Education Shock

Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s
2021, Apr 01, Thu — 2021, Jul 11, Sun

Filipa César, Sónia Vaz Borges, Skola di Tarafe | Film Still, 2020 | Courtesy the artists

Filipa César, Sónia Vaz Borges, Skola di Tarafe | Film Still, 2020 | Courtesy the artists

Group Ludic, Quartier de la Grande Delle, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, 1968 | Courtesy estate Xavier de la Salle

Group Ludic, Quartier de la Grande Delle, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, 1968 | Courtesy estate Xavier de la Salle

Protesting students climbing into Low Library, Columbia University, April 1968 | © Richard Howard

Protesting students climbing into Low Library, Columbia University, April 1968 | © Richard Howard

The Acorn School, New York | © Maris/Semel Photo

The Acorn School, New York | © Maris/Semel Photo

Walter-Gropius-Schule | Foto: Christopher Falbe, 2020

Walter-Gropius-Schule | Foto: Christopher Falbe, 2020

Photo: Frank Kleinbach | Inga Danysz: Crawler, Rocket, 2017 | Courtesy the artist & Kunstverein Reutlingen

Photo: Frank Kleinbach | Inga Danysz: Crawler, Rocket, 2017 | Courtesy the artist & Kunstverein Reutlingen

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched a satellite into orbit, winning the first stage of the “space race.” The West reacted to the “Sputnik crisis” with an unprecedented education offensive that soon dominated the social debate. Education Shock looks at the decades following the “shock” of the Sputnik crisis , in which education expanded on a global scale.

The exhibition and two publications show how the spaces of learning were deeply transformed under the pressure of demographic and technological developments, the Cold War and the social movements culminating around 1968.
In collaboration with artists, academics and architects, curator Tom Holert explores this era of experimentation and conflict.
In the midst of the Corona crisis, which makes pressing problems in the education sector acutely visible, he proposes to reassess the educational ventures of the 1960s and 1970s, as an archive which may inform current debates.

Complementing the exhibition, the Education in Concrete project reaches out to eight Berlin schools. As they team up with artists, students will engage with their school buildings of the 1960s and 1970s and speculate on learning environments of the future.

The Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art is developing an extensive film program on the themes of the exhibition.

Exhibition with contributions from 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

Curated by Tom Holert

Read the curatorial statement

Part of The New Alphabet

Exhibition, school project, publication

Apr 1–Jul 11, 2021
Opening hours:
Daily except Tue
12 noon–8 pm

Exhibition hall 1

Admission:
7€/3€

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