Nora Landkammer, contributor to Bergen Assembly 2019, is a gallery educator and researcher, born in 1983 in Vienna. She is a member of the collective EAR – education, arts, and research. She has co-directed the Institute for Arts Education at Zurich University of the Arts ZhdK. From 2016 to 2019, she was a principal investigator in TRACES – Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts, researching learning on difficult heritage.
Her research and practice focuses on interrogations of coloniality and racism in the contexts of art, museum, and gallery education. She is active in the international research network Another Roadmap for Arts Education.
For Bergen Assembly 2019, she collaborates with Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa in research on museum displays and education on colonial history.
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.