Mini-Symposium: Education Mojo. Between Self and the World

18 - 19 May 2019, Berlin

This mini-Symposium is a participatory research and exchange of insights and practices between the invited contributors from different corners of the world and the interested audience. Dedicated to the question of what education is and can be. What if education was a work of art? What attitudes are guiding educational processes? How can generation and transfer of knowledge be expanded to include the corporal, sensuous and affective dimensions? What is the importance of such aspects as time and rhythms, indoor and outdoor space, physicality and perception, ‘I’ and ‘the World’ (relationship between personal process of becoming and being part of a larger whole) within educational processes? These are the question we dedicate this event to.


Setting the Stage

Technological development is changing the world, even if it is taking place at different territorial speeds, it is a global phenomenon. Our society is becoming more diverse, life paths are becoming more individual, the meaning of norms and values is changing. Integration into the globalised world and technical innovations lead to novel ethical dilemmas and paradoxes which represent a great challenge to the humanity’s sagacity. We are interested in a fundamental question: What is education in the context of contemporary societies and which practices of education we need in order to create a healthy and sustainable world in response to social modernization?

Within the framework of this mini-symposium the concept and practices of education will be discussed with international representatives from various disciplines. We are interested in a holistic approach to the dominant cognitive concept of education, in supplementing it with aesthetic, emotional, physical, ethical and social dimensions. We are also interested in open honest engagement with these questions, not in a defence of any one particular methodology. The first part of the programme consists of project presentations accentuating their practical implications and will be delivered by artists, scientists, educators, and activists. In the second part there will be an opportunity to experiment, work in smaller groups, develop ideas, and try out different practices and media.

This mini symposium aims to create a space in which knowledge is not consumed, but questioned, and where new forms of knowledge and methods can be created collectively. One of its goals is to formulate specific ideas on a new orientation in education and to design innovative approaches for educational work. Another important goal is to network the actors of different directions and to initiate transdisciplinary educational formats outside of this event.


Preliminary Program

The order of contributions and time division are still to be determined.

Day 1 | Education Marathon | 18.05 | ca. 10h-18h

Opening Impulse: What is education in the 21st century and what makes an "educated" person?

Contributors are invited to share their experiences on a specific topic with the audience. The following topics will be addressed:

Education in the 21st Century

How are processes of growing up changing in the face of globalisation? How to support the formation of an identity that is transcultural, the one that learns from different cultures and grows beyond? How can cultural education take account of multilingualism?

Holistic & Artistic Processes

Sustainable living requires holistic concepts of education that encompass the cognitive, ethical, emotional, aesthetic and physical dimensions. What do holistic educational approaches look like in practice? What role do artistic-creative practices play in this?

Places & Spaces

Holistic understanding of education is not only about the process of learning itself, it is also about the whole context, the environment in which one finds oneself. What are best spaces for learning? What effect do experiences of space have on education: what is the necessary balance between indoors and outdoors? What potential for educational processes does artistic appropriation of places and spaces offer?

Time & Time Consciousness

What challenges does education face in the age of acceleration and what opportunities does cultural education offer in dealing with time? How to be attentive and respect natural rhythms and cycles that individuals experience?


Day 2 | Creathon | 19. 05 | ca. 10h-18h

Participants and contributors join in a co-creative process to develop project ideas in the context of the following topics:

BLOCK I

Option 1: Time & Time Awareness

Option 2: Holistic approach | Learning with senses | Physicality in the learning process

Presentation of the results

BLOCK II

Option 3: Artistic processes as educational processes

Option 4: Places & Spaces

Presentation of the results

Evaluation of the educational manifesto & conclusion

More info coming soon.

To continue reading our reflections on education >> visit our academy for adults and studio for children for more insights into our practice within the educational field, as well as that of our partners and co-creators of this event skolla.


Education Mojo is co-organised by La Foresta, initiative skolla and Koopkultur association.

Luis Camnitzer,  Landscape as an Attitude , 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist

Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979. Courtesy Alexander Gray associates and the artist