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Ulrich Schötker: Gallery Education and Visitor Services at documenta 12
Gallery Education and Visitor Services at documenta 12
(p. 83 – 90)

Ulrich Schötker

Gallery Education and Visitor Services at documenta 12

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  • education
  • art education
  • public sphere
  • contemporary art
  • documenta
  • exhibition
  • art
  • curatorial practice
  • museum
  • pedagogy

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Ulrich Schötker

studied art education, fine art, German literature and media studies in Kassel, London, and Madrid. He also worked as a teacher in Berlin and Madrid and founded the exhibition space Liquidación Total in 2002 in Madrid. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a researcher at the University of Hamburg and investigated the relationship between art education and gallery education. He co-curated WALDEN #3—oder Das Kind als Medium (WALDEN #3—or the Child as Medium) at Kunsthaus Dresden. He directed the gallery education program at documenta 12. He currently works as a teacher in Hamburg.

Other texts by Ulrich Schötker for DIAPHANES
Ayse Güleç (ed.), Claudia Hummel (ed.), ...: documenta 12 education I

Ayse Güleç (ed.), Claudia Hummel (ed.), Sonja Parzefall (ed.), Ulrich Schötker (ed.), Wanda Wieczorek (ed.)

documenta 12 education I
Engaging audiences, opening institutions Methods and strategies in education at documenta 12

Translated by Helen Ferguson, Nathaniel McBride, Karen Michelsen Castañón, Laura Schleussner and Erik Smith

Softcover, 214 pages

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PDF, 214 pages

Inkl. DVD

»Cultural Education« is much debated. It is pivotal in sustaining a sense of community in a society that is constantly shifting. A space where differences can be explored, art exhibitions act as a superb medium for cultural and aesthetic education. They don‘t aspire to peace and harmony but to stage controversy. They enable multiple models of communication, open to dissent and rupture.

Education is situated in tension between public sphere and institution, amateur and professional, artist and audience. Its development needs felicitous examples as well as rigor in discussing problems towards identifying practical solutions.

»documenta 12 education« presents in two illustrated volumes the education formats with concomitant research, providing a basis for developing theory and praxis of gallery education.

These volumes are an ideal resource for people working in the fields of curating exhibitions, gallery education, youth work and cultural policy. People less familiar with cultural work will find in these books a valuable introduction to the field of gallery education.

Volume 1 gives a comprehensive and richly illustrated survey of formats and models of education and collaboration with the public at documenta 12.