Bergen Assembly 2019 Education and Mediation Platform


Free admission
Appropriate for all ages
Activities in both English and Norwegian
Meeting point: Belgin, Rasmus Meyers allé 3, 5015 Bergen

The education and mediation platform of Bergen Assembly 2019 takes traditional forms of mediation, such as guided tours or family visits, as a starting point but twists them slightly. Instead of reproducing information, the mediators focus on utilising the triennial as a place for exchange, offering the opportunity to share experiences and knowledges, seeking positions that are unforeseen and remain open to the unexpected.

The programme has been devised to be accessible to all, providing an inclusive entry point to the exhibition and events within Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead. It consists of five modules – The School of Questions, Thursday and Saturday Walks, Map Making, Imagined Futures, and Bergen Assembly Mediates Bergen.

Every Tuesday, 3–5pm
We advise signing up in advance by emailing stacy@bergenassembly.no
Participation without registration is possible according to the capacities of the event.
The School of Questions is a platform for learning and research within Bergen Assembly, open to anyone, regardless of skills, age or experience. The School of Questions turns the notion of a school upside-down to focus on questioning rather than providing answers. It is a weekly meeting point where we gather straight from school or work. Each participant receives a sketchbook where they can gather their thoughts, ideas, questions and responses. Anyone is welcome to join for free, once or regularly.

Over the course of ten weeks, through curiosity and play, The School of Questions will grapple with the concepts and topics proposed by the artworks on display and events happening during Bergen Assembly. Together with artist and educator Stacy Brafield, participants are invited to look, listen, talk and mark-make; from paint strokes on paper to the traces your body leaves behind while walking through the exhibition. We will not be seeking answers, but will inquisitively find and learn how to ask further questions.

Every Thursday, 4–5.30pm
Every Saturday, 2–4pm
No registration necessary
Thursday and Saturday Walks take as a starting point the idea of the guided tour at the gallery or museum. Participants are invited to join specially devised walks that draw upon the concepts of Bergen Assembly 2019. Together with mediator Daniela Ramos Arias, participants follow a choreographed route, looking at and discussing individual works and speculating on their interconnections. The aim of the programme is to break with the conventions and constraints of formal mediation and avoid knowledge reproduction.The mediator will provide an approachable and comfortable space for the participants’ voices to be active and heard.

Guests from the Bergen Assembly team, core group and contributors will join the mediator in co-hosting some of these walks, offering their perspectives, opinions and experiences to the group and allowing the possibility to listen to and learn from the story from the perspective of the ‘maker’. At the end of each walk, we will gather at Belgin for coffee and cake. Sitting together around the table we will have the chance to gather our thoughts, collectively or individually, reflecting upon our experience.

Every Sunday, 12–1.30pm
We advise signing up in advance at daniela@bergenassembly.no
Participation without registration is possible according to the capacities of the event.
Map Making is a mediation workshop that brings together people of all ages. Within the workshops, participants are invited to make maps in different forms, such as maps of conversation, hand-drawn maps or mapping traces of our footsteps, all of which are made in response to and with specific references to the exhibition. The workshops are designed with an intergenerational methodology, open to all regardless of experience and skills.

Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm
School visits to Bergen Assembly
Schools and classes interested in school visits please contact daniela@bergenassembly.no
Bergen Assembly invites schools in and around Bergen to visit Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead. These visits will be hosted by the education and mediation team and will comprise two different age groups: 6–8 year-olds and 17 year-olds.

After an introduction to Bergen Assembly and the exhibition, the intergenerational group will be divided into equal, smaller, intergenerational groups. Imagined Futures takes place in the middle of one of the exhibition venues, surrounded by art. How can art help us imagine the future? Can art make us think about our world today? Each group will work collaboratively inside the exhibition. They are invited to embark on imaginary journeys to the past and the future – what is not anymore and what is not yet – collecting their ideas through drawing, writing, actions and movement.

Education and Mediation team for Imagined Futures: Thea Haug, Michael Laundry, Ida Mari Njie Rølvåg and Mónica Sainz Serrano

In this series of education and mediation events, Bergen Assembly organises tours and lectures that take a closer look at local institutions, history and landmark sights through the lens of Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead. We will visit the Cultural History Museum at the University of Bergen and the Botanical Gardens in Milde and take a closer look at the fresco paintings in the old Bergen Stock Exchange building, among others.

Dates and details are available soon at our online programme.

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