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Under the Mango Tree: Sites of Learning, July 2017
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Public Education

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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.

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Methodologies

Creating a tool for orientation, aneducation, photo: Liebschuh

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.

Resources for teachers: Laufmappe

This is the documenta 14 Laufmappe. The Laufmappe has been written by the aneducation team of documenta 14 to support pre- and post-visits to the exhibition (April 8–September 17, 2017). The Laufmappe…

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Chorus & Walks

Members of the documenta 14 Chorus, Athens, photo: Dimitris Parthimos

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.… More

Faculty:
Keiko Higashi, Mona Jas, Gila Kolb, Leanne Turvey, David Smeulders, Konstanze Schütze

Chorus Athens:
Denise Araouzou, Clare Breen, Sarah De Wilde, Tomas Diafas, Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Mika Hayashi Ebbesen, Aimilia Efthimiou, Maria Bianca Fasiolo, Orestes Giannoulis, Demetra Ignatiou, Orestis Karalis, Timothy Laskaratos, Thanos Makris, Vera Mlechevska, Johnny Pavlatos, Dana Papachristou, Georgios Papadopoulos, Nina Salamova, Giorgos Samantas, Mateusz Sapija, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, Dimitra Tsiaouskoglou, Athanasios Tsolas, Myrto Vratsanou, Ida Westh-Hansen, Silke Wittig, Georgia Zachari

Chorus Kassel:
Aliaa Abou Khaddour, Susan Abu Baker, Feben Amara, Peter Anhalt, Karl-Albert Apelt, Joey Arand, Katharina Bauer, Maximilian Bauer, Sarah Baum, Andrea Behnke, Pia Beholz, Julia Bernhardt, Gertrude Betz, Laura Beya, Friederike Bill, Kira Bogdashkina, Antje Boijens, Vanessa Braun, Barbara Campaner, Maria Catalina Cañas Acosta, Anastasia Chaguidouline, Karina Chernenko, Doro-Thea Chwalek, Hélène Coineau-Sellnow, Laura Diermann, Irma Dohn, Helena Dornieden, Ronja Electra Ehrenberg, Mona Eing, Dahlia El Broul, Alice Escher, Peter Eurlings, Marén Imela Freyer, Maximilian Gallo, Anne Garthe, Özgür Genc, Katharina Geyer, Annika Glass, Julia Goltermann, Adriana Granato, Luzi Gross, Rosa Violetta Grötsch, Fatma Gul, Sevda Güler, Emin Günaydin, Jasmin Hagedorn, Alina Hanske, Irmhild Hartinger, Anna Helfers, Sylvia Hempelmann, Pascal Heußner, Antonia Heyn, Kerrin Hille, Mira Hirtz, Alfred Hohmann, Max Holicki, Carsten Horn, Ünal Igde, Lucas Itacarambi, Louisa Jacobs, Hanna Jurisch, Sarah Maria Kaiser, Marie-Sophie Kammler, Irini Karamitrou, Lisa Marie Kattendiek, Georgia Kaw, Adela Kim, Sooyun Kim, Anna K. Kleeberg, Roland Knieg, Axel Knüppel, Sarah Koch, Jana Maria Köder, Yul Koh, Thea Josepha Konatsu Drechsler, Tim König, Zvonimir Kontrec, Ira Konyukhova, Georgi Krastev, Gunhild Kühlewind-Lüling Malin Kuht, Steffi Kutsch, Nina Kuttler, Olga Lang, Hannah Lansburgh, Julia Laukert, Gregor Legeland, Jana Leiker, Milena Leiker, Peter Lepp, Vera Leuschner, Lisa Licht, Eva Liedtjens, Ulf Ligniez, Christina Lindner, Frank Lorberg, David Ludwig, Ellen Markgraf, Anna Mattern, Annika Mayer, Hannah Menne, Marah Mhethawi, Susanne Minke, Ann-Kathrin Mogge, Georg Müller, Karin Müller Schmied, Ruth Müller, Lisa Mutke, Dafne Narvaez Berlfein, Liane-Heide Niederhoff, Ulrike Ortwein, Geun Woo Park, Alia Pathan, Natalija Paunic, Jeanette Petrik, Franz Christoph Pfannkuch, Juliane Phieler, Esther Poppe, Tobias Range, Marilena Raufeisen, Janna-Mirl Redmann, Jutta Paula Reeps-Wagner, Nicolas Reibel, Katharina Reinhold, Silke Renner-Schmittdiel, Regula Sophia Rickert, Erik Ritzel, Clara Ronsdorf, Diana Rothaug, Kerstin Rupprecht, Frida Sandstöm, Miriam Schäfer, Volker Schäfer, Sylvia Schmelzer, Gabriel Schmidt, Jens Schmidt, Julian Schneider, Tanja Schomaker, Ann Schomburg, Laura Schreiner, Jasmin Schülke, Marion Siampakou, Benoit Sloet, Philipp Spillmann, Anjelika Spöth, Verena Sprich, Sarah Steiner, Karin A. Thielecke, Marlen Thiermann, Jens Thumser, Jelena Toopeekoff, Lena Trost, Francesca Valentini, Johannes van den Boom, Arda van Tiggelen, Sadaf Vasaei, Christopher Vogel, Achim Vorreiter, Sophie von Waitz, Kaja Weldner, Jacqueline Wendel, Petra Werner, Barbara Wiebking, Anne Wilhelm, Judith Wilking, Claus Wohlgemuth, Al-Maboren Zaki, Vivian Zavataro, Sholpan Zhanuzakova

Walks

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…

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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…

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Intensives

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.

Summer Intensive 2017: School of Gesture

May 16–21, 2017
Location: Old Library, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens
In collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Art (ASFA) and University of Kassel

Lou…

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Winter Intensive 2017: Hearing Voices (School of Voice)

January 17–21, 2017
Location: Athens School of Fine Arts, Pireos and Delphi
In collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Art (ASFA) and University of Kassel

Students…

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Summer Intensive 2016: School of Listening

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

A selection of “pointy objects“ contributed by students to Panos Charalambous’s…

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Archive

Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning

To come under the shade of this mango tree with such deliberateness and to experience the fulfillment of solitude emphasize my need for communion. While I am physically alone proves that I understand the essentiality of to be with.
—Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Heart

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Nourishing Knowledge

Methods of cooking and eating together often come to us in collectively authored, oral, and gestural forms, handed down by word of mouth and via migration…

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Narrowcast House

Narrowcast House is an open radio studio and listening space initiated by artist Anton Kats for documenta 14’s aneducation. Located in a disused storefront in Kassel’s Nordstadt, Narrowcast House is…

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Unpacking Burckhardt: What remains?

Notions of ownership and spatial appropriation are some of the primary issues addressed by the “Lucius-Burckhardt-Platz bleibt!” Initiative during a walk around the University of Kassel site in the…

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Material Matters Library

The “Material Matters” library is a collection of objects and sounds that have been entrusted to aneducation by documenta 14 artists…

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School program: “Material Matters”

A library of materials and objects in dialogue with artworks…

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A-Letheia

Working within the context of aneducation, artist Anton Kats has initiated a project that engages directly with the Athens periptera (kiosks) as spaces for encounter. Aletheia is a Greek word meaning truth…

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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…

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Synantiseis

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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Methodos/Übungen/Exercises

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…

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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…

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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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