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

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.


The publication “Un-Learning Ecologies. Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis” was developed within a collaboration between the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK): the Netzwerk8037/Stiftung Zürcher Gemeinschaftzentren, GZ Wipkingen and the seminars Vermittlung in Ausstellungen 1 and other classrooms: Ecopedagogies within the Master Art Education program at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) – and in active engagement with the two exhibitions Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories and Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. The project is supported by the Kuratorium Ökologie (ZHdK). The online publication can be downloaded below.

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