Cultural Mediation Forum ART&SCIENCE
Hosted by: Cluj Cultural Centre
October 25-28, 2021
Cluj Cultural Centre organizes the Cultural Mediation Forum, an annual event dedicated to the practices existing at the intersection of culture and education, which aims to create a framework for exchange, dialogue and learning for the development of cultural mediation. The 2021 edition of the Forum is part of STUDIOTOPIA and proposes an exploration of the convergence between art and science, of their cohabitation in the approaches of educators, artists and managers.
The Forum's program encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences on how we understand the integrated approach to arts and science in schools and curatorial practices, on how public funding policies encourage certain mediation practices, on the forms that the collaboration between art and science in educational programs can take and how we prepare to achieve quality cultural and scientific mediation.
The Forum is curated by Corina Bucea (manager of the Academy of Change, Cluj Cultural Centre) and Raluca Iacob (consultant in cultural policies and management), with the contribution of Miruna Amza (project manager Learning Qub, Cluj Cultural Centre).
Four sections build up the programme of the Cultural Mediation Forum | art science:
Definition - in which we introduce the theme, we define the territory and introduce concepts and ideas Frames - in which we zoom on specific practices and contexts where mediation takes place Resources - in which we identify and share concrete resources for cultural mediation
Competences - in which we define and discuss ways in which professional development and shaping competences can be supported in the field of mediation.
In the opening session of the Forum, we invited three international experts in art, science and education to share their views on this year’s theme. We invite you to discover their video interventions below.
Anne Bamford is Strategic Director of the Education and Skills for the City of London. She is the author of the “Wow Factor: Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education” which has been published in five languages and distributed in more than 40 countries. Anne Bamford has been awarded the title Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Anne talks about the importance of education and the combined effect of working with arts in schools and outside of schools. People who are introduced to arts gain what she calls “fusion skills” that enable them to flourish now and in the future. These skills are the ones that equip us to be able to cope with whatever life throws at us.
Katherine Heid holds a graduate degree in psychology and political sciences, specialising in intercultural and neuropsychology. Her passion for culture and for rethinking communities has driven her twenty year career in the arts, culture, intercultural exchange, youth and politics. She is currently responsible for Politics and Society at the German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning. In her intervention, Katherine talks about the impact of cultural mediation and cultural education on democracy and how they can address the challenges we are now facing. Cultural education strengthens the community, it gives a sense of empowerment, especially to young people, of being part of something, of being seen.
Ryan Jenkins is a constructionist educator operating as the co-founder and managing director of Wonderful Idea Company, an innovative design company that develops learning materials, environments and resources. In his work, Ryan strives to plant the seeds for others to explore a tinkering-based education philosophy by organizing workshops, giving keynote talks on the value of making and tinkering, mentoring emerging educators and creating written guides and resources for experimental projects. In this video he talks about tinkering, which he defines as an approach to learning that values curiosity, ideas and experiments as the driving process towards real understanding. Tinkering projects combine art, science and technology, because in that intersection there is room for experimentation and new ideas.orem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.
The Cultural Mediation Forum is organized by Cluj Cultural Centre as part of the STUDIOTOPIA project, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.