Art Education Training documenta

documenta is considered to be one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions worldwide. It takes place every 5 years, for exactly 100 days in Kassel, Germany.

In 2017, documenta 14 initiated an innovative educational program accompanying the exhibition for its duration. The idea of the program rooted in the historic chorus of the Greek tragic theatre, where nonprofessionals have been acting as a link between the audience and the actors and thus have created a multi-voiced chorus.

In a similar way, the 150+guides of documenta 14 acted as chorists, taking groups of visitors on a walkthrough the exhibition. They have served as commentators and mediators between art works and visitors and thus have made everyone’s thoughts, emotions and ideas become a vital contribution to the exhibition.  

Having studied VisualThinking Strategies and believing that a conversation about art allows us to change perspectives and can help bring creative, new ideas to life, I was asked to join the Performance Training Team of documenta 14. I had the chance to create workshops with the team of Kunst und Dialog to train the guides on site. During the training, my main goal was to provide the guides with a tool box of methods they can use for their walks. These methods were based on the idea of creating a dialogue and making visitors feel engaged to actively participate in the tours. In my workshops I have approached these methods theoretically, but we also had the chance to work outside and test them at art works of the exhibition.