„Back to the Present“ – Kosovo Project 2021

German-as-a-Foreign-Language (‚DaF‘) documentary theatre performance and new contributions to VR exhibition

With different creative tasks school chilren from the PASCH school Millenium i Treti (MIT) in Pristina, Kosovo, have been sent on a „fantastic“ time travel from year 2220. On their journey they collected impressions and materials that might seem peculiar to someone 200 years from now – the same way the sight of a handcar would seem today. A 360° VR exhibition that presents the contributions in different theme and country rooms marked the end of the first project stage.

From the very start all participants – the Goethe Institut, lecturers, teachers, school children – were keen on enlarging the project with an analog stage as soon as the COVID pandemia would end or when numbers of infections in Kosovo would diminish. Building on a precursor project in 2020, the present continuation picked up the youths‘ ideas from the previous year, deepened them and enlarged them with new topics. In numerous contributions presented in the VR exhibition the youths in 2020 had approached the challenges of the present time together with possibilities for change. Starting from these materials the on-site workshops with Stephan Reischl and Matthias Baumann took on developing a theatre performance and bringing it to stage.

Having been implemented successfully in several international projects (among them with school children from MIT in Kosovo) the format of German-as-a-Foreign-Language (‚DaF‘) documentary theatre provided a host of linguistic and motivating impulses, an ideal basis for integrating the school childrens‘ contributions in different media formats.

The final performance at the ODA theater in Pristina was recorded and made available in excerpts together with the youths‘ contributions in the rooms of the VR exhibition.

Duration: November – December 2021

Responsible: Stephan Reischl (projekt lead/theatre), Matthias Baumann (multimedia)

TUP Essen on Track towards Future

The IKMW participates in shaping the change process „TUP of the Future“ of the Theater and Philharmonics (TUP) Essen. Already in the season 2020/21 members of TUP Essen from all departments developed proposals for ten areas where TUP should reposition and reorganize. With assistence from IKMW these proposals will be cast into concrete measures and plans that will feed into the further development of TUP Essen and into applications for funding in programs of North Rhine-Westphalia until Summer 2022.

Through facilitation and consulting in work processes and decision-making as well through contributing to an application for funding in North Rhine-Westphalia the IKMW supports TUP Essen on its mission to become a model for a theater of the future.

„Zurück in die Gegenwart“ – Kosovo-Projekt 2021

Eine DaF-Dokutheater-Aufführung  und neue Beiträge für die VR-Ausstellung

Die Schülerinnen und Schüler aus der PASCH-Schule Millenium i Treti (MIT) in Pristina, Kosovo, wurden mit vielfältigen Kreativ-Aufgaben auf eine ‘phantastische’ Zeitreise aus dem Jahr 2220 geschickt. Dabei sammelten sie Impressionen und Materialien, die für Menschen in 200 Jahren vermutlich genauso merkwürdig sein werden wie für uns heute der Anblick einer Draisine. Am Ende der ersten Phase des Projekts mit mehreren Workshops, die Pandemie bedingt ausschließlich online stattfanden, stand eine 360-Grad-VR-Ausstellung, in der die Beiträge in Länder- und Themenräumen online zu besichtigen sind.

Von Beginn an bestand der Wunsch aller Beteiligten – Goethe Institut, Referenten, Lehrerinnen Lehrer, Schülerinnen und  Schüler – darin, das Projekt nach Ende der Covid-Krise oder bei einer besseren Infektionslage im Kosovo um eine analoge Phase zu erweitern. Vorläufer ist eine erste Projektphase im Jahr 2020. In der Fortsetzung ging es darum, die Ideen der Jugendlichen aus dem Vorjahr aufzugreifen, zu vertiefen und das Thema um neue Inhalte zu erweitern. In vielen Beiträgen, die in den Räumen des Online- Museums ausgestellt sind, hatten die Jugendlichen 2020 die Herausforderungen unserer Zeit und mögliche Veränderungen thematisiert. Ausgehend von diesen Materialien, galt es, in den Workshops vor Ort gemeinsam mit Stephan Reischl und Matthias Baumann ein Theaterstück zu entwickeln und auf die Bühne zu bringen. Das in mehreren internationalen Projekten (auch mit Schülerinnen und Schülern des MIT im Kosovo bereits erfolgreich umgesetzte Format ‘DaF-Dokutheater’ liefert eine Fülle an sprachlichen und motivierenden Impulsen und ist eine ideale Grundlage, um auch die medialen Beiträge der Schülerinnen und Schüler in die Aufführung einzubauen.

Die Abschlussperformance am ODA-Theater in Pristina wurde aufgezeichnet und ist nunmehr in Ausschnitten ebenso wie die entstandenen Beiträge in den Räumen des VR-Museum zu besichtigen.

Zeitraum: November – Dezember 2021

Verantwortlich: Stephan Reischl (Projektleitung/Theater), Matthias Baumann (Multimedia)

 

TUP Essen auf dem Weg in die Zukunft

Das IKMW gestaltet den Veränderungsprozess „TUP der Zukunft“ der Theater und Philharmonie (TUP) Essen mit. Bereits in der Spielzeit 2020/21 hatten Mitarbeiter aus allen Bereichen der TUP Essen Vorschläge zu zehn Bereichen erarbeitet, in denen das TUP neu ausgerichtet werden sollte. Vom IKMW begleitet werden aus diesen Vorschlägen bis Sommer 2022 konkrete Maßnahmen- und Umsetzungspläne erarbeitet und in die Weiterentwicklung der TUP Essen und in Anträge für entsprechende Förderprogramme des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen einfließen.

Durch Moderation und Beratung bei den Arbeits- und Endscheidungsprozessen sowie durch Mitarbeit am Förderantrag an das Land Nordrhein Westfalen unterstützt das IKMW Berlin die TUP Essen bei ihrer Mission, ein Modell für ein Theaterhaus der Zukunft zu werden.

Beuys wandert in China

Beuys-Ausstellungen erstmals in Guangzhou/Kanton einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich

Für drei Monate werden die beiden Dokumentarausstellungen „Joseph Beuys und die documenta“ sowie „Kosmos Beuys: About Art and Life in 20th century Avantgarde“ in Guangzhou/Kanton einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zugänglich sein. Nach der Premiere in der Residenz der Deutschen Botschaft in Peking sind beide Ausstellungen unter dem Patronat des Generalkonsulat in einem privaten Kulturzentrum zu sehen. Weitere Stationen sind für das Frühjahr in Chengdu und Shanghai geplant.

Wirkung und Erfolgsfaktoren von Extended Reality in Kunst und Kreativwirtschaft

Wirkungsstudie zu EU-geförderten Kooperationsprojekt REAL IN

In dem internationalen Kooperationsprojekt REAL IN mit Partnern in Avignon, Barcelona, Hamburg, Mailand und Marseille wird das IKMW die Wirkung von in interdisziplinären Teams neuentwickelten Extended Reality-Anwendungen auf Nutzer und Besucher in verschiedenen Künsten untersuchen und die inhaltlich-ästhetischen, organisational-managerialen wie technologischen Erfolgsvoraussetzungen dokumentieren.

Online-Seminar „Curated City“ an der CAFA Beijing

Kooperationsprojekt Beijing-Berlin-Budapest beschlossen

Kurz vor Weihnachten wurde das multimediale Hauptseminar „Curated City: Abut Art, Urban Space and Public Interest“ an der Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) im Masterstudiengang „Arts Management“ erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Das interdisziplinäre und praxisorientierte 30-stündige Lehrprogramm schloss mit Achim Müller und Daniel Ongjerth erstmals zwei Projektleiter des Berlin-Budapest/St. Margereten Kulturentwicklungsprojektes ein.

Aus dem Seminar heraus bildete sich ein achtköpfiges „CAFA Collective“, das in die Programmentwicklung in Budapest eingebunden wird, und bei der Umsetzung spezieller Online-Kulturangebote helfen wird. Diese experimentelle internationale Projektkooperation fühlt sich organisational wie operativ dem „Lumbung“-Modell des documenta fifteen-Leitungskollektivs „ruangrupa“ verbunden.

„Sophie Scholl – (Hi)Stories of Courage“

A language project with the means of cultural and media empowerment in digital space

Cultural and media education in times of the pandemic provides challenges as well as opportunities. This is especially true for cultural and media education projects in interational contexts. The project „Sophie Scholl – (Hi)Stories of Courage“ paradigmatically shows the specific „profit-and-loss-account“: Commissioned by the Goethe Institute Athens and supported by the „Foundation White Rose e.V.“, the project was implemented by Stephan Reischl together with Dagmar Boeck-Siebenhaar, the community dance-choreographer Josef Eder and the media pedagogue Matthias Baumann. Planned as a physical/analogue language camp with youths from ten countries in Southeast Europe, it had to be transformed into a hybrid format because of Covid-19. Yet this at the same time offered the opportunity to step on new paths and to develop a unique multi-months digital pilot project that most probably will be the model for future international projects and workshops.

The IKMW-teamdeveloped extensive material on the project partner and on the topic „social engagement“ as well as on online workshop formats for teachers and school children.

Specifically the two central creative formats DaF(German as Foreign Language)-documentary theater and DaF-dance theater had to be realized in the digital space. From now on the challenge consisted in merging online teaching in digital space with the youths‘ real living and experience space into a hybrid community space.

The project started with a kick-off, with workshops with teachers from PASCH-schools in the region and with a small idea fair where the topic was discussed and the project materials were explained. After this it was up to the school children for the first time: Framed by three questions they were to present in a creative way relevant places, role models and challenges – formulated as a „message to the world – in their corresponding contexts, their cities or countries. All contributions of the „young Southeast European artists“ became the first element of a PASCH-VR-360-degrees-exhibition. Around 300 youths participated in this initial stage.

Subsequently the participants for the digital camp were chosen through a competion. In the camp the youths first worked on  Sophie Scholl and then proceeded to discuss contemporary societal challenges and to highlight perspectives for the future. Original documents – letters, diary entries and quotes – provided the basis for first linguistic artistic teamworks across country borders. It was fascinating to experience how the PASCH-school children, prepared through a daily „online dance warm-up“, introduced their various talents into the development of works for the exhibition spaces: As „dancers“, „musicians“, „actors“, „film producers“ or „audio drama producers“ they worked together in teams, using Zomm as well as multiple othe online tools for their creative exchange.

A „world premiere“ is waiting at the end of the project: the first VR-exhibition in the history of PASCH. The „Southeast Europe“ department of the newly established VR-360-Degree-Musem presents its visitors a host of „language-artworks“ in different formats. The „South America“ department shall be online starting End of November 2021.

With their potentials with respect to sustainability and costs this kind of hybrid cultural and media education formats will be part of the future also in post-pandemic times. IKMW will proceed on this path and will further develop and expand technological, didactical, artistical, aesthetic and content-related aspects of these formats.

A documentation of the project is availale on Youtube.

Ausfegen/Sweeping up

On September 26 2021 the hommage to Beuys „Ausfegen/Sweeping Up“ opened the Budapest Autumn festival of culture. The action/exhibition transfers Beuys‘ idea of a ritual sociopolitical „sweeping up“ to present-day Budapest. At the same time the project, produced by Dániel Ongjerth and his „Eleven Blokk Foundation“ and Klaus Siebenhaar from IKMW, represents the start of a long-term cooperation between Budapest’s 2nd district  St. Margret, the „Eleven Blokk Foundation“ and the IKMW, aimed at the paradigmatic development of the 2nd district with artistic scientific methods. Working with Beuys‘ ideas of „sweeping up“, „exhibiting“ and „social sculpture“ and with the inclusion and participation of citizens, the development process is to initiate and implement sustainable cultural activities of community building.

As a foundation a study on the district will be realized.Throughout 2022 multiple projects in culture, media and arts are planned. Within the cooperation between Berlin and Budapest they will be realized with local partners and citizens. A cooperation agreement between IKMW, the „Eleven Blokk Foundation“ and the district government has already been signed. In addition the IKMW plans to establish an independent branch office in Budapest.

Exhibition „Joseph Beuys and the documenta“ opens in the German Embassy in Beijing

On September 2021 the German Ambassador Prof. Dr. Jan Hecker opened the exhibition „Joseph Beuys and the documenta in his Beijing residence. The exhibition was curated from Berlin in a cooperation between the documenta-Archive Kassel and the Zeppelin University. In a live transmission from Berlin the former treasury secretary Hans Eichel and the curator Klaus Siebenhaar discussed about the project „7000 Oaks“. The director of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, Prof. Dr. Yu Ding, talked about Kassel, the documenta and China, followed by seven CAFA students who presented their perception of Beuys on the basis of their seminar „Cosmos Beuys“ in Summer 2021.

In the main hall of the residence numerous photos, documents and television extracts describe the development of Beuys‘ „expanded concept of art“ with reference to his appearances in the documenta from 1964 to 1982 and post mortem in 1987/92. Alongside, a team of CAFA students from the accompanying seminar „Cosmos Beuys“ transformed the residence’s library into a stand-alone montage exhibition.

With great distress we had to learn about the sudden and unexpected death of the new German Ambassador Jan Hecker two days after the opening of the exhibition.