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Symposium on Artistic Interventions in educational and social contexts

An event of the Certificate Course “Artistic Interventions in Cultural Education” at the University of Hildesheim, funded by Stiftung Mercator

Friday, 8th July – Saturday, 9th July 2022 at the University of Hildesheim / Main Campus and Cultural Campus at the Domain of Marienburg

The Symposium addresses artists working in the field of Cultural Education and other societal contexts, scientists and scholars, students and practitioners in the fields of Cultural Education and Cultural Mediation as well as representatives from cultural and education institutions and administrations.

Art bears a particular potential for cultural education processes. Experiencing artistic principles and processes can stimulate inquisitiveness, independent and unconventional thought and action as well as one’s self-perception and that of one’s environment among children, youths and adults. It can also strengthen awareness of self-efficacy and of complex societal contexts. The International Symposium seeks to create access to and discuss knowledge and insights relating to cultural and education policy programmes in various countries, demonstrate a wide range of perspectives on aims, potentials and impacts of cultural interventions in educational contexts and make different artistic concepts and strategies for working in various social and educational contexts experienceable in practice workshops run by artists.

The key objectives and issues of the Symposium:

  1. Making accessible and discussing knowledge and insights regarding cultural and education policy programmes of the public sector and private foundations for artists in cultural education in various countries
  2. Demonstrating international perspectives on goals, potentials and impacts of artistic activities in different societal contexts
  3. Getting to know different artistic concepts and practices for working in educational contexts among artists in various fields

We are happy to invite you to spend two days with us getting to know and discussing international positions and gaining impulses for your own work from them.

The Symposium will be held in English.

Admission is free of charge.

The number of participants is limited to 200.

Please register by May 31, 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at: symposium [at] uni-hildesheim [dot] de

Symposium Programme

Friday, July, 8th 2022, Main Campus Hildesheim University

9.00 Guided Tour of Hildesheim’s historic sites and Unesco World Heritage

10.30 Informal welcome and snack (Audi Max, Main Campus Hildesheim University)

11.00 Welcome and Introduction “Artistic Interventions in social and educational contexts” – opportunities, potentials, political support (Prof Dr Birgit Mandel, Department for Cultural Policy, head of programme “Artistic Interventions in Educational Contexts”)

11.30 Artistic Intervention – a common experience with artist Uta Plate (freelance theatre director and lecturer in manifold national and international contexts) – Musiksaal

12.30 Lunch

Session 1 Policy Programmes for Artists in Arts Education

Section 1 presents Policy Programs for Artists in social and educational contexts in different countries

Which kind of structures, programmes and strategies do exist in different countries to support artists? What is known about the effects? Which kind of structures are necessary to guarantee sustainable support?

13.30 Teresa Torres de Eça (World Alliance for Arts Education, Portugal): Artists in education: A landscape of connections and tensions

14.15 Goethe Institut (Germany): The role of the Goethe Institut in Artistic Interventions in social and educational contexts

15.00 Panel Discussion

16.00 Coffee and cake

Session 2 Artistic Interventions in educational and social contexts from a scientific perspective

Section 2 uses the format of participative lectures to discuss scientific results and perspectives on potentials, methods and effects of artistic work in social, educational, political and business contexts

What are the specific benefits and effect that arts can deliver in educational, social, political or business contexts? What are the methods being used? Which kind of studies and evaluations do exist?

16.30 – 17.30 Participative Lecture 1

17.55 – 18.45 Participative Lecture 2

Please choose two of the following participative lectures:

Meriam Bousselmi (Writer, Theatremaker, Lawyer and Researcher from Tunisia based in Berlin): Montaigne’s head and Aesop’s tongue

Renata Cervetto (Curator of the 11th Berlin Biennale and arts educator from Argentina): Archives in art and education: what, how and for whom?

Dr Tiina Kukkonen (The Canadian Society for Education through Art / Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Canada): Envisioning the Future of Artistic Interventions – From Research to Action

Prof Dr Ariane Berthoin Antal (WZB Berlin Social Science Center): The highs and lows of conducting meaningful research on artistic interventions

Verena Melgarejo-Weinandt (curator, artist based in Berlin, researcher at Central European University, Hungary ): Centering Artistic Mediation from a curatorial point of view: How can artistic positions mediate Gloria Anzaldúas work?

19.30 Dinner at Main Campus / Gathering & Networking


Saturday, July, 9th 2022, Culture-Campus Domäne Marienburg

Session 3 Artistic Interventions in educational and social contexts from an artistic viewpoint

Session 3 is created by artists who show their approaches for working in educational and social contexts and invite to participate in a common artistic experience

Which kind of approaches and methods do artists use to intervene in educational, social or political contexts? How do they combine their profession as artists with participative projects?

09.00 Welcome with snacks and short Artistic Interventions

09.15 Short Presentations of all workshop instructors

10.00 Practical Artistic Workshops 1

11.30 Practical Artistic Workshops 2

Please choose two of the following workshops:

David Garner (artist & arts educator from Wales, UK): Socially Engaged Art from A to B

Dr Anton Kats (artist, musician & dancer from Ukraine, based in Berlin): RA:DIO – All kinds of fires. Listening as an interventory resource

Mareike Wenzel & Mariam Gabritchidze & Lili Mamulashvili (theatre makers, theatre & arts educators from Georgia and Germany / organisation: აიწონა-დაიწონა/AITSONA-DAITSONA):  Creating Communal Stages: A workshop based on Aitsona-Daitsona’s theatre work with teachers and children in Georgia

Dr Naomi A. Haruna (SDG Graduate School – University of Maiduguri, Nigeria): Effectiveness of Artistic Interventions in educational and social contexts with an insurgency environment: a case of Borno Internally Displaced Persons

Anne Helga Henning (artist, arts educator & atelierista / Norwegian University of Science and Technology): Exploring the world together through participation in artistic processes

Jan Hendrickse (artist, composer & musician from London, UK): Distributed authorship in creative processes: Exploring some models of practice.

Renée Olili Zako (artist, arts educator, mediator & manager / Les Associations Majuscules, Ivory Coast) : École de la vie – the importance of a sense of community values & the notion and essence of culture in our communities

Sofía Olascoaga (Co-Curator of the 32. Biennale in São Paulo, artist & researcher at Independent Curators International, from Mexico)

13.00 Official End of Conference

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Gathering & Networking

17.00 Official End

Symposium Registration / Friday, July, 08th – Saturday, July, 09th, 2022

To register for the symposium, please use the REGISTRATION on the website of the University of Hildesheim.

Please register by May 31, 2022.