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Expanded mediation offer at KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art

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The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art draws attention to its expanded mediation offer. A symposium accompanying the exhibition by Mona Hatoum and participatory and art mediation projects that involve the neighbourhood in particular are presented.

Image above: Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Kesselhaus, Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2022

Symposium Critical Distance. Body Politics and Displacement in the Work of Mona Hatoum
Mit Sam Bardaouil, Tamar Garb, Natasha Ginwala, Mona Hatoum, Polly Staple u. a.

On the occasion of the three-part survey exhibition of Mona Hatoum’s work, the international symposium offers an approach to the artist’s oeuvre. The symposium connects the concept of sculpture with socio-political perspectives and formulates answers to the question of how the medium is developing in the field of tension of increasing digitalisation, new images of the body and the insecure and precarious conditions of our world.

Full programme and schedule at: kindl-berlin.de/symposium-hatoum
In English language
Free admission

A cooperation project of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art and the Georg Kolbe Museum.
Curators: Marius Babias, Kathrin Becker, Julia Wallner

Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

The symposium is part of the discourse programme that accompanies the KINDL exhibitions and deepens their content (further information: kindl-berlin.de/diskursprogramm).

Art education and outreach at KINDL

In addition to the discourse programme, which has been significantly expanded in recent years through symposia, panel discussions, artist talks, performances and screenings, art education at KINDL, including the new outreach department, has also been increasingly expanded since summer 2022. The outreach work focuses on synergies with the immediate, multi-layered neighbourhood, the adjacent neighbourhoods and the anchored communities. Various actors reflect on current, socially relevant topics with artistic means in order to realise a polyphony and sustainable participation also outside the KINDL building.

The KINDL’s diverse educational offerings include public tours of the exhibitions and the architecture of the building, workshops for school classes and, from November 2022, new, free workshops for the whole family. 

All information – including how to book individual tours – can be found on the KINDL website: kindl-berlin.de/kunstvermittlung

Long-term project The Light Blue Book

Das Hellblaue Buch - Foto - Marco Funke - 2019
Das Hellblaue Buch, Foto: Marco Funke, 2019

The long-term project Das Hellblaue Buch (The Light Blue Book), initiated in 2018 in cooperation with the neighbouring Hermann Boddin Primary School, is an outstanding part of the KINDL’s outreach programme. With ten workshop dates per year, the project fits smoothly into the school’s daily routine and offers the pupils a continuous opportunity for free artistic work as well as for encountering and engaging with contemporary art throughout their primary school years. In the KINDL, a “diary” is deposited for each pupil – the so-called Light Blue Book. During the project, which lasts several years, the pupils record their creative ideas, their feelings and thoughts on the topics of the workshops in it. Dealing with art enables exchange and communication regardless of the students’ backgrounds and possible language barriers. In the immediate living environment of the pupils, KINDL creates a space of experience in which they can form and freely express their own opinions. In this way, the individual development of their personality and the development of competences are promoted and the formation of tolerance and acceptance is supported. 

During the project period, the children also receive a “KINDL pass”, which gives them and their companions free access to all exhibitions. With the knowledge gained from the workshops, the children can guide their caregivers through the KINDL and become facilitators themselves – a new role that can strengthen their self-confidence and develop new skills.

In the summer of 2022, after four years of cooperation, the long-time project leader Bettina Busse handed over the self-designed “Light Blue Books” to the first class at the end of their primary school years. Currently, four classes with different teachers from Hermann Boddin Primary School are taking part in this unique outreach programme at KINDL.

50 Gramm Kunst – Ein Gemeinschaftswerk, 2021, Installationsansicht, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Kesselhaus 
Foto: Kristina Popov, 2021

50 Gramm Kunst: A Participatory Project

Since 2021, the participatory project 50 Grams of Art has also been taking place at KINDL in the summer, aimed at curious people of all ages. Families, individuals or entire school classes are invited to contribute to a joint large installation with their own work of art. The art objects can be made from everyday objects, handicraft utensils, materials from the surroundings or from nature. There are no limits to creativity – the only requirement is that each work of art weighs exactly 50 grams in the end. The submitted artworks are presented each July on a mobile made of bamboo as a large collective work in the huge boiler house of the KINDL as part of an exhibition lasting several days. 

Further information: kindl-berlin.com/arteducation


KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Am Sudhaus 3
12053 Berlin-Neukölln


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