Festival of Future Nows, Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts in collaboration with and at the Neue Nationalgalerie, 2014, Berlin, Germany. Photo: Institut für Raumexperimente, UdK Berlin.
Your Moving Education's topics arise from the five-year educational experiment coproduced by participants and guest teachers at the Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin. The publication revolves around the questions of how we learn to experiment by experimenting, and how education can be moving. Moving puts one in a conscious physical relation to the systems in which one is being organized. It is a way to touch the world and, by doing so, to renegotiate the terms of the world. The publication collects critical discourse and contributions by practitioners specializing in coproducing knowledge through education, art, and architecture as spatial practices, which can move and change the world. The publication moves in chapters, as a series of experiments in print. It includes essays, poems, or other written thoughts, as well as artists' interventions that relate to those very topics, movements, and trajectories.
Olafur Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments) as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) together with his codirectors, Eric Ellingsen and Christina Werner. From 2009 to 2014, the Institut für Raumexperimente developed as an art education research project, housed in the same building as Studio Olafur Eliasson. One of the central tenets in the methodology of the Institut für Raumexperimente is to curate learning situations of uncertain certainty. These teaching experiments allow unexpected and surprising ideas and energies to emerge from within the unique micro-ecologies of international guests, practitioners, educators, and scientists participating across an expanse of different disciplines. Eliasson is an artist living and working in Copenhagen and Berlin. His work spans from installation and sculpture to photography and film and has been exhibited worldwide in institutions, such as MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Venice Biennale. Architectural works include Your Rainbow Panorama, for ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, with Henning Larsen Architects. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio numbers eighty craftsmen, architects, and art historians. 121Ethiopia was founded in 2005 by Eliasson and art historian Marianne Krogh Jensen, as a small international NGO that works to improve the lives and conditions of children in Ethiopia.
Eric Ellingsen has been codirector of the Institut für Raumexperimente since 2009. He established Species of Space in 2009 as a platform through which art, architecture, writing, and performance converge through spatial practices. Ellingsen has master's degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and in classical philosophy from St. John's College. Before moving to Berlin, he taught architecture and landscape architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. At IIT, he helped start a master's of landscape architecture program and served as the program’s assistant director. He worked as a research assistant for Cecil Balmond and he freelanced briefly at Field Operations. Ellingsen publishes creative and critical writing regularly and gives performance and lectures (past venues include the Serpentine Pavilion, the Palais de Tokyo, and with WE LIVE HERE Academy). He was an editor of MODELS 306090 and his book, Phantom Bilder, is forthcoming. He is visiting faculty at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning as of September 2014.
Christina Werner is codirector of the Institut für Raumexperimente and is coinitiator of the project Acting Archives–Media Lab for Artistic Research and Education, which develops collaborative and educational programs between Ethiopian, German, and international artists and theorists on the subject of artistic research and archiving. She was curating coordinator of the artist’s award and exhibition series ars viva from 2007 to 2009 and she has curated exhibitions, symposiums, and workshops at the nGbK, Berlin and Heinrich Böll Foundation, among other venues. In 2002, she was assistant to Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta 11.