Karin Schneider, contributor to Bergen Assembly 2019, is a gallery educator and researcher, born in 1969 in Vienna. She has worked on the art-based research projects on the politics of history and memory Memscreen(2011–2013) and Conserved Memories(2013–2016) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 2016 to 2019 she was engaged in ‘education research and stakeholder involvement’ at the Institute for Arts Education at Zurich University of the Arts ZhdK with Nora Landkammer. Since 2007 she has been engaged in several research projects on museums, museum education and learning environments. From 2001 to 2007 she held a staff position in education at the Museum of Modern Art (mumok) in Vienna.
Introduction Days, 6.4.2019
Nora Landkammer, Karin Schneider: Past Violences, Present Entanglements: Learning and Difficult Heritages (talk and discussion, moderated by Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, 60’)
In education programmes that attempt to open spaces for learning about and from difficult, potentially contentious histories, the violence of the past connects with the positionalities, positions and memories of present-day participants. Which pedagogical situations could make these entanglements productive? And what happens if they are silenced and glossed over? The presentation will discuss observations made in the frame of the project TRACES – Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts, in guided tours and learning programmes in exhibitions and memorial sites in Germany and Austria that aimed to foster debate and personal engagement with histories of colonialism and of Nazi crimes, including our own practice as museum educators. Focusing on selected ‘episodes’ from educational practice we attempt to understand how participants effectively engage with history, and the entanglements and conflictive spaces created through this engagement.