientation guided by shadows and echoes.

What educational methodologies are being employed and challenged in Athens, Kassel, and elsewhere? aneducation addresses educational modes devised by the work and understanding of artists, architectural practitioners, thinkers, and educators, on learning as a process that engages one’s body and senses in an active way. aneducation addresses collaborative, public, and political aspects of learning in the broader context of documenta 14 and the collaboration between Athens and Kassel.


aneducation researches and adopts the methodologies and approaches of a number of teachers, artists, and thinkers from a variety of periods and backgrounds.… More

Annemarie and Lucius Burckhardt (1930­–2012, Switzerland; 1925–2003, Switzerland)
Occupying the Lehrcanapé (“professorial sofa”) at the Gesamthochschule Kassel (now Kassel University) in the Department for the Study of Town Planning/Landscape Planning and practising so-called strollology, the Burckhardts inspired students not only to have a bird’s eye view of the city plan, but also to understand it on a 1:1 scale. What does it mean to walk within the cityscape and how does this change our perception of how to plan for the city? Coming from a background in sociology, the Burckhardts believed that the relationship between the planner or the architect, the city and its people could have a profound effect on the way that we plan for the future—not by asking what needs to be built but “who is planning the planning?” Thinking about the relationship between the kiosk, the tram stop, and the zebra crossing, the Burckhardts’ approach to educating students began with a return to the source of our mobility within the city.

Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992, Italy)
The Italian-born architect, writer, and publisher Lina Bo Bardi spent the most of her professional career in Brazil. Having devoted her practice to the planning and building of public spaces, she is best known for the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, SESC Pompeia, and the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia. Bo Bardi approached notions of publicness, participation, locale, collectivity, and the ever-shifting status of documents and ruins in her architectural practice and scenographic work. Her core interests included how to keep the remnants of pasts—material, social, or oral—accessible, acknowledged, and relevant with a present context. How to work within existing structures? What is the relationship between the document, monument, and collective action? And drawing from this, how to account for the ephemeral moment of transformation? How to discern the diversity and dialectics of the public as audience and collaborator non-hierarchically? And finally, how to form affinities while maneuvering independently within fraught political circumstances?

Oscar and Zofia Hansen (1922–2005, Finland; 1924–2013, Poland)
“We have come to Otterlo to ask and try to answer a simple question: What do we have in common, and how are we to fight for it?,” wrote Oskar and Zofia Hansen in “The Open Form in Architecture—The Art of the Great Number.” Critical of the standardization of architectural forms in social housing, urban planning, and even education in Poland’s postwar period, the Hansens are both credited for the above-quoted manifesto, delivered at the 1959 CIAM gathering in the small Dutch town of Otterlo. As opposed to the “closed form” seen in functionalist responses to growing urban communities—whereby citizens became numbers to be housed, educated and employed—“open form” as an attitude rather than a doctrine, recognized the position of “the individual within the collective,” making them “indispensable in the creation of [their] own surroundings.” Only a few registrations of the Hansens’ “didactic tools” or “apparatuses” exist, mostly captured in photographs or the memories of students as strange analogue contraptions—some weblike and boxy, but always complex in structure, transformable, processual, even playful, and relational—set within a network of affinities and differences between the bodies negotiating them.

Ulises Carrión (1941–1989, Mexico)
Living in Mexico, Ulises Carrión began to write from an early age, after which he graduated in English Literature in the United Kingdom before moving to Amsterdam in the 1970s. Perhaps the labyrinthine structure of the city provided him with the conceptual tools for considering communication flows. During this time, Carrión shifted his approach to literature and started asking artist friends to send him a book that they had recently made. These “bookworks” made by artists soon became an extensive archive, and were displayed in Other Books and So, a small space in the center of Amsterdam. Carrión also travelled extensively in Europe and developed a series of performances; a film festival about Lilia Prado; a series of paper works; the radio broadcast “Trios and Boleros”; and a new commission for Dutch state television. In 1984, he travelled to New York and made a window installation at the independent space Franklin Furnace together with his friend Frans Gribelling. Just before his death in 1989, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam acquired a considerable portion of the archive of Other Books and So, and in 2015 the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in upstate New York acquired the rest.


Paths, routes, and parcours cross and intertwine, as visitors consider the pathways taken by peripatetic thinkers as a point of departure for a reflection on the act of walking. Joining a member of the…

Public Education

International Student Group Visits; Walks, Talks, Encounters

aneducation welcomes visits from international student groups. These visits could include walks in and around the exhibition with members of the documenta 14 Chorus, encounters with aneducation team at…

Public Education


documenta 14 Summer Intensive, Guillermo Galindo resonance exercise, photo: Liebschuh

Beginning in February 2017, the newly appointed members of the documenta 14 Chorus come together in a series of meetings with documenta 14 curators, artists, and contributors, as well as guest artists and art educators in Athens and Kassel. During these days the group will exchange learning methodologies and approaches, initiate scores, find resonances and dissonances in ideas, enact bodies, and spread rumors ahead of the exhibition. This growing chorality—made up of collective and subjective voices—sets the tone for the Walks by the documenta 14 Chorus.

The unfolding of the Chorus throughout documenta 14 is conceived by aneducation in close conversation with the Faculty—a group of guest artists and art educators from various backgrounds who bring with them a polyphony of methods and approaches. Among the members of the Faculty are Mona Jas, Gila Kolb, Konstanze Schütze, David Smeulders, and Leanne Turvey. Together with them and guest contributors, aneducation explores diverse notions of the Chorus within the meetings.

Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities is a yearlong education program within the context of the collaboration between ASFA and documenta 14.

The program, which began in October 2016, consists of regular meetings in which documenta 14 artists and team members as well as contributors to the magazine South as a State of Mind engage with the students in seminars, working sessions, public talks, and readings. Together they identify various patterns, affinities, and threads running through the different elements of documenta 14. Drawing on the ideas of Oskar and Zofia Hansen, the program attempts to address education as an “open form,” a space that cultivates spontaneous gestures and occurrences that “awake the desire of existence,” as described in Oskar Hansen’s Open Form Manifesto of 1959.

Taking place at regular intervals, the encounters work from various starting points, such as the performativity of the self, borderline economies, the history of gesture, diaries, libraries and textiles, scores, living currencies, and political imagination—as well as oracular histories as representing the convergence of various forms of artistic narrative. In the elective affinities that drive chemical reactions, different elements interact and merge at different tempos. Similar attractions are intrinsic to the development of art and collective production.

The program takes the form of weekly, in-depth sessions with enrolled students in which artistic ideas and methodologies are discussed and developed with guest artists and writers of documenta 14. The weekly sessions culminate in monthly clusters of seminars involving intensified projects and discussions as well as public presentations.

The ongoing publication South as a State of Mind becomes a focal point for a joint reading practice. During the program, there are several points of encounter with the Parliament of Bodies and its Societies. A common theme of the Elective Affinities as a whole is the way in which artistic works come to life. How can we make an artwork together? What are some of the ways in which the production of art, the understanding of art, and challenging of the current political imagination can become entangled with one another?… More


The program takes part on the premises of the Athens School of Fine Arts in the Piraeus Annex. The classrooms used for the two semesters of Elective Affinities are located in the Postgraduate Studies Building designed by studio 66 (first semester) and in the so-called “old library” (in the second semester) which is designed together with Aristide Antonas. A hybrid space developed by documenta 14 and the ASFA, the library acts as a studio and salon for the students frequenting the program as well as a public interface hosting local and international students.

The garden of the Athens School of Fine Arts also hosts some meetings and serves as a site for exchanging knowledge and practices. We often meet there on warm days for the observation of nature, discussions, and sessions with curators and artists. Public presentations take place in different locations.


During the week-long Intensives titled Hearing Voices (January 2017) and School of Gesture (May 2017), the students participate in joint seminars and presentations with students from Kassel University.

List of Meetings

Elective Affinities Introduction, October 17, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Cinema Hall
With: aneducation (Sepake Angiama, Anton Kats, Elli Paxinou, Arnisa Zeqo), Zafos Xagoraris

ASFA students and staff members are invited to join a discussion about different learning methodologies in the context of documenta 14 and to meet the team members of aneducation. Elective Affinities is introduced.

Elective Affinities Public Presentation #1, October 18, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, de Chirico Hall
With: Rainer Oldendorf

Photo: Stathis Mamalakis

The artist Rainer Oldendorf discusses his recent artistic research on the 4th International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM 4), which took place on the SS Patris in 1933 as the boat traveled from Marseille to Athens. The presentation addresses the challenging and extended link between modernist architecture and social organization. Oldendorf talks about revisiting of this itinerary and the CIAM 4 by traveling the other direction, from Athens to Marseille, with students on a five-day boat trip. During the seminar on the boat an attempt is made to produce the 14th chapter of Oldendorf’s ongoing film series Marco.

Elective Affinities Seminar #1, October 19, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With: Rainer Oldendorf

Photo: Stathis Mamalakis

Rainer Oldendorf gives a closed seminar focused on addressing the links between architecture and the organization of society, neoclassical dwellings, and modern construction. The students discuss Architects’ Congress (1933), a film diary recorded by László Moholy Nagy at CIAM 4 and extracts of the picaresque film Marco.

Elective Affinities Seminar #2, November 1, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With: Moyra Davey, Aboubakar Fofana, Quinn Latimer, Vivian Suter, Monika Szewczyk

Photo: Freddie F.

In this session Moyra Davey introduces her writing and artistic practice with a particular focus on her recent work Hemlock Forest (2016) and her contribution to South as a State of Mind, “Walking with Nandita.” Quinn Latimer also discusses Davey’s text in South and their visit to India. In the second part of the session Vivian Suter engages the students in a painting exercise, in which fish glue and several pigments are used to paint on large sheets of white paper arranged on the floor. Lastly, Monika Szewczyk and artist Aboubakar Fofana talk about his upcoming work involving the garden of the Athens School of Fine Arts and a seminar on calligraphy that takes place later in the year.

Elective Affinities Weekly Class Meeting, November 8, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Garden and Masters Building
With: Feodora Pallas, Monika Szewczyk, Arnisa Zeqo

Photo: aneducation

The students meet at the garden to collect pomegranate and walnut shells with Monika Szewczyk and Feodora Pallas. The collected natural materials are to be used for making natural pigments during a seminar with Aboubakar Fofana that takes place later in the year.

Elective Affinities Seminar #3, November 22–24, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With: Daniel García Andújar

Photo: Freddie F.

Under the title “Take out Diogenes’s Lamp” artist Daniel García Andújar gives a three-day seminar where he discusses different ways of assembling and disseminating archival material. He focuses both on surveillance and control in the age of internet and hacking the historical canon. The students also discuss and present in class their own personal archives, which may take digital or material form. The students receive feedback from the artist and the rest of the class.

Elective Affinities Public Presentation #2, November 23, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, de Chirico Hall
With: Daniel García Andújar

Photo: Freddie F.

Under the title “Hacking the Canon and the Story’s Material” artist Daniel García Andújar gives a public presentation on his practice. The presentation deals with the disappearance of public space and the new global division of labor. The artist discusses how art generates models of resistance that transform cultural practices and how these can be siphoned off from the machinery of digitalization into a creative process.

Elective Affinities Seminar #4, December 13–15, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With Pascale Criton, Angela Melitopoulos, and students from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Photo: Freddie F.

Composer Pascale Criton and artist Angela Melitopoulos give a three-day seminar entitled “Cross-Listening” with student participants from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The seminar starts with a practical improvisation based on a conceptual composition by Cornelius Cardew. This is followed by a discussion based on the film installation The Refrain (2015) by Angela Melitopoulos. Pascale Criton presents her research and some examples of her practice, including the work Sensitive Ears (2015). The students are asked to record a sound event from their surroundings and bring the recordings to class the following day. The seminar ends with Criton and Melitopoulos reflecting on Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s theory of subjectivity.

Elective Affinities Public Presentation #3, December 14, 2016
Athens School of Fine Arts, de Chirico Hall
With: Pascale Criton, Angela Melitopoulos

Photo: Freddie F.

Composer Pascale Criton and artist Angela Melitopoulos give a public presentation entitled “Cross-Listening.” Melitopolous discusses the development of her ongoing film project Crossings for documenta 14. She talks about the circulation of voices within the autonomy of migration , in which subjectivities emerge through what Félix Guattari described as “an incessant coming-and-going between complexity and chaos.” Pascale Criton talks with Melitopoulos about aspects of Crossings,. and they jointly argue for an ecology of listening that is altogether ethical, poetic, and social.

Elective Affinities, Special Session, December 14, 2016,
Athens School of Fine Arts, Icon Painting Studio
Led by: Dimosthenes Avramidis
With: Aboubakar Fofana

Photo: Freddie F.

During this special session, Aboubakar Fofana shares his calligraphy skills with the students of Elective Affinities and students working at the Icon painting studio headed by Dimosthenes Avramidis. He introduces the students to techniques for writing simple Latin letters.

Elective Affinities, Weekly Class Meeting, January 24, 2017
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With: Angelo Plessas

The artist Angelo Plessas gives a presentation on the second edition of the Experimental Education Protocol scheduled to take place from February 25 to March 3 at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Delphi Annex. The Experimental Education Protocol is an alternative educational model founded by Plessas. Participants are asked to create educational models that revolve around a case study and the local context. The artist encourages the students to participate, and a number of students join him in Delphi later in the year.

Elective Affinities Seminar #5, January 31, 2017
Athens School of Fine Arts, Masters Building
With: Banu Cennetoğlu

Photo: aneducation

Artist Banu Cennetoğlu shares the different aspects of her work with the students. In particular, she discusses a number of works that collect the printed newspapers of a single day within a selected geography. She also introduces the students to the challenges she has faced in her work on the archive of Macist Gul (with Philippine Hoegen), which was presented at Bas, Istanbul, a space for artist’s books, and was initiated by the artist there and in other venues. Finally, she discusses her process of making a new work for documenta 14 in Athens.

Elective Affinities, Weekly Class Meeting, February 7, 2017
Athens School of Fine Arts, old library
With: Ibrahim Mahama

photo: aneducation

The session with artist Ibrahim Mahama is the first to take place in the old library.

The students help to rearrange some items in the space, moving bookshelves and tables to create more room. Artist Ibrahim Mahama presents his project for documenta 14 and invites students for a series of performances happening later in the year on Syntagma Square.

Elective Affinities Seminar #6, February 14–16, 2017
Athens School of Fine Arts, old library
With: Yael Davids

Photo: Stathis Mamalakis

During a three-day seminar entitled “Salon de Tomb: The Library-salon as a Portrait” by artist Yael Davids invites the students to rethink the concept and practice of the salon/library through a performative framework. Yael Davids introduces her research on Rahel Varnhagen (1771–1833), who ran one of the most significant 18th-century salons in Berlin, the correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem, and the Gurlitt collection. In conclusion, the artist leads a performative workshop in which students incorporate different texts read during Elective Affinities and prepare a series of performances.

Each day of the seminar begins with a Feldenkrais session.


Beginning in March and running through June 2017, Synantiseis, a series of public conversations in Athens, introduces documenta through personal stories, reflections, narratives and experiences, film screenings, talks, performances, and DJ sets. How can an exhibition of contemporary art offer multiple perspectives on our global situation? Should exhibitions always respond to the social, cultural, and political realities of daily life? What are the world events that have made an impact on the developments of previous documenta exhibitions, and what impact have these exhibitions had?… More

documenta 14 Synantiseis invites the public to participate in a series of interdisciplinary sessions to foster a dialogue between the context of documenta exhibitions and the socio-political transformations that have taken place in Greece and the world as a whole. These presentations use different conversation formats to engage the public’s imagination, addressing subjects as varied as political speech and the (de)construction of national identity, resistance through performance art and music, film as poetry, the future of exhibition-making, archiving history, and mourning the past.

Synantiseis is part of aneducation, the public education program of documenta 14. All conversations are conducted in either English or Greek, often with translations into the other language, and take place in different venues across Athens.

Invited Contributors:
Clare Butcher, Panos Charalampous, Marina Fokidis, Hendrik Folkerts, Eirini Gerogianni, Georgia Kotretsos, Eirini Papakonstantinou, Nektarios Pappas, Christoph Platz, Gene Ray, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk, Adam Szymczyk, Katerina Tselou, Zafos Xagoraris, Denys Zacharopoulos, Arnisa Zeqo, and Mary Zygouri.

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documenta 4 1968/Kokkinia 1979/Kokkinia 2017

with Irene Gerogianni and Mary Zygouri

Drawing on the tumultuous date 1968 and documenta 4 from the same year, artist Mary Zygouri and art historian Irene Gerogianni discuss the work of Maria Karavela (1938–2012)—a leading figure in Greek…


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with Dieter Roelstraete and Nektarios Pappas

Dieter Roelstraete and Nektarios Pappas take 1972 as their point of departure, the year of Harald Szeemann’s landmark documenta 5, which evolved into a highly debated model for contemporary exhibition…


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Hendrik Folkerts and Eirini Papakonstantinou suggest 1982, the year of documenta 7, as a stage to navigate the legacy of various performance histories. While the 1960s and 1970s were defining moments in…


Summer Intensives

A selection of “pointy objects“ contributed by students to Panos Charalambous’s sound performance, Summer Intensive, Kunsthochschule Kassel, July 20, 2016, photo: Liebschuh

Artist Panos Charalampous guiding an experimental exercise, Summer Intensive, Kunsthochschule Kassel, July 20, 2016, photo: Liebschuh

Artist Zafos Xagoraris tests a hydrophone with students, Summer Intensive, Kunsthochschule Kassel, July 20, 2016, photo: Nektarios Pappas

Artist Rebecca Belmore leads a performative exercise with participants of the Summer Intensive, Auepark, Kassel, July 27, 2016, photo: aneducation

documenta 14 Curator Dieter Roelstraete presents the Gong Show, Summer Intensive, Halle2, Kassel, July 20, 2016, photo: aneducation

documenta 14 Curatorial Advisor Candice Hopkins shows students how to build contact microphones, Summer Intensive, Kunsthochschule Kassel, July 22, 2016, photo: Liebschuh

Artist Joar Nango shares the practice of Yoiking with participants of the Summer Intensive, Kunsthochschule Kassel, July 21, 2016, photo: aneducation

During the course of one year, a seasonal cycle of “intensive” courses is carried out by documenta 14 aneducation in collaboration with learning institutions in Athens, Kassel, and international partners. The Summer Intensives are based on a summer school model whereby thirty to forty participants from different cities and disciplinary backgrounds have the opportunity to come together and exchange learning models as well as their personal practices over an intense period of time with the guidance of special guests. These programs are led by questions and topics present within the practices of artists and other contributors to the documenta 14 project.… More

July 18–29, 2016
Hosted by the Kunsthochschule Kassel and Universität Kassel

documenta 14 Summer Intensive—School of Listening is a site of learning that includes listening sessions, sound walks, lectures, performances, screenings, and of course sound and music, housed in an ancient or contemporary ruin. During a ten-day program, guided by the questions “What shifts? What drifts? What remains?,” contributors to documenta 14 share their practices of listening in fields as diverse as architecture, composition, performance, and history. The Summer Intensive—School of Listening includes students from Kunsthochschule Kassel, Universität Kassel, Musikakademie Kassel, and the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Further Activities

School program: “Material Matters”

A library of materials and objects in dialogue with artworks…

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School program: Telling Works

The relationship between weaving and storytelling, as well as the thread as metaphor of a narrative of life are highly present in folk stories and myths in many countries and cultures. In Greek mythology…

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Unpacking Burckhardt at Peppermint

“And if someone were to dig us up in two thousand years, once all knowledge of our written language had disappeared, the cityscape would be the only thing by which we might be judged.”
—Lucius Burckhardt, Stadtplanung und Demokratie (1957)…


Kulturagent Project

The Kulturagent Project is a collaboration between documenta 14 and eight schools in Kassel and Nordhessen. From September 2016, the "Kulturagent" of documenta 14, Juliane Gallo, extends support to establish…

Public Education

d14 Sessions

Shape-shifting, disorientation, and a search for new coordinates are amongst the layers of the d14 Sessions. Beginning in the summer semester 2016, these weekly sessions are led by the documenta 14 team…

Public Education

Night Shift

Night Shift is an intermittent program of nocturnal activities exploring how the body responds to the shift from day to night and vice versa. In the build-up to the opening of documenta 14, aneducation…

Public Education


28 March–7 April 2016

“From Pireaus to the Polytechnion,” a walk with students of the Athens School of Fine Arts and artist Zafos Xagoraris up Athens’s industrial…

Public Education

Mapping Kassel

April 18–22, 2016

…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province…

Public Education

House of Commons

House of Commons is a series of gatherings with educators, artist collectives and cultural spaces, social initiatives, and community leaders in Kassel and Athens. We are interested in how cultural operators…

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with Cecilia Vicuña
5 pm, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)—Pireos Street (“Nikos Kessanlis” Exhibition Hall), Athens