Education Shock

Learning, Politics and Architecture in the 1960s and 1970s

Edited by Tom Holert, HKW
De Gruyter, 2020
In German
300 pages, approx. 180 images, 22 x 30 cm, brochure
ISBN: 978-3-11-070126-5
Price: € 28

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As an integral part of the research and exhibition project Education Shock a German volume has been dedicated to the experiments in education and space over the long 1960s and 1970s, a period in which, then as now, the renewal of education was deemed inevitable.

Education Shock reconstructs the consequences of the shock elicited by the "Sputnik crisis": After the Soviet Union had stunned the West in 1957 with its unexpected success in the space race, education expanded on a global scale in an attempt to overcome the “technological gap” as well as a supposed "world educational crisis" of the post-war order. Under the pressure of demographic and technological developments, social movements and cultural changes, learning itself, as well as the spaces of learning, were to be radically reconceived and transformed.

Contributions by artists, scholars, and architects, supplemented by primary texts from the 1960s and 1970s, render a time of reforms, experiments, and breakthroughs ready to be revisited amid current debates.

With contributions by Elke Beyer, Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber, Catherine Burke, Evan Calder Williams, Filipa César/Sónia Vaz Borges, Dina Dorothea Falbe, Gregor Harbusch, Maria Hlavajova/BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Tom Holert, Ana Hušman/Dubravka Sekulić, Jakob Jakobsen, Ana Paula Koury/Maria Helena Paiva da Costa, Monika Mattes, Daniel Neugebauer, Kerstin Renz, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet/Alexander Schmoeger/Florian Zeyfang, Mario Schulze, Eva Stein, Alexander Stumm, Oliver Sukrow, Mark Terkessidis, Ola Uduku, Urs Walter, Francesco Zuddas