The OFF mediation team aims to give rise to situations of knowledge sharing and community building/reinforcement in the course of the OFF Biennale that have an impact not only on the visitors of the art projects, but also on their creators and the professional audience. Our mission is to present contemporary art as something other than an abstract field that is difficult to interpret and only engages a small social sphere. The challenge of mediation is to show how the devices of contemporary art help us in thinking about our common issues, and what kinds of creative research and problem-solving experiments are made possible by creative freedom. The projects of Inhale! are characterized by democratic knowledge sharing, critical attitude and community-based creative strategies, and accordingly, the mediation programmes are aligned with these principles. This year’s theme has become particularly timely due to the difficulties presented by the previous year. The relocation of community situations into the digital space has made creative work and organizing difficult for us as well, but the OFF Biennale team continues to work towards offering our audience a diversity of programs that also reflect on the current situation and are accessible to a broad public. The specific format of the programs (in physical space/online/hybrid) will be disclosed later on. Choose from the options below and register to our mediation programs! (Recommended audiences are indicated at each program.)
OFF-Biennale’s 2021 projects reflect on social and ecological questions that are especially significant to younger generations. Artificial intelligence, digital networks, ecological footprint, the critique of consumer culture and the real or hypothetical possibilities of experiencing freedom and community are all such buzzwords that we must interpret, take apart, twist and turn, play with together with the emerging generation. The diversity of the contemporary art projects realized under the aegis of OFF, the creative ways of approaching the issues that occupy all of us give rise to an opportunity to offer interested school groups activities that target different age groups and involve various disciplines. Due to the pandemic, this year this can only be realized partially and via online platforms. As a self-organized grassroots community, OFF-Biennale’s mediation team reflects on the world of official education as well and makes an effort to develop relations with these institutions. As far as our possibilities allow, we urge collaboration with school groups, and we believe in the favourable effect of long-term partnerships. We also consider it important in the long term for the art scene to develop stronger relationships with teachers who are increasingly inclined to use visual tools in their practice while being open to interdisciplinary approaches and believing in democratic ways of organizing learning. In many cases, the projects of Inhale! bring textbook lessons to life through the format and situative capacity of contemporary art, offering the possibility of learning, examining and analysing curricular elements of the subjects of natural sciences and humanities. Beyond one-time activities, our goal is to develop online learning materials that remain available to teachers even after the Biennale, helping and diversifying their work in the long run.
For study groups
OFF-Biennale considers it important to develop relations with non-formal study groups and self-learning communities outside the school system that are based on grassroots, non-hierarchical knowledge sharing and predominantly operate with the pedagogical method of learning-by-doing, as well as communities that represent the concept of education by art relevantly or any of the topics explored at Off Biennale 2021. Our goal with this year’s program is to initiate sustainable professional dialogue and knowledge transfer between different learning communities.
If you are interested in the programs offered by OFF-Biennale and would like to try them with your students, you are in the right place. Clicking on the link takes you to the descriptions of the various projects and some educational materials that aid your mediation activity. If you have a school group or class that you would like to bring to any of the project spaces, or if you would like to integrate any of the art projects into your online educational activity, do not hesitate to contact us.