Already since the predecessor institute IKM the core team of IKMW has decades of experience in education and training at German and international universities, academies or colleges. The range of disciplines reaches from humanities (German philology, theater studies), cultural and media studies through to arts and media management.
One emphasis in the training offers lies in the area of training for young leaders in Germany and Asia, realized together with partners like the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the National University of Mongolia in Ulan Bator.
Academic teaching at universities (selected):
Freie Universität Berlin
Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing
Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, Mannheim
Theater Academy Shanghai
New York University
In the Laboratory of Modernity
„Modernity – Postmodernity – Contemporary“ – Online-Seminar with excursion and exhibition project at the CAFA, Beijing
To experimentally expand the about 40-hours-long online seminars at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is part of our good practice since 2021: The use of multiple media, excursions into the urban and cultural space of Berlin, ensuing exhibition projects („distance curating“), live connections to other European metropoles (e.g. Budapest) as well as weekly WeChat-lectures or consultations by now are the basic didactic, scenographic and content-wise repertory of these international seminars.
Despite adverse outside conditions on the side of the Chinese students (homeschooling in parental homes dispersed all over China) the experiences so far show that this type of elaborate seminar productions can create a kind of proximity, team-building, interaction and self-organized work.
Academic and scientific acclaim in the interdisciplinary, multimedia main parts, focused on cultural history and theory; complementary on-site live transmissions via handy-cam from cultural institutions in Berlin and Budapest; explorations of urban spaces and districts; and finally the ensuing exhibition project “Timehouse: Where are we NOW?” with a team of 15 Chinese students, that through a three-months curatorial process implements the central question, reflections, insights from the seminar into an exhibition in the “Lions’ Palace, Berlin Grunewald: All of these require an professorial team that is both lecturing and scenographically dramaturgically guiding.
Together with Achim Müller (IKMW) and Daniel Ongjerth, our partner in Budpast, such a seminar combines traditional seminar modules with production/broadcasting elements lend from film, television, video and podcast as well as artistic live-formats from Action and Concept Art („scripted events“ -> happenings). At the same time it includes a basic, practice-oriented introduction into fundamental elements of organization psychology, management and communication (group development, group dynamics, working in matrix structures, reporting) for the students.
Despite all adverse conditions, all mental and physical strains, an enlarged, intense and international atmosphere of experience can be created in an “Act of Feigning” with the simplest of technical setups (zoom, handy-cam, tablet). An experience that would not be possible in the analog realm – not for now, and because of several reasons not for the near future neither. In contrast, the exhibition “Timehouse” will physically open on March 31, 2023 at the Lions’ Palace in Berlin.
documenta fifteen – in the Eye of the Hurricane
Klaus Siebenhaar’s most recent „digilog“ seminar „documenta fifteen. Idea, Concept, Artistic Practices in the Context of documenta History“ for the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing couldn’t have been more up to date: As an author of the several books on the documenta Klaus Siebenhaar gave 19 chinesischen students a thorough and comprehensive overview of the development of documenta in Kassel, from the first world art exhibition in 1955 through to today’s much debated documenta fifteen. This included the relevant artistic, political and social contexts as well as the transformations in curatorial and educational paradigms that mirrored the societal disruptions of this period.
For this endeavour the seminar used a wide span of digital and hybrid forms of education. The starting session was transmitted to China from a temporary broadcasting studio prepared by the project partner mfe in the Reinbeckhallen, in the very middle of Berlin’s Electropolis of Modernity from the beginning of the 20th century – it reached the Chinese students in their homes where they have to stay because of the COVID restrictions still in place.
Following this start at an historis site the students passed an intense online parcour through the history of documenta and the development of curating and art education impersonated by the seminal artistic leaders from Arnold Bode across Harald Szeemann, Jan Hoet, Catherine David, Okwui Enwezor through to today’s artistic directors, the collective ruangrupa.
The seminar reached its climax at the beginning of July with a three-day hybrid on-site part in the city of Kassel at the documenta fifteen that had just opened – a lecture-event organised together with the documenta Archive as a project partner. In a series of live-panels the Chinese students discussed with different players of this largest art exhibition of the world: with members of the curatorial team, with the deputy head of the documenta Archive, with the head of education, and with an artist from the collective „Inland“ that is exhibiting in the Museum of Natural History in the Ottoneum in Kassel.
Alongside Klaus Siebenhaar and Achim Müller turned into video and photo podcasters: In several walkthroughs they explored the documenta fifteen, reporting and commenting live from their art walks per smart phone cameras .
This way they gave the students a vivid experience of the exhibited art, of the exhibition’s connection to urban spaces at documenta’s different locations in Kassel – and of the broad and positive public resonance despite all political and media discussions.
This overview also covered the works of Taring Padi, the Indonesian collective that has been in the focus of a lot of criticism because of antisemitic images in the removed work „People’s Justice“, who are showing their universe in the Hallenbad-Ost in Kassel Bettenhausen.
At the end of the seminar the students have to become creative themselves: On the basis of their newly acquired knowledge about the development of documenta and the about the trends in exhbition design, curation and art education their seminar thesis will consist of a concept for the documenta 16 coming up in 2027. As a first real-life check for their ideas they met the internationally renowned artist Christian Jankowski, who dialed into the online seminar from his studio for a three-hour workshop in a final culmination of this lecture series.
The seminar program for a quick orientation on the lecture subjects:
Pop in the Curriculum in Summer of 2022
Live Seminars at Freie Universität Berlin and Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
Along with the Online-Courses for the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China, Prof. Dr. Klaus Siebenhaar and Achim Müller are continuing their courses in German universities and academies – in Summer 2022 with live seminars for the first time since the COVID pandemic.
In the seminar „German Pop“ at the Freie Universität Berlin, Klaus Siebenhaar teaches the pop-cultural foundations of our life. Pop culture was the first all-encompassing, bottom-up artistic/cultural transformation of society. From language to imagery it affected at infiltrated all areas of everyday life. The seminar traces the national or even regional formats and nuances of this global phenomenon in music, visual arts, media and literature. On “Pop” can only apprehended appropriately with an interdisciplinary approach. Thus the excurses in literature from Brinkmann to Wondratschek will be linked to iconic trends in music and arts like Krautrock, NDW, Mannheim Blues, Sound of Munich or capitalistic realism, Fluxus/Action art, concept art, new wilds (“Neue Wilde”) as well as to examples from film.
Meanwhile Achim Müller is training the foundations of audience development with future professionals in music business at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. The students get to know basic concepts and strategies of integrated audience-orientation of cultural organizations and enterprises and directly apply them to different areas of music business in self-selected case studies.
Online-Seminar „Curated City“ at the CAFA Beijing
Cooperation project Beijing-Berlin-Budapest established
Just before Christmas the multimedia seminar „Curated City: About Art, Urban Space and Public Interest“ in the Master program „Arts Management“ at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) was concluded successfully. With Achim Müller and Dániel Ongjerth the interdisciplinary, practice-oriented course for the first time included two project leaders of the Berlin-Budapest/St. Margareten cultural development project.
An eight-person „CAFA collective“ was formed out of the seminar. It will be integrated in the program development in Budapest and will support in the implementation of customized online offers. The experimental international project cooperation is organized and works in the spirit of the model of the “Lumbung” practiced by “ruangrupa”, the collective conceiving the documenta fifteen.
Audience Development Seminar at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
Online-seminar for future musicians and music business professionals
While public life gradually becomes possible again, Achim Müller has held his seminar „Audience Development“ for the course „Kulturmanagement“ of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannhein online again on May 31 2021.
The one-day course provided basic concepts and relevant strategies of implementation both conceptually and in the form of own practical experience through group work on cases. In dem eintägigen Intensivkurs wurden Basiskonzepte. Pedagogic instruments were thus transferred to the digital sphere in order to prepare for the challenges in music business despite the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Western Modernity 2020 under the Impression of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Multimedia Online-Seminar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
In October 2020 Klaus Siebenhaar again taught as within his assignment as Professur of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The topic of his seminar for future Chinese arts manager was „Western Modernity 2020“. In a time where countries compete for the best reaction to the pandemic and the most successful strategies to cope with its effects the interactive multimedia seminar took the Chinese students through an intense contemplation of artistic and cultural development that have shaped our common presence.
Online-Workshop for the State Theater Karlsruhe
Program analysis on the basis of audience preferences and expectations
As an in-depth module of the sixth visitor survey at the State Theater Karlsruhe from Summer 2019 the IKMW realized an online-workshop on the relationship between programming and visitor profiles.for the drama department on April 8 2020.
The workshop traced how visitor motives of different audience segments determine to which productions in the drama repertory they are attracted. Thus the theater can decide which audience segments might be motivated to visit specific productions and which aspects of these productions should be highlighted in communication and marketing.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the workshop was held online, helping the theater to use the lockdown of the State Theater for strategic planning of the return to normality.
Culture Management in Mongolia
IKMW organizes training and exchange program for young arts and culture managers from Mongolia
In cooperation with the agency Art+Culture, Ulan-Bator, IKMW organizes a training and exchange program for ten to twelve young leaders for cultural organizations in Mongolia from September 23 to October 23 2019. The program is realized with support from the Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and Sport of Mongolia.
Based on the curriculum developed by the IKMW the participants first are trained in Ulan-Bator by Oyuntuya Oyunjargal (Art+Culture) and Klaus Siebenhaar (IKMW). After this all participants travelled to Berlin for a one-week intensive course with lectures and visits to landmark cultural organizations. In these visits the Mongolian arts and culture managers encounter successful leader personalities from these organizations and can deepen the learnings from the lectures through practical experiences.
The participants conclude the program with a written exam and receive a certificate from the Mongolian Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and Sport for their successful participation.
From the Aesthetic of Genius to the Creativity Imperative
Seminar on the relationship between art, creativity and social change in Beijing
As Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing Klaus Siebenhaar held the Seminar „From the Aesthetics of Genius to the Creativity Imperative: Artistic and Societal Change induced by Creativity” from September 6 to 27 2019. The Master students from the courses Arts Management and Arts Education got a profound insight into the development of the relationship between art, creativity and society from the 18th Century to the present age.