Un-learning Ecologies: Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis

Edited by Cynthia Gavranic, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, and Maren Ziese.
Designed by Chiara Giardi, Caroline Glock and Ani Ekin Özdemir.
Photo: Caroline Glock.


Species extinction, climate change, and worsening ecological and social inequality: art educators and teachers are confronted with urgent new challenges. How can art education make critical and innovative contributions to a new sense of responsibility and agency?

How could a future-oriented art education look like, in which all generations take care of our planet? Which methodological challenges and necessary actualizations are there for a post-human, emancipatory educational work?
The bilingual, participatory publication “Un-learning Ecologies: Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis” should serve art mediators, art educators, art teachers, students, curators and artists as an open, performative platform to deal with the ecological crisis and environmental art education, and as a format that can be further developed and activated.

Scores, arts assignments, possible courses of action and experiments were developed based on contemporary theories on ecopedagogies, critical pedagogy, transformative learning and Un-/Learning. Questions of interspecies communication and solidarity, Hydrofeminism and Plant Being, as well as Healing and Decolonizing Nature are included as well as questions of intergenerational learning and speculative future scenarios.

Text: Cynthia Gavranic, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, and Maren Ziese

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Gavranic, Cynthia, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, und Maren Ziese, Hrsg. 2021.
Un-Learning Ecologies: Workbook Kunstvermittlung in der ökologischen Krise.
Zürich: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst; Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.
ISBN 978-3-906437-43-9