Kunstvermittlung

Above: children and teacher performing »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm

Kunstvermittlung – experiencing and understanding art

Beside conducting the series Philosophy and Art at the H2 – Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg, an important field of research, work, personal concern and enthusiasm for me is doing so called »Kunstvermittlung«* , also for the »H2« and for the tim, the State Textile and Industry Museum Augsburg (documentation upcoming). I am doing »Kunstvermittlung« for adults, juveniles and children. Below an exemplary documentation of a workshop, done for children from an elementary school, the St. Georg Grundschule Augsburg, teacher Alexandra Knöll, class 4a (2017). All images done and shown with permission of the children, the parents and the school. The workshop took place during the show bilder fragen, starting particularly from works done by Burgard Blümlein, leading via a performance of a specific work from Alina Szapocznikow to a discussion of the work of Joseph Beuys, combinded with several performances of »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm. See notes below the images, a more detailed description (upcoming) and the teacher's feedback below the image section.

*The term »Kunstvermittlung« is actually difficult to translate. A rough translation would be »art mediation«, but the term »mediation« is usually used in other contexts. A more conservative sounding term would be »museum paedagogy«.

Above: children performing »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm

Above: children performing »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm

Above: children performing »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm

Above: children performing »One Minute Sculptures« by Erwin Wurm

Above: performing pieces in the style of Erwin Wurm's »One Minute Sculptures«

Above: performing pieces in the style of Erwin Wurm's »One Minute Sculptures«

Above: performing a »One Minute Sculpture« by Erwin Wurm, called: »A Theory of Painting«
Below: We did start from a work by Burgard Blümlein, disussing the idea of sculpture he provides by the combination of stones and soaps. Related to the idea that sculpture can be seen in the broadest sense as any process of (trans-) formation, it becomes clear that washing your hands with soap can be also seen as a sculptural process. To enable the children to do sculptures in this sense, I did provide them chewing gums without any explanation. Afterwards they displayed their gums on a table. With the sculptures on view I did show images of the »chewing gum sculptures« of Alina Szapocznikow.

Below: Alina Szapocznikow, Photosculptures, 1971

Below: Alina Szapocznikow, statement regarding her Photosculptures, 1971

Below: Joseph Beuys, Fettecke, around 1963
Starting to talk about Joseph Beuys with the children had been well grounded at this point through letting the children experience the process of »sculpturing« themselves with their chewing gums. The »gum-sculptures« on view, particularly in comparison with the »uniform« gums taken out of the box, we already did talk about individuality and conformity related to manipulative aspects of capitalism and possibilities to act and create in an individal way. From here on, it has been a little step to be able to talk about Joseph Beuys' idea of the »social sculpture«, regarding the »Fettecke« as an exemplary case for a reflection about »frozen« forms like the »right angles« of a room and the formability of the fat. With an understanding of the exemplary case of the »Fettecke«, we had been able to disuss further works like the »7000 Eichen« and also »Das Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts«.

Below: Joseph Beuys, Fettecke, around 1963

Below: Joseph Beuys, 7000 Eichen, 1982, documenta 7

Below: Joseph Beuys, Das Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts, Version 1983

Feedback of the teacher, Alexandra Knöll

»(...) am 10.10.2017 hat meine Klasse am Workshop ›Natürlich Kunst‹ im H2 mit Herrn Romanacci teilgenommen. Und ich möchte Ihnen gerne zurückmelden, wie begeistert meine Schüler und ich von der offenen, kindgerechten Zugangsweise zu moderner Kunst waren. Herr Romanacci hat nicht nur stets die richtigen, treffenden Worte für die vorgestellten Werke gefunden, sondern die Schüler aktiv eingebunden und sie so Kunst im wahrsten Wortsinn erleben lassen. Auch ich habe viele Anregungen für meinen Kunstunterricht erhalten und komme gerne wieder zu einer solchen Führung ins H2! Freundliche Grüße, Alexandra Knöll.«

Termine 2018:

Sonntag, 4. Februar 2018, 14-16 Uhr
Sonntag, 6. Mai 2018, 14-16 Uhr
Sonntag, 15. Juli 2018, 14-16 Uhr