Education Mojo. Between Self and the World
18 May 2019, Berlin
This event is a participatory research and exchange of insights and practices between the invited contributors from different corners of Europe and the interested audience. Dedicated to the question of what sustainable education is and can be. What attitudes are guiding educational processes in the world of diversity and multitudes, and not homogeneity and monoculture? What is sustainability in a broader sense, and how is it reflected in educational practices? How can educational formats support the development of multiplicity and many-sidedness of humans? What does holistic education have to do with the formation of an identity that is transcultural, the one that learns from different cultures and grows beyond? What do we need to unlearn? What if education was a work of art? What if it was a garden? How can generation and transfer of knowledge be expanded to include the corporal, sensuous and affective dimensions? How can education serve to reconnect the fragmented world? How can values be truly embodied by teachers and students alike? What is the importance of such aspects as time and rhythms, indoor and outdoor space, physicality and perception, ‘Self’ and ‘the World’ (relationship between personal process of becoming and being part of a larger whole) within educational contexts? These are the question we dedicate this event to.
In the context of current changes of norms and values of the globalised world, technical innovations, environmental challenges, and a variety of ethical dilemmas and paradoxes that humanity is facing in this historical period, we are interested in a fundamental question: What is sustainable education in the context of contemporary societies and which practices of education we need in order to co-create a healthy world in response to social modernization and global challenges?
Within the framework of this event 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, environmental 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 creators, artists, educators, cultural curators, 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.
We aim 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.
Welcome Tea + Arrival | 9:00-9:30h
We all arrive, share a cup of good tea, and settle down.
Opening impulse | 9:30-10h
Setting the stage by Foresta Collective, in collaboration with Geoff Lehman (Bard College Berlin, Berlin/New York).
During the opening impulse we will share our vision of a more sustainable education in a broader sense of the word. Sustainable living requires holistic approach to education that encompass the cognitive, ethical, emotional, physical, aesthetic and relational dimensions. We will also share the questions we have around it (mentioned above), and open the space for all the invited contributors to join this research by sharing insights into their work, as well as for all the participants who come and offer their presence, and who will also join this research in public during Creathon format later in the day. Please note: the order of contributions may change.
Sprint 1 | Embodied Culture | 10h-11:30
Culture is like the soil we are in. It nurtures us and shapes us in profound ways. We look at embodied culture as a holistic force that fosters social transformation and leads to more sustainability and creativity in life. We understand embodied culture as a culture of integrity, inner and outer. That affects one’s personal relationship with one’s own body and the inner world, as well as relationships with people around and the outer world.
Body, Spaces and Ecology by Anna Hahn, Schumacher College, Berlin/Cornwall
Anna brings an insight into the educational practices at Schumacher College. What do holistic educational approaches and experiential learning look like in practice at the college? What role do places and spaces play? What is the craft of being, learning and working together in an organic way? How can education foster societal change? What does embodied learning have to do with it?
Corpoliteracy in Education by Daniel Neugebauer, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
We understand embodied culture as a holistic force that fosters social transformation and leads to more sustainability and creativity in life, individually and collectively. Holistic understanding of education includes corpoliteracy. What does it mean and what is the significance of the body in the learning process? How can the emergence of the embodied mind or the enminded body be supported? How can values be truly embodied?
Sprint 2 | Learning from Nature | 11:30-13h
How do we re-connect with nature and include learning from nature and attention to nature into educational processes, beyond it just being a break from the screen time? How does re-wildening happen in a culture that has so much respect for the digital and so little for the wild?
In Our Hands by Ela Spalding, Estudio Nuboso, Berlin/Panama.
Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, humans have changed ecosystems at a speed greater than at any other period in history, so much so that a new geological era has been named in our honour. The choice of continuing this relationship in a destructive or constructive way is in our hands.
Mudras are a combination of physical subtle movements that alter our mood, attitudes and perception and that deepen our awareness and concentration. They are an integral part of yoga practice and other wellbeing traditions, and some are recognizable day-to-day gestures that are most likely linked to ancient rituals in various cultures.
In Our Hands is an offering to build a bridge between self-awareness, wellbeing and our surroundings; to make a note about the correlation between our state of health and that of the planet. The series of images is conceived as a toolkit to help us care more for ourselves, in order to better care for each other and nature - to protect, restore, learn from or simply be and appreciate it.
Journey to Lioness by Naho Iguchi, Journey to Lioness + NION Berlin, Berlin/Tokyo (Image of Naho by ©️ Eriko Kaniwa)
Artist and Social Sculpture practitioner, Naho experimented her relationships to organizations, professions, capitalism, time, and identity. Now her sense of identity is extended beyond human and pursues to fulfil her role as Human Animal in order to retrieve connectivity to her fellow living creatures and Nature on Earth.
Journey to Lioness is a framework that Naho has sculpted in order to answer to her question: what is an emerging role of “Human Animal” in relation to the ecosystem? Her search for the answer leads her to South African savanna. Staying closer to her fellow animals, she learns that humans lost an ability to give space to each other. Humans’ excessive fear for the other-than humans and greed for “more” drive many species to extinction. The role of Human Animal is to return the land.
How can we shift our human sovereignty mindset and feel a presence of a lioness in our everyday city life? How can we start giving more space to the other creatures in our neighbourhood as well as to each other amongst humans?
Lunch break | ca. 13h-14h
Sprint 3 | Art as a Base | 14h-16h
In the third sprint of the Education Marathon we will look into art practices as practices of a holistic approach to education. Contributors from two different institutions that places art into the center of their work will share their perspectives. It’s about placing art at the center, about making art into a way to learn, to teach, to run a school, and to support transformative learning and social change.
Artistic Processes as a Way to Run a School by Josef Köhler, Peter Gläsel Schule, Detmold
Josef will share insights into how artistic processes become learning processes, and how a school can build arts into its foundation. How to manage open processes? What is the right balance between structure and freedom in non-homogenous groups? Can creativity and fluid structures become a base of a school? How do these support personal learning experiences of every child? What is the bigger picture and what do this school’s practices have to do with a larger societal impact? Josef will also talk about the worldwide development of education and about the view of the child in the 21st century.
Finance(-ing)-System for Art-Dealing by Doris Koch, Büro komPleX, Berlin
The Finance(-ing)-System for Art-Dealing is a work-in-progress, that represents an alternative financing model for art-projects. It also also takes up, reflects, and transforms aspects of the global financial system. It realizes an artistic practice that focuses on dealing and/or taking action in art as a form of reception and reflection. How can we connect various parts of our practice in a single form?
Attention to Everything: Human Relationships by Coline Irwin, Association Peekaboo + Nurserine, Paris
Human relationships are at the center of most learning processes, both within a team working together, as well as between students and teachers. How to build trust and respect across different educational contexts? How is integrity maintained and nourished? What replaces traditional hierarchical structures and attitudes?
During Creathon participants and contributors join in a co-creative process to explore open questions and to develop project ideas in an open space format using elements of Design Thinking. Everyone will organise themselves in working groups around topics of interest:
BLOCK 1 I 16h-18h I Working Groups:
Holistic approach | Learning from nature | Self-awareness, Physicality and Corpoliteracy
BLOCK 2 I 16h-18h I Building Models:
Artistic processes as educational processes | Places & Spaces most suitable for learning
In this group you will get a chance to build physical models using art materials.
Presentation of work in process/results and Final Impulses | 18h-19h
All working groups present processes, conclusions, results, or open questions of their work. We look back at the day, exchange impressions and give feedback, as well as discuss future steps and collaboration ideas.
You are invited to experience an art installation by Ela Spalding in the garden anytime during the day. Ocaso (Sundown). To soothe the mind, relax the cells, stop for a moment the overdose of information; to allow ourselves to receive comfort for the great changes past and yet to come, to grieve the loss of nature. Recreating the bedtime routine of a child, between lullabies and stories about life on the planet, Sundown is a space for reflection and rest for living beings of all ages.
During the whole day there will a space where children can spend time, engage with art materials, play, while parents are taking part in the Education Marathon.
Pricing of this event is based on individual income. There are 3 kinds of tickets: standard, low income, and supporter.
Standard, 1 day: 40 Eur (including lunch and drinks)
Low Income, 1 day: 25 Eur (including lunch and drinks)
(Limited Availability, please email us)
Supporter, 1 day: 55 Eur (including lunch and drinks)