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Digital and cultural. A project to develop and research on digital art education in museums

Europe: Heritage Lived Anja Gebauer

The project contributes to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 with opening up the view of a younger generation to the cultural heritage and its education.

The museum as an institution is a keeper of a very meaningful cultural heritage. Due to its institutional mission, it is also responsible to educate it and to create a certain connection or access for the society.
Nowadays museums are facing many challenges (some are chances at the same time) – one is the digitalization. This is why many concepts of how to use digital media for art education are being developed. Certainly the target audience and the young generation is to involve in this. Because they are the heirs of our cultural heritage.

This project aims to let kids participate in the development of digital concepts for art education in museums.

In the project kids and students will work together to develop digital units for art education. These will be tried out as samples in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. The Lenbachhaus with it´s biggest collecion of The Blue Rider (avant-garde artists in the early twentieth century based in Munich - including Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Mary etc.) is an important anchor of Munich´s cultural identity. The artists had a great impact on the identity of Munich, which is traditionally a Cultural City. Due to its accessibility for kids, the collection The Blue Rider is very suitable for the theme “Heritage Lived“. The topic is featuring a huge reference to the living environment of the kids because most of the artists were living and working in Munich. The kids can connect with the photography, understand the cultural impact, get personally involved and reflect about the cultural identity of Munich, which was shaped by The Blue Rider.

Furthermore, the artists oriented themselves on a primitive and childlike formal language. The expressive colors and the strong symbolism are opening up visual worlds that are well approachable for kids. At the same time, the artists had a far-reaching influence on European art history. To sum up the Blue Rider is a topic that is very suitable to an active approach with kids. An interesting “young” view on a local and extensive cultural heritage will emerge.

In the beginning kids and students will visit the collection The Blue Rider in the Lenbachhaus togehter. After first insights in the collection the students and kids will move freely in small groups. Each group will define one topic about The Blue Rider that is based on the interest of the kids.

In the next meetings the kids and students will work on their own topic in their group. They will research, explore, express and experiment together. The digital methods will be tried out and developed on Tablets of the Institute of Art Education that are sponsored by Samsung.

Aim of the project is to let kids develop their ideas about digital art education. They should reflect about how to engage other people with art in a museum by using digital media. In the project the kids shall reflect about their own access to cultural heritage. Furthermore, they change perspectives and think as someone who does art education. An active and reflected exchange beyond borders of institutions can develop on this way.

In the end there will be small units about different topics that show the kids´ thoughts and approaches. These will be tried out and presented in the Lenbachhaus afterwards. The ideas should be developed by the kids to create a proper participation. The students will be their supporters. 11 Kids in the age of 11-14 years will be part of the program.

The project will be attended by student and research assistants and is sponsored by the programme "Kooperationsprojekte des Stadtjugendamts der Landeshauptstadt München" and the " Netzwerk Interaktiv" . Participating institutions are the Institut of Art Education (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), the montessori school at Olympiapark and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. The project will take place from October 2017 until February 2018 in Munich.

Afterwards Anja Gebauer will continue working with the output of the project in context of her phd research. Therefore a interactive Multimedia-Guide suitable for children will be developed for the Lenbachhaus in 2018. This Multimedia-Guide will be researched and explored. The aim is to gather a general knowledge about digital art education in museums (for children).

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