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Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond

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How do people learn, what do they know, and how does it influence their personality, their behavior, and their position in society? These questions were in the focus of the research and exhibition series entitled “Creativity Exercises” between 2014 and 2016, which displayed historical and contemporary art projects experimenting with alternative forms of learning, spanning three exhibition stations: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, at tranzit.hu in Budapest and at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

The book contextualizes Creativity Exercises—an amateur course led by neo-avant-garde artists, Miklós Erdély and Dóra Maurer, in Budapest between 1975-1977—within the postwar intellectual networks that connected artists, architects, educators, sociologists and other socially engaged professionals, fostering the exchange of ideas and concepts and making connections between different fields of knowledge.

The first part of the publication consists of historical texts. It contains the English translation of the collection of exercise-descriptions which functioned as the curriculum of Creativity Exercises as well as studies written between the 1970s and 1990s on the methods employed in the Creativity Exercises course and on parallel models for progressive pedagogies and art education. In the second part of the book essays commissioned for this publication create historical and transnational perspective for the “case study” of the Creativity Exercises course. The impact that such “creativity exercises” had on aesthetic, educational, and institutional concepts, and the impulses for participation, co-creation, knowledge production, and exchange that it continues to give—even beyond the realm of art—are the central themes of the book.

With historical texts by László Beke, Ildikó Enyedi, Miklós Erdély, Dóra Maurer, Ferenc Mérei, Tamás St.Auby and commissioned essays by Éva Forgács, Janna Graham, Dóra Hegyi, Sándor Hornyik, Zsolt K. Horváth, Emese Kürti, Zsuzsa László, Marion von Osten, and Axel Wieder.

Edited by Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, and Franciska Zólyom

Published by Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, tranzit. hu, Budapest and Sternberg Press

Creativity Exercises. Emancipatory Pedagogies in Art and Beyond
Authors: László Beke, Ildikó Enyedi, Miklós Erdély, et al.
Editors: Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, Franciska Zólyom
Translated by: Alan Campbell, John Bátki (Miklós Erdély), Diana Kingsley (Tamás St.Auby), Orbán Katalin (Exercises)
Publisher: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, tranzit. hu, Budapest and Sternberg Press
Distributor: Sternberg Press
Design: Virág Bogyó
City: Budapest
Year: 2020
Pages: 387
ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-95679-552-7 (Sternberg Press), 978-615-80566-5-6 (Tranzit Hungary Egyesület)
Price: HUF 9000 (in Hungary), EUR 28, USD 32, CAD 42

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