Interaktive Kunstinstallation und Launch von Berlinklusion Netzwerk für Zugänglichkeit in Kunst und Kultur Ein Teil von Australia-Berlin Art Exchange
“Call and Response” ist eine künstlerische Zusammenarbeit zwischen der australischen zeitgenössischen Tänzerin Anna Seymour und den Berliner Künstler*innen Kirstin Broussard, Jovana Komnenic und Dirk Sorge. Gemeinsam haben sie eine interaktive Installation entwickelt, die unterschiedliche Perspektiven untersucht, indem Klang, Bewegung und bildende Kunst verbunden werden. Eine Serie von sinnlichen Stationen lädt die Teilnehmer*innen dazu ein, miteinander zu interagieren und flüchtige Kunstwerke zu schaffen. Dadurch werden die Themen Verbundenheit und Verschiedenheit als Antriebskräfte für Kreativität erforscht. Die Veranstaltung mündete in eine lockere Netzwerk-Aktivität, gesponsert von Berlinklusion: ein internationales Netzwerk für Zugänglichkeit in Kunst und Kultur, ansässig in Berlin.
Australian and Berlin dancers joined dancing session of tanzfähig Initiative at Uferstudios and exchanged experiences. Anna Seymour writes about her experiences here. Watch a video with Impressions from the workshop here.
“We are souls having a human experience. The fears and repression that people need to remove from their lives…. our creative project is a way to teach people about stepping out of their comfort zone to create something that they can express with their heart and soul. … we are forming an artwork about the human experience, the soul and letting fear go… the pain, the light…. The project will become an installation art of the work we will do and drawings on are large paper behind paper-mask sculptures to express faces and feelings. If we open our hearts to allow ourselves to experience and make mistakes, then we will evolve as our souls are meant to as humans – and you can experience, that there are no mistakes (in art).” Corry Siw Mirski and Chelle Destefano
Berlinklusion is happy to be co-organizing Meeting Place Berlin all-day learning forum on Arts and Disability with Arts Access Australia, Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.
Arts Access Australia in cooperation with Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung are pleased to present Meeting Place.
This all-day event provides an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability1. Twelve local and international speakers will engage in powerful presentations, round table discussions and interactive workshops. Topics include planning through disability engagement, networking in inclusive cultural work, interpreting contemporary art from a disabled perspective, and discussing challenges and opportunities for improving access to cultural funding for people with disability.
Meeting Place is part of the Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, which presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.
The Program was prepared through intense cooperation with Berlin partners Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture and Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin.
Host and project partner Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung is a project by Kulturprojekte Berlin that aims to foster diversity in the Berlin cultural sector.
Meeting Place will be followed by a reception and performance by Australian Indie rock band Rudely Interrupted from 5.30 – 8.00pm in the Podewil Foyer.
1 We follow the social model of disability – this means that we view disability as a social construct where barriers are imposed on the individual, rather than the individual being defined by their medical condition or impairment. However we also recognise and respect that disability is defined by the individual and their lived experience. When we talk about inclusion and accessibility, we want this for all peoples, however they may identify.
Wheelchair accessibility is limited at the Podewil. Entry into the building is possible via ramps and elevators and we can offer assistance with opening doors. There are a wheelchair accessible bathroom and a relaxation room at the Podewil. The event will be translated into spoken German and English. The presentations and select workshops will be translated into German and British Sign language, too. The Program is available in Braille, large print and Plain Language.
The admission is to Meeting Place free, but due to space limitations registration is required.
The Australia & Berlin Arts Exchange October 9-20, presents a vibrant mix of arts workshops, music, dance and performances. As well as learning forums for cultural exchange between Australian and Berlin artists and arts and culture leaders with disability.
Following are some of the key program events. A number of private tours of museums and galleries will also be conducted, where Australian and Berlin artists will view exhibitions and discuss their access experience.
* Public events
Opening Ceremony, Tues 10.
The program will be officially launched at a small proceeding and will include performances from visiting Australian artists.
Stammtisch Artist Exchange, Brotfabrik, Wed 11. (5.30-7.30pm)
Australian artists join a meeting of local artists to discuss access and inclusion at Brotfabrik café/pub.
Australian and Berlin dancers join dancing session of Tanzfähig Initiative at Uferstudios and exchange experiences.
*Art Workshop & Launch of Berlinklusion Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, aquarium, Fri 13. (6-9pm)
Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour in collaboration with Berlin based artists will conduct a participatory performance and workshop incorporating sound, movement and visual art. The event will include a networking activity sponsored by Berlinklusion an international Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture based in Berlin.
*Art Workshop, Stephanus Stiftung (11am-3pm) & Pop-up Exhibition and Drumming Workshop-Performance, Brotfabrik (5-8pm), Sat 14.
Mixed-media art workshop between sculpture and painting co-led by Australian painter Chelle Destefano and Corry Siw Mirski, visual artist from Berlin at Stephanus Stiftung; Presentation of the workshop with pop-up exhibition at the gallery space of Brotfabrik followed by drumming workshop-performance by Australian drummers Andrew Hewitt and Josh Hogan (Rudely Interrupted). Everyone is welcome to attend and meet the Artists.
*Meeting Place Forum (9am-5.30pm) & Performance (6-8pm), Podewil, Mon 16.
This all-day event will provide an inclusive learning space and critical platform to discuss and debate the latest in arts and disability. Followed by performance by Rudely Interrupted one of Australia’s most unique independent rock acts. To find out more and register for Meeting Place go to https://www.kubinaut.de/de/termine/meeting-place-berlin/.
*What disability? We are just drummers from down under!, Just Music/Sky Live, Tue 17. (7-9pm) TBC
Come and be inspired, hear the stories of 3 Australian drummers who have overcome the challenges and struggles of a disability to become successful drummers performing all over the world. Andrew Hewitt, Josh Hogan and Todd James will share their journeys, share their passions and play drums.
*Closing Party & Performance, Alte Kantine Wedding, Thurs 19. 7pm
Everyone is welcome to join us in a celebration at Alte Kantine Wedding with performance by Australian contemporary dancer Anna Seymour, presentation of art project “Under My Tongue” by Australian performer Belinda Locke, DJ set by DJ Eltron, dance, and highlights from the festival.
aquarium – Skalitzerstraße 6, 10999 Berlin
Stephanus Stiftung – Albertinenstraße 20, 13086 Berlin
Brotfabrik – Caligariplatz 1, 13086 Berlin
Podewil – Klosterstraße 68, 10179 Berlin
Just Music/Sky Live – Oranienstraße 142, 10969 Berlin
Alte Kantine Wedding – Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin
Diversity.Arts.Culture – Berliner Projektbüro für Diversitätsentwicklung, Kulturprojekte Berlin, Berlinklusion – Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, Förderband e.V. – Kulturinitiative Berlin, ABSV – Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin gegr. 1874 e. V., Alte Kantine Wedding, Brotfabrik, Stephanus-Stiftung, tanzfähig, Uferstudios, Just Music
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia now Germany 2017 program.
Workshop: ‘Under-Stories Revealed’ at Interventionen – Diversity in Arts and Education Conference and Festival
After an introduction to Berlinklusion, Berlin’s new network for accessibility in arts and culture, participants worked with artists with and without disabilities in a practical creative workshop that draws from the history and physical fabric of Podewil and its surrounds. The workshop concluded with a discussion exploring the existing structures within the cultural field, their limitations and impact on in/exclusion and their hidden possibilities for accessibility.
Further information about the Workshop and Interventionen programme can be found here.
From 2013 – 2016 Jovanna, Dirk and I developed and co-organized Neue Perspektiven gewinnen (Gain New Perspectives) with Berlin based non-profit Förderband eV.
Neue Perspektiven gewinnen is about the “inclusive museum”. Inclusive museum in this sense means: the development of museums and their exhibitions so that all persons, whether they have a disability or not, can use them.
In 2009, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in Germany. Since then, the topic of inclusion has enjoyed great prominence in general as well as in the field of arts and culture. Against the backdrop of scarce budgets and human resources, however, museums find themselves often entering new territory. The result is a lack of access to arts and culture for people with disabilities, as well as a lack of communication within this sector about experiences and knowledge of the needs of people with disabilities. Supported by one of the few disability arts funders Aktion Mensch e.V., we were able to initiate and carry out a series of 25 museum-specific workshops of varying orientation and intensity in addition to a kick-off event and a closing conference.
Our goals were:
Sensitize museum employees to different needs
Learn more, playfully experiment and learn from each other
Network with stakeholders and strengthen each other
The practical learning of people with and without disabilities
Better anchor inclusion within the museum
Inspire museum workers with other perceptual worlds and thus make their cultural offering more interesting
My role in Neue Perspectiven gewinnen was focused on contemporary art and inclusion. Together with Jovanna, I developed and led a multisensorial mediation and masterplan workshop for Berlinische Galerie employees from the fields of mediation, marketing, curation, exhibition design, technical design on 23.09. , 25.09. , 26.09.2015 and 11.02.2016.
This complex, multi-day workshop switched between theoretical approaches and practical exercises. The participants were also mixed: employees were joined by guests with mobility, visual and hearing impairment and guests with learning disabilities.
Photographs of the workshop courtesy of Neue Perspective gewinnen are below. You can find further details on the project on this page.
For over ten years I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Amie Robinson, the art teacher at PS77 in Brooklyn New York and her students as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s Community and Access education team. (PS77 is a public school in Brooklyn NY for middle and high school aged students diagnosed on the autism spectrum.)
Though every single year we have partnered has been a revelation, I’d like to highlight 2015:
For this seven week program we focused on two exhibitions about artists who use their studio space as an integral part of their art-making practice- their studios become the ground for a kind of “world” they create and inhabit. In particular we focused on Matisse’s cut-paper collages which filled the walls of his home in Nice, and the work of a contemporary artist Daniel Gordon, who makes life size, three dimensional collages out of found images.
A number of things happened as a result of our encounters at MoMA: the students were now familiar with the idea of a kind of “manipulated” reality- they had explored images that transform everyday objects into something surreal and expressive, there was a spirit of play and experimentation in the air rooted in something familiar, personal and communal. Back at the school we collectively decided to build a life size, three dimensional kitchen still life from found images:
Three classes participated in the construction of the final art piece; every student participated in both the conception and creation of the project individually and at times communally, it spread across their school day and involved their classroom teacher, their computer teacher and their art teacher.
Every one of our sessions built upon previous investigations as we moved from the concrete to the abstract.
When the kitchen still life was complete, we lit it with studio lights, set up a camera and a tripod, and invited the students to take turns interacting with the set by both directing the scenarios within the set, and being the performers- they were both behind and in front of the lens if they wished. The final series of images blur the boundary between fiction and reality.