Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2003
Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen 2004
curated by Signe Theill
In this exhibition, female artists were invited to reflect
upon their identities as artists and mothers. The work
"Utopia - Rehearsing instead of Practicing" thematizes
the view of the balancing act between social norms
and utopian aspiration, which is associated with the
presence of children. Two cushioned seating elements
refer formally to the layout of Thomas Morus’ island of
Utopia. On one seating element is a reader with
collected statements and quotes. These contain a
questioning of the traditional, standardized methods of
conveyance used in classical pedagogy vs. an apparent
"objectifyibility" of reality (e.g. 2x2=green, Heinz von
Foerster). With this, a video is shown, made up of a
collection of clips from the classic "Winnetou" films,
memory sequences from a literary utopia. The scenes
are commentated by a continuous text conveyor belt,
citing quotes from two contemporary pedagogues who
coined the term "Dialogical Learning":

"The theory comes only at the very end."
Rune Mields, Susanne Stövhase, Eva Partum, Valie Export, Judith Samen
Installation view Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2003