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Sonja Parzefall: Inhabiting the World
Inhabiting the World
(p. 55 – 66)

Sonja Parzefall

Inhabiting the World
Pupils Guide Adults through documenta 12

PDF, 12 pages

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

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Sonja Parzefall

studied applied cultural studies at the University of Lüneburg, worked at the Kunstraum exhibition space at the same university, and also worked on the exhibition series The Government. She directed the gallery education program Inhabiting the World—pupils guide adults through documenta 12.

Other texts by Sonja Parzefall 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

Inkl. DVD

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.