Archiv für den Monat September 2015

Last days of „Once in a blue Moon“ at Galeria OFF Piotrowska

Once in a blue Moon

12 september – 27 september 2015

///Galeria OFF Piotrkowska// ul. Piotrkowska 138/140// 90-062 Łodź, Polska///

The title of the show picks up on an English saying describing a rarely occurring event. Despite the literal delineation the moon actually does not appear blue. A “blue moon” is a calendarical event, – a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month. This happens once in every 2,4 years.

Once a year with the beginning of the winter term OKO launches it’s new program. OKO is an artist’s run art school providing art classes for people from every background and age expanding the participants experience through art and aesthetic learning. Now for the second time in a row OKO assigned me as curator to pick up fresh art works to inspire it’s students.

This year I chose the colour Blue as leitmotif for the show intending to create an aesthetical sensitivity for colour schemes. According to surveys Blue appears to be the world’s most popular colour. Therefore many brands such as Facebook, IKEA and Nivea pick up that colour scheme. Many objects we unconsciously choose for our every day surrounding have the colour blue as we associate it with elegance, harmony, peace, trust, serenity and union.

The selected works in “Once in a blue Moon” are very sensuous and often address collaboration between artists and lay people.


The blueness of the skies always created a desire of longing for mankind to dive into and escape. Taking planes as a metaphor for escape political strangulation and pressure Iranian artist Niloufar Shirani paints and designs plane installations on her own and in collaboration with children.

Once in a Blue Moon Rodney Dee

The British artist Rodney Dee states„The colour blue is synonymous with the spirit, the sky, the water, the immaterial and the remote. … no matter how tactile and close-up it is, the colour blue is always about distance and disembodiment.“ Often his work is assembled of many individual shots or print outs of the very same image. This technique hints on the process of production through repetition.

„mooning/ gninoom“ from „Our first years together (series)“ made in a collaboration between the British artist Mindy Lee and her son J.A.L-B. „Having a baby has radically altered my sense of self, transforming from singular, to a fused identity into a new hybrid state.” The painting technique refers to the Rorschach print, a psychological test. „This print (…) evolves from one gesture being brought together and pulled apart to create two interdependent images. The cut slices the paintings in-two to create a gap which allows the two halves to develop into individual paintings.“

Polish artist Aleksandra Frankowska too reflects on family and parenthood through painting. Her recent works blend images of her childhood with pictures of raising her own son. While the images reflect on repetition of social patterns the colour blue all enwraps the sceneries into timeless distance.

The snapshots of German photographer Max Pauer often convey a subtle humorous punch line. He seeks out for the funny and grotesque. His recent series “Moscow” is about the political and social ambiguities in contemporary Russia.


Mamadou Touré aka Béhan lives and works in Senegal. He is well known for his documentary photography and publishes his work in African and European magazines since 1989. His works ranging from panoramic landscape motives to newsworthy social and political issues.

“I want someone else to see the solitude, the alienation and the attraction hidden in the geometric form.” states Polish artist Krzysiek Ślaziński. He is searching for rhythm and repetition as constructive element through photography. He focuses on constructive elements of architecture which create an urban rhythm.

Susan Sluglett is a painter from Great Britain. Her blue flower still lifes create an extraordinary visual experience for the viewer: colour fields, vivid brush strokes, broken lines and nasty varnish runs, all together moon flowers, morning glories, tulips and hydrangeas vibrantly jitter in front of one’s eyes.

„Untitled (after A. Truitt)” are edible minimalistic sculptures by German artist Line Krom who deals with the supporting system of the gallery space, gallery assistants and the audience. For the duration of the show the sculptures will more and more disperse as they will be consumed by the audience.

Collaboration between artists and lay people is an integral part of this show as it is an approach of OKO to create an awareness and understanding for contemporary art. Therefor we take this engagement for aesthetical awareness, visual research and participation in arts even further and invite the visiting public to submit blue coloured everyday objects building a collection in all shades of blue. Both art works and everyday objects will be on display and for sale in the gallery for the duration of the show.

Once in a Blue Moon Catalogue

Review wyborcza review: Natalia Wolniewicz: Off Piotrkowska. Niecodzienne zdarzenia na niebiesko. In:,35153,18800898,off-piotrkowska-niecodzienne-zdarzenia-na-niebiesko.html 12.9.2015

Review plasterlodzki review: Once in a blue moon w Galerii OFF Piotrowska. In: 12.9.2015



Foto: Kerber Verlag

Am Sonntag, den 30. November 2014 wurde eine Reihe von Interventionen von Besucherinnen und Besuchern im Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt unter dem Titel „Exzentrische Führung mit Schmuggelware, Fremdkörpern und Engelshaar“ präsentiert. Die Interventionen setzten sich  mit der damals aktuellen Ausstellung „WARE & WISSEN (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a strenger)“ auseinander.

Gezeigt wurden Projekte von Adana Albrecht, Julia Albrecht, Spomenka Aleckovic, Alexandra Feith, Katharina Krächan, Susanne Krakow, Daniel Mädler, Petra Ober, Fatimat Olafusi, Allmut Plate, Luise Scheller und Martina Zimpel.

In der nun erscheinende Publikation „IRGENDWAS ZU AFRIKA – Herausforderungen der Vermittlung am Weltkulturen Museum“ wird u. A. der von Aline von der Assen geleitete Workshop, in dem diese Interventionen entwickelt wurden, vorgestellt.

Am Donnerstag, 24. September 2015 findet ab 14 Uhr die Buchpräsentation mit folgendem Rahmenprogramm im Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt, Schaumainkai 29-37, 60594 Frankfurt am Main statt.



„IRGENDWAS ZU AFRIKA – Herausforderungen der Vermittlung am Weltkulturen Museum“

Buchpräsentation mit Anti-Bias Workshop, Vortrag, Gesprächsrunde und Lesung

Donnerstag, 24. September, ab 14 Uhr

Ethnologische Museen im deutschsprachigen Raum sind in den vergangenen Jahren aufgrund von Fremdzuschreibungen, Formen musealer Repräsentation und Rückforderungsansprüchen diskutiert worden. Für die Vermittlung sind diese Themen zentral, da Vermittler und Vermittlerinnen in dieser Auseinandersetzung Stellung beziehen müssen. Die Publikation reflektiert Beispiele aus der Vermittlungspraxis im Frankfurter Weltkulturen Museum und lotet neue Handlungsräume aus, um die Reproduktion von Stereotypen in der pädagogischen Praxis sowie im Alltag zu vermeiden und neue Blickwinkel zu ermöglichen.

Autorinnen und Autoren: Julia Albrecht, Aline von der Assen, Clémentine Deliss, Stephanie Endter, Stephan Fürstenberg, Miguel Graetzer, Belinda Kazeem, Phyllis Kiehl, Nora Landkammer, Berit Mohr, Esther Poppe, Carolin Rothmund, Kristina Rüger, Lena Sandel, Sebastian Schellhaas, Ani Schulze, Damon Taleghani.

Herausgegeben von Stephanie Endter und Carolin Rothmund.
Erschienen im Kerber Verlag. Sonderpreis der Publikation: 20€.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Aventis Foundation in Rahmen ihrer Kulturinitiative „eXperimente“.


14-17 Uhr: Anti-Bias Workshop
Karin Joggerst
 (Anti-Bias-Forum Freiburg)
Weltkulturen Vermittlung, Schaumainkai 29

Die Vermittlung nimmt die Buchpräsentation zum Anlass, einen Anti-Bias Workshops anzubieten, in dem wir die Bedeutung der eigenen (kulturellen) Herkunft und Identität für unser pädagogisches Handeln erkunden. Unbewusst fließen Werte und Normvorstellungen in unsere Arbeit mit ein, die in Vorurteile und Stereotypisierungen münden können. Pädagogische Arbeit braucht jedoch vorurteilsbewusste Erwachsene, die sich selbst im gesellschaftlichen und persönlichen Machtgefüge reflektieren. Der Workshop bietet Impulse für den Arbeitsalltag und stellt anhand von Übungen den Anti-Bias-Ansatz vor.

In deutscher Sprache.15 €. Mit Anmeldung unter 069 212 45115 oder / DER WORKSHOP IST BEREITS AUSGEBUCHT.

18 Uhr: Vortrag
„Versammeln und Auseinandersetzen – Handlungsräume in der Bildung und Vermittlung“
Nora Sternfeld
 (Professorin für Curating and Mediating Art, Aalto University, Finnland)
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37

Museen und Ausstellungen sind Orte, in denen nicht nur Wissen tradiert, sondern auch umgedeutet, angeeignet, verhandelt und diskutiert wird. Wie können Klischees und Zuschreibungen reflektiert und aufgebrochen werden? Welche machtvollen Unterscheidungen und Vorannahmen werden dabei von Institutionen und Vermittler_innen reproduziert? Gibt es etwas, das nicht gesagt werden kann? Wann und wie lässt sich darüber diskutieren? Anhand von Beispielen von Projekten des Wiener Büros trafo.K wird sie über Schwierigkeiten und Möglichkeiten sprechen, um in der Vermittlung kritische Denkräume zu eröffnen und widerständige Handlungszonen zu schaffen.

In deutscher Sprache. 3€ / ermäßigt 1,50€
Im Anschluss finden eine Gesprächsrunde mit den Autorinnen und Autoren und eine Lesung mit der Schriftstellerin Phyllis Kiehl statt.



“SOMETHING ABOUT AFRICA – Challenges facing the Education at the Weltkulturen Museum”

Book launch with Anti-Bias workshop, talk, discussion and reading

Thursday, 24th September, from 2pm

Over recent years, ascription issues, forms of display and restitution claims have fuelled a debate in German-speaking countries on the remit and tasks of ethnological museums. These crucial issues have major implications for museum education services and require education officers to engage with and critique the debate to develop their own positions. This publication takes the educational and outreach practices in Frankfurt’s Weltkulturen Museum as a basis for positing and exploring new approaches to opening up new perspectives and avoiding stereotyping.

Edited by Stephanie Endter and Carolin Rothmund.
Published in Kerber Verlag. Special price: €20.

With the generous support of the Aventis Foundation under its “eXperimente” cultural initiative.

2PM – 5PM: Anti-Bias Workshop
Karin Joggerst
(Anti-Bias-Forum Freiburg)
Weltkulturen Vermittlung, Schaumainkai 29

To mark the publication of Something about Africa, Weltkulturen Education is offering an anti-bias workshop exploring the significance of our own (cultural) background and identity in our educational work. Values and social norms may flow unconsciously into our work, and can generate a bias culminating in prejudices and stereotyping. Those working in education, though, need to be aware of possible prejudices and self-reflective on their own position within social and individual power structures. The anti-bias workshop, which also uses exercises to present the anti-bias approach, offers an important impetus for our daily work.

In German. €15. Registration: 069 212 45115 or
6PM: Talk
“Assembling and Analysing – Areas for Action in Education and Educational Services”
Nora Sternfeld
 (Professor of Curating and Mediating Art, Aalto University, Finland)
Weltkulturen Labor, Schaumainkai 37

Museums and exhibitions are not only locations where knowledge is disseminated, but also reinterpreted, acquired, negotiated and discussed. How can we reflect on and critique clichés and ascriptions? In this process, which canonical categories and assumptions from institutions and educators are reproduced? Is there something which cannot be said? And when and how can it be discussed? Taking examples of projects by trafo.K, a Vienna-based office for research and educational projects, Nora Sternfeld highlights the challenges and opportunities for opening up spaces for critical thought in education and creating resistant zones of action.

In German. €3 / reduced €1.50

The evening concludes with a discussion with the authors and a reading by writer Phyllis Kiehl.