A Matter of Perspective

in Kooperation mit dem Jüdischen Museum Berlin (JMB)

Das Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) erforscht seine Sammlung und untersucht die Potenziale in dem Ensemble der Dokumente, Kunst- und Designgegenstände, Publikationen, Filmen und all den anderen Sammlungsstücken. Mit einer seiner Strukturen, der AdA-Schule - in der die Institution von der Community und ihren Erfahrungen lernen kann - entwickelt das Archiv der Avantgarden ein besonderes Projekt im Rahmen der 1. Kinderbiennale an den Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden: "Eine Frage der Perspektive", in Kooperation mit dem Jüdischen Museum Berlin (JMB).

  • DATES 22/09/2018—24/02/2019
in co-operation with the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB)

Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) within the Children's Biennial DREAMS & STORIES

The Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) continues examining and unlocking the potential that lies in its collection by exploring documents, artworks, design objects, publications, films, and other items and objects.

With one of its structures, the AdA School – in which the institution is afforded a space to learn from the community and individual and collective experiences – the Archiv der Avantgarden has developed a special project for the first Children’s Biennale of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden: A Matter of Perspective, in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin. Using ideas and contents (ranging from artistic and pedagogic methodologies to ideas related to function and design) that were sparked by or found within the collection, the AdA has developed three projects that have been grouped together to take a closer look at the perspectives from which we may perceive time, reality, and facts.


Can we change perspective? How do perspectives change as we experience growth during the transition from childhood to becoming an adult? What is lost along the way? Can a change in perspective help to better understand those people and things that may seem strange and other? In A Matter of Perspective, the AdA School devotes itself to these questions throughout the entire course of the Children’s Biennale.

The nucleus of the projects is the Social Space situated on the first floor of the Japanisches Palais. Visitors are invited to explore the architectural, intellectual, and audio experiments of Claude Parent (1923-2016), Robert Filliou (1926-1987), Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), Bruno Munari (1907-1998), Enzo Mari (1932), and others. In doing so, they experience the perspectives of children in regard to perceiving space, the body’s movement across time, and life within a community or society. The project name Social Space is borrowed from the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the pedagogic methods of the Brazilian educator Anisio Teixeira (1900-1971), who in the 1950s created a new model for educational institutions with the School Park. The Social Space is a place for conviviality and simultaneously a stage setting and experimental space.

[Translate to English:] Text 3

Students of the Buergerwiese Gymnasium in Dresden make use of it to create a series of practical activities that allow them to explore ideas of how to construct spaces and frameworks within which the perspective of reality may be altered. The AdA School and teams from the Jewish Museum Berlin join the students in their endeavor. Ultimately, the results of the experiments conducted throughout the workshops – i.e. the new perspective – will be presented by the students in the form of a performed opera unlike any other: Growing—An Opera Without Songs, Music or Drama in Three Acts. Can we change our perspectives on everything? The AdA plays with the notions of what an opera might be, creating something in that process that goes against all expectations. The outcome: an avant-garde opera without music that tackles the notion of growing (up), and speaks of how and what we might see or understand differently with a change in perspective.

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