Press release, Mar 23, 2021

Education Shock exhibition is postponed

The exhibition Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s cannot open as planned on April 1 due to the current situation. The press conference for the exhibition scheduled for March 30 has been cancelled. The exhibition is set up and will open to the public as soon as it is possible.

Individual press tours can be arranged now, please get in touch with .

Until an opening of the exhibition to the public is possible, we recommend that you take a look at the exhibition publication.

Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s looks back on the decades after the Sputnik shock of 1957 when education expanded on a global scale. The exhibition and the publication of the same name show how spaces of learning were constantly rethought and planned under the pressure of demographic and technological developments, the Cold War and the 1968 movements. In collaboration with artists, scholars and architects, curator Tom Holert examines an era of experimentation and suggests it be discovered as an archive and resource for current debates. An accompanying program creates diverse approaches and thematic in-depth knowledge of the exhibition content.

The questions posed by the exhibition are transferred to the current school situation in the school project Education in Concrete. Together with artists, students at eight Berlin schools examined their school buildings from the 1960s and 1970s and speculated about the learning environments of the future. Using resources from architecture, film, sound, performance and visual art, they considered possible learning environments and drafted a manifesto for their transformation and redesign to initiate a dialogue with policymakers.

Education Shock. Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s

Exhibition, publications, accompanying program Exhibition until Jul 11, 2021
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Curated by Tom Holert

Exhibition architecture: Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, Berlin
Exhibition graphics: HIT, Berlin
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With contributions by Michael Annoff, BARarchitekten (Antje Buchholz, Jürgen Patzak-Poor), Elke Beyer, Sabine Bitter, Antje Buchholz, Arne Bunk, Evan Calder Williams, Fraser McCallum, Filipa César, Inga Danysz, Nuray Demir, Christopher Falbe, Dina Dorothea Falbe, Guests & Hosts, Gregor Harbusch, Marshall Henrichs, Claudia Hummel, Ana Hušman, Jakob Jakobsen, Ana Paula Koury, Monika Mattes, Larry Miller, Maria Helena Paiva da Costa, Silke Schatz, Dubravka Sekulić, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, STREET COLLEGE in cooperation with Käthe Wenzel, Maurice Stein, Alexander Stumm, Oliver Sukrow, Ola Uduku, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Sónia Vaz Borges, Helmut Weber, Florian Zeyfang, Francesco Zuddas

Exhibition in cooperation with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, where the project began with the exhibition Learning Laboratories: Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970 (2016/2017) and the conference The Real Estate of Education (2017). Exhibition in cooperation with the Harun Farocki Institute.
Thanks to: rbb
Film program in cooperation with Arsenal. Institut für Film und Videokunst
Film program and series of talks funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education

Education in Concrete

School projects, presentations, manifesto
May to June 2021
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Participating artists: Bauereignis Sütterlin Wagner Architekten, Alexandre Decoupigny, Nezaket Ekici, Dr. Turit Fröbe / Carina Kitzenmaier (Die Stadtdenkerei), Eva Hertzsch / Adam Page, Evgeny Khlebnikov, Maryna Markova, Branca Pavlovic, Sarah Wenzinger and Thomas Wienands

Participating schools: ATRIUM Jugendkunstschule/Bettina-von-Arnim-Schule, Campus Hannah Höch, Carl-von-Linné-Schule, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Schule, Hans-Rosenthal-Grundschule, Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Gymnasium, Thomas-Mann-Gymnasium, Walter-Gropius-Schule

In cooperation with ATRIUM Jugendkunstschule, advised by Montag Stiftung – Jugend und Gesellschaft, funded by Berlin’s Project Fund for Cultural Education, PwC Stiftung.

All events take place under the applicable protection and hygiene regulations.

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office.

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