Art mediation at documenta fifteen (Kassel, May to September 2022) with a group of more than 130 people.

lumbung is based on friendship. In Indonesian sobat means friend or companion. The plural form is sobat-sobat. As friends, the art mediators sobat-sobat accompany visitors on guided tours through the documenta fifteen exhibition. These exhibition tours are called Walks and Stories and form part of lumbung knowledge. As an active part of lumbung knowledge visitors and art mediators alike create encounters and access through their practice of storytelling.

Text: documenta fifteen, 2022

Online formats

Next to all the offline Walks and Stories formats (in different languages, for different audiences, needs, …) we developed several online formats such as Online Walks and Stories and Online Hosting at ook_visitorZentrum.

sobat-sobat organised

To respond to the public debates we were confronted with and to advocate for better working conditions we, a part of the sobat-sobat, organised ourselves. We collectively wrote and circulated an Open Letter and planned and carried out public actions. Find out more here.

One of the outcomes of the Open letter was an invitation by the interim director Alexander Farenholtz, to elect a group of representatives to work on the most urgent and concrete matters. I had the honour to share this responsibility with nine other engaged sobat-sobat.


Next to our private meme-group and nests (groups of ca. 20 sobat-sobat formed during the preparation weeks), one of the channels to reflect on our practice and experience at documenta was the publication “Ever been friend-zoned by an institution'” published towards the end of the 100 days with the lumbung press (documenta Halle). Find out more here.

Course and presentations

I had the pleasure to be invited by Bruno Heller with Desirée Hieronimous to offer a course for Master students of Zurich University of the Arts that reflected on our experience as art mediators at documenta fifteen and translated it to be further developed in other contexts. We developed a block seminar titled “Learning from lumbung one: Collectivity in Art Education” (20, 27 March, 11-14 April) in collaboration with the education department of Kunsthalle Zurich. The course ended with an exchange of experiences with other Art Mediators and professionals.

For the presentations related to my experience as sobat, click here.

Transcultural Collaboration

Shared Campus semester program
Greece (Athens and Hydra)
20 September – 17 December 2021

Transcultural Collaboration is a unique international MA semester programme in the arts, and a cooperation between Shared Campus partner institutions in Asia and Europe. Students from all arts and design disciplines have the chance to explore different locations of the Shared Campus network, collaborating on experiments with open outcomes.

The programme takes place at different locations in Europe and in Asia. These locations serve as a base and common playground for joint research. Their different cultural and historical developments and living environments provide interesting insights and opportunities for reflection on a variety of topics such as value systems, politics, traditions and cultural hybridization, or power structures.

The main focus is on practice-based collaboration and teamwork between the participants in changing constellations. An annual semester topic and a related lecture series serve to focus debates and provide a framework for practical experimentation. The programme is complemented with additional inputs by guests, excursions, and workshops. The semester includes public presentations.

Text: Shared Campus, Transcultural Collaboration

Find out more about the process and outcomes of TC 2021 on the Transcultural Collaboration Blog.

During our time in Greece, we realised two major events/exhibitions:

Saganaki on Ice

Communitism (Kerameikou 28, Athens, Greece)
28 October 2021
Find out more about our projects here.

Micro-relations lab

One Minute Space (Marathonos 71, Athens)
10-11th December 2021
Find out more about our projects here.

Art Walks @Zurich Art Weekend

A collaboration between the Master Art Education Curatorial Studies at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Zurich Art Weekend.
Students of the Master Art Education Curatorial Studies have worked out different Art Walks. During a two-hour walk, visitors are invited to visit several art spaces and discuss current themes and curatorial approaches of the Zurich art scene.

Text: Zurich Art Weekend


The Art Walks I designed focused on women* in the arts.
It started at Kunsthaus Zurich, linked the gallery Fabian Lang, Una Szeeman’s work for Gasträume 2020 and ended at Museum Strauhof.

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

Download the open-access, print-at-home version here.

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


KUNSTSURFER is a browser-based art space. It runs on an add-on that recognises advertisements and replaces them with digital exhibitions. KUNSTSURFER brings art into your daily browsing. It plays with the ways online advertisements look and work. It takes over commercial space to host experimental, digital site-specific curatorial and artistic projects.

KUNSTSURFER is also the collective that created and runs this art space. It is currently composed of Chiara Giardi, Evita Verbrugge, Heiko Schmid and Ugo Pecoraio, four curators who are mostly based in Switzerland. KUNSTSURFER was founded in 2021 by the current members, together with Itay Blaish. The add-on was programmed and is technically supported by the artist Michael Aschauer.

KUNSTSURFER was funded by the city of Zurich (Creative Tech for Good), ZHdK Fonds/Mercator Foundation and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

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