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Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change

«Bildung» through Academic Teaching

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Edited By Lara Rodríguez Sieweke

The anthology departs from the fundamental idea that the university is deeply connected to the ideal of «Bildung» and to democratic values. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet today’s social, cultural and ecological challenges, then one has to take into account the different disciplines’ approaches to education. Thus, the featured proposals on school and university education come from diverse research fields such as general education, media education, art and aesthetic education, philosophy, ethnology, sociology, performance art and gender.

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Displacement and Educational Potentials in Ellen Kobe’s FLORA PFLÜCKT WILDE BLUMEN (Lara Rodríguez Sieweke)

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Lara Rodríguez Sieweke

Displacement and Educational Potentials in Ellen Kobe’s FLORA PFLÜCKT WILDE BLUMEN

Abstract: Artist Ellen Kobe’s video artwork FLORA PFLÜCKT WILDE BLUMEN (2012) refers directly to Botticelli’s Primavera, which in turn dialogues with Ovid’s Fasti. While this will be looked at in this article, the focus will be on Kobe’s use of displacement, an “aesthetic strategy of a move of significance”1 in which an artwork is “displaced” into a new context. In Kobe’s FLORA, displacement is especially significant in the aspects of time, space and gender. Due to these displacements, different possibilities emerge for the mythological spring goddess Flora and her surroundings, thus encouraging the viewer to engage in a reflexive and exploratory dialogue.

Keywords: Ellen Kobe’s FLORA PFLÜCKT WILDE BLUMEN, Botticelli’s Primavera, Ovid’s Fasti, displacement, time, space, gender.

In nova fert animus mutates dicere formas / corpora(Of bodies chang’d to various forms, I sing)--- Ovid, “Metamorphosis”. Translation by John Dryden, Sir Samuel Garth, et al.

1.  Introduction

The Artist and the Strategy of Displacement

Ellen Kobe (born 1968) is a Berlin-based artist whose artworks often involve performance and video in public spaces. According to her website, these works tend to explore history reception, contemporary art exhibitions that are held in historic sites, and gender identity questions. Her artistic method is the principle of displacement. Kobe writes, “By the principle of displacement in...

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