Learning, Politics and Architecture in the Global 1960s and 1970s
Sat, Nov 30 & Sun, Dec 1, 2019
Conference, in English
When and why is a school building political? Where does knowledge originate? How can learning places be designed to meet the aims of social change? Prior to the Education Shock events scheduled at HKW and elsewhere in Berlin from September 2020, the two-day conference of the same name attends to the intersections of spatial and educational politics.
In the 1960s and 1970s, education became a place-making endeavor of an unprecedented scale. Far-reaching educational reforms and architectural experimentation produced novel and expansive learning environments. Demographics played just as important a role in these global developments as the arduous transition from industrial to post-industrial economies. Likewise, the systems’ competition of the Cold War coincided with claims for equal opportunity and social mobility.
International experts from various disciplines and the audience will enter into conversation about the spatial and educational policies of the 1960s and 1970s, an era that may prove to be an ample resource for the urgent renewal of today’s infrastructures of learning.
Monika Mattes from the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education discusses the West German comprehensive school (Gesamtschule) as a catalyst for the origination of new knowledge about schools. Urbanist and historian Elke Beyer examines Soviet campus exports in the 1960s. Catherine Burke, professor of educational history at Cambridge, takes a look at walking as a form of knowledge production and subversive practice. Ola Uduku from the Manchester School of Architecture talks about post-colonial school buildings in Ghana and other West African countries.
Conference and exhibition curated by Tom Holert, with further contributions from Sabine Bitter, Evan Calder Williams, Filipa César, Dina Dorothea Falbe, Gregor Harbusch, Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, Oliver Sukrow, Mark Terkessidis, Helmut Weber, Sónia Vaz Borges and Francesco Zuddas
The exhibition Education Shock will open in September 2020, in conjunction with Bildung in Beton, an extensive program of collaborations, convened by HKW’s Department for Education, and a film program at Arsenal. Institute for Film and Video.
Tom Holert is an art historian, author, curator and artist in Berlin. In 2015 he co-founded the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. In collaboration with Anselm Franke, he curated the 2018 HKW exhibition Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930. Upcoming is Knowledge beside Itself. Contemporary Art’s Epistemic Politics (Sternberg Press, 2020).
Conference funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. Part of The New Alphabet, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.
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