Creativity Exercises: Spaces of Emancipatory Pedagogies


How to break down the routine of the education system in which frontal teaching and data-learning are still the generic formats of gaining knowledge?

Referring to the examples from the visual arts and architecture, the exhibition “Creativity Exercises” demonstrates how open and participatory forms of learning such as different techniques of montage, movement exercises, utopian architectural models, non-verbal communication games, or collective actions can fuel the imagination and contribute to the formation of experimental and democratic communities.

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Pańska 3Warsaw

Opening: Friday, 24 June, 2016, 7:00 PM
24 June – 4 September, 2016

Curators: Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László

The title of the exhibition was borrowed from Miklós Erdély and Dóra Maurer’s art course held in Budapest between 1975 and 1977. Tracing similar examples of self-organized transdisciplinary study circles of the 1970s and earlier pedagogical experiments connected with the artistic milieus of the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and the Situationist International, the exhibition discusses the pedagogical potential of art and contributes to contemporary debates on the educational turn in the visual arts, and the industrialization of creativity.

Discussing alternative practices of art education in the context of critical and emancipatory pedagogy, the exhibition defines creativity as a form of agency that is brought to life when the web of relations and roles surrounding the individual is dislodged. It is not a quality, nor an ability to be developed, but an interpersonal agency that enables critical, community-based learning. This does not mean the passive intake of information units, but the (inter)active shaping of personalities and interpersonal relations, the empowerment of groups and individuals, so that they can be critical and responsible social actors.

The exhibition is a continuation of a project that was previously presented at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2014) and in Budapest (2015).

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Photo: Miklós Erdély, Dóra Maurer, Creativity Exercises, 1975-77. Photo by Tamás Papp. Courtesy Miklós Erdély’s Heirs, Dóra Maurer and Miklós Erdély Foundation