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IDEAlaboratory 2011

GIOTTO & LYRA present: IDEAlaboratory 2011

Eksperimenta! IDEAlaboratory was a programme for integrating contemporary art and education, which took  place during the Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! from April 28 – April 30, 2011.

IDEAlaboratory consisted of presentations and workshop which were targeted for art educators and the ones which welcome both art educators and students. IDEAlaboratory brought together art education experts, researchers, practitioners and school students from all over the world.

View programme in pdf.

Overview of presentations

Elizabeth Goddard (UICA, USA)
A Community Wide Collaborative Approach to Teaching Contemporary Art

– Learning experiences outside the classroom – where the art lives
– START – the Big Idea
– Problems in engaging youth in contemporary art
– Demystify contemporary art
– Accepting the challenge
– Encouraging artists to talk about their work
– Collaboration between art classes & society


Miriam Cooley, Ph.D (University of Alberta, Canada)
Creative Collaborative Practice: How might we create together?

1+1+1 = more as 5 😉
– Performance – a moment of instability
– The main question of the 21st century: How to overcome individualism and to do meaningful co-operation?
– Rhizome as a metaphor of how art spreads
– The romantic idea of the artists (from the 19th century)
– Good examples of Canadian art
– Local art examples into art education
– Courage is contageous


Tomaž Zupančič, PhD (University in Maribor, Slovenia)
Understanding student’s artworks according to the Scot Lash’s post-modern Regime of signification

– How to use scandals in pedagogical process?
– To take an active stance, defend students in their bold steps
– Signifier – reference – the signified
– How to bring students to theory
– Good narrative for the presentation

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Julia Marshall, Ph.D (San Francisco State University, USA)
Creative Strategies in Contemporary Art

– How to think creatively?
– Education is changing, now the main question is “How to think?”
– Great examples in pictures
– Juxtaposition – conceptual collage
– Projection – storytelling about the “could be”
– Formatting – instructions, mapping etc for make process visible
– Metaphor
– “Visible thinking in contemporary art demystifies creativity”

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Franky Scaglione (Wheat Ridge High School, USA)
Juxtaposed Harmony

– Example of redesigning shoes (exhibition – production…)
– 4 different tapes played simultaneously in 4 corners of the room
– Sound provokes images, tastes, smell
– Listening in the dark
– Walking around the room with the music
– Playing with sound, not only listening – to think differently


Estêvão Haeser (Unified High School, Brazil)
Dada video making: common objects, uncommon narratives

– A good method to learn about dada and to create a movie
– Involving people in our creative process
– Creating something from nothing


Jelena Tšekulajeva (Kumu Art Museum, Estonia)
Method 4K

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Heie Treier, Ph.D (Tallinn University, Estonia)
From optics to Surveillance Society

– Analysis and Synthesis
– Art history of Estonia, examples from Tartu, the meaning of optics
– Camera as a tool of surveillance society – where, if and when a civilian is allowed to use it?
– History as a source of big ideas
– Politics shaping and affecting art
– How – why – what to paint


Noemí Peña Sánchez (University of Valladolid, Spain)
How can I photograph if I can’t see?

– Making photos in your minds, which were quite different in reality
– Being aware of other senses
– Linguistic, finding the right words to communicate about what you see

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Marina Mayumi Bartaline (NGO – Progen – Projeto Gente Nova, Brazil)
On the other side of the wall: manifestations by young people through urban intervention

– Exposure of the works of Brazilian artists
– Bringing contemporary art making practices to underprivileged youths
– Analysis of the community surroundings – how to engage the community
– Visual messaging to the community, both in words and pictures

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Paresh Joshi (Great Britain / Finland)
Digital excursion: You are the chosen one

– Creating a new identity is simple, but we don’t realize that
– Interdiscliplinarity
– Virtual traveling

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Dr Joanna Black, Ph.D (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Best Practices in Contemporary Art Education: Visual Arts New Media Programs in three Canadian Secondary Schools

Visual art needs to take back control of the visual new media


Alison Cronin (West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland)
Joining the conversation, how teachers and students can engage with contemporary art as equals

– Respecting the individual idea of the participants
– Embracing participatory critiques of contemporary artworks
– Notion of conversation is open-ended, evolves in unexpected ways
– Artwork as catalyst of conversation

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Heli Niska (Vantaa Art School, Finland)
Look around!

– Joy of drawing

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Siiri Taimla & Tanel Rannala (Sally Stuudio, Estonia)
Participative drawing

– Tell about meanings


Tatyana Selivanova, Ph.D (Institute of Art Education of the Russian State Academy of Education, Russia)
Nikolay Selivanov, Ph.D («Studio of art designing», Russia)
Workshops of the Future. The designing of educational frameworks on the basis of contemporary art in Moscow

– How to use your creativity to resolve problems – language and other problems
– The vitality, variety and conceptual depth of young Russian artists
– Lots of colour and energy

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Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D (UK / USA)
Presentation of video interview „About Creative Revolution“

– Education as organism not mechanism
– Art education a starting of a life process
– Help to catalize a process for our students
– Make sense of random things (Steve Jobs example)
– Creativity is everywhere – all teachers must know that
– Creativity is a process, is possible to learn it, tools of teaching creativity
– The educational system was designed in 19th century – we need a new one
– To develop children’s talent and creativity
– Teachers are like gardeners not engineers
– School: a learning-community – people learn together, face to face
– 3 purpose of education: economical, cultural, personal


Javier Abarca (Universidad Complutense, Spain)
Teaching urban intervention, learning to see the city a new

– Art is everywhere
– Learn to widen your vision of the environment
– Social impact of your creation
– Non-conventional art, good examples


Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir (The Reykajvik School of Visual Art, Iceland)
DRAWING. looking – seeing – sensing

– Draw without seeing
– Be guided by other person, to be guided on my drawing
– Learning by touching, drawing by touching
– Increased the idea of drawing – the essence of drawing is important, not the connection to reality
– The meaning of your words, how to say the right things, express yourself clearly
– Example of cooperation
– Challenge to explain


IDEAlaboratory was supported by: