Encounters – Practical Engagements with Contemporary Art

Workshop and Lecture on Art Mediation at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016/17 with University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne

Event Details


Kochi Biennale
1/1903, Kunnumpuram, Fort Kochi, Kerala 682001 India


January 16, 2017 4:30 am - January 27, 2017 12:30 pm

Art Mediation is a growing field of activities in a more and more flourishing art world. The reasons for this intensified engagement is not only justified with the increasing amount of exhibitions and events, but much more with the desire to make the art world a more accessible place, and therefore actively address and invite a broad range of different audiences. At Biennales, there have been manifold initiatives to include groups that are not very familiar with contemporary arts. The formats invented, therefore, try to break with the traditional idea of art mediation where experts explain the arts. They open diverse and equally valuable approaches towards the arts by e.g. letting layman guide people through the exhibitions using their words when explaining the art works or re-conceptualizing guided tours as discussions among peers, or use performances as playful access.

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne does research in this field and offers a Master of Arts in Art Teaching and is thereby especially engaged in developing new models of art mediation which are focussing on the inclusion of non-experts.

Workshop: 16-26 January 2017

Venue : Kochi Biennale Foundation (1/1903, Kunnumpuram, Fort Kochi PO, Kerala 682001)

Schedule: 16th-19th January and 23rd-26th January 2017 from 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00

The workshop offers insights into current models of art mediation, initiates practical engagement with possible mediation strategies developed for the context of the Kochi Muziris Biennale and starts the realisation of a tool box. With these tools the workshop participants will be able to go on working and experimenting till the end of the Biennale. The workshop is for invited participants only. 

Keynote Lecture: 27 January 2017

By Susanne Kudorfer, Art and Cultural Mediator, Lecturer, Lucerne/ Brienz

Venue: KMB Pavilion, Cabral Yard, 4:00 pm

Title: From documenta 12 (2012) to Manifesta 11 (2016). Recent debates and practices in art education.
Working in the field of art mediation and gallery education since about 20 years Susanne will talk about changes and developments, current aims and projects, how does learning through artworks, artists, museums, galleries or biennals look like and why do we want to engage audiences in personal encounters with the arts.

To know more about the program, click here.

Team from Switzerland

Projectleader: Lena Eriksson, Artist and Lecturer, Lucerne/Basel

Assisting Student Group Johanna Gschwend / Luzern, Reto Lienhard /Zürich, Elia Malevez/ Luzern, Stefan Tschumi /Zürich, Nicolas Witschi /Ruswil

Keynote: Susanne Kudorfer, Art and Cultural Mediator, Lecturer, Lucerne/ Brienz

Project Coordinator: Rachel Mader, Head of Competence Center Art, Design and Public Spheres, Lucerne/Bern

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