From 3 December 2016 to 5 February 2017 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents Learning Laboratories: Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970, a research exhibition and a symposium setting out to reconstruct educational imaginaries—the past’s conceptions of the future of education—in an archaeological excavation of the learning spaces and knowledge environments of the 1960s and 1970s. In stark contrast to the present condition of crisis in education the architectural programs and educational research around 1970 gave rise to a number of experimental building principles and pedagogical ideals such as the “comprehensive school” and “schools without walls.” Through a number of selected case studies in the edu-architectural design and learning technologies of the period, Learning Laboratories explores the experimental embodiment of several spatio-pedagogical ideologies, opening out to developments in educational design, politics, and psychology.
Learning Laboratories is conceptualized by Berlin-based curator and writer Tom Holert (Note from DAI: Tom Holert was a core-member of the 2013 panel of external experts asked to produce a report on the DAI which was then evaluated and calibrated by the NVAO.)
The exhibition is designed by Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik, Berlin and realized in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and the Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin.
The symposium The Real Estate of Education takes place on 4 February 2017.