Press releases | Culture 13.04.2010

kiss – Culture in Schools and Universities

Stipends Awarded in 2010 and a New Publication on the Topic of "Art and Current Media Culture in Schools".

The current publication of the “kiss – Culture in Schools and Universities” project series documents the teaching of students of art education in the field of “Art and Current Media Culture in Schools”. The booklet provides interested teachers, student teachers and students of education with ideas and hands on teaching material.

As part of the “kiss” project students of art education meet artists in their workshops, homes or at current exhibitions. During the meetings the students discuss with the artists about art and possible teaching methods. They design a teaching unit which contains the work of the respective artist, which is aimed at his or her artistic strategy or which uses the exploration of a particular piece of work as an impulse for the pupils’ own creative work.

The ensuing texts produced by the stipend recipients are supplemented by a wealth of materials and references. This includes bibliographies, links, references to specific artistic works, assignments and work sheets, illustrations of pupils’ works and documentation on lesson plans. The publication documenting the 2009 stipends featuring the artists Jeanne Faust, M+M, Jonathan Monk, Michael Sailstorfer and Eran Schaerf can be ordered free of charge from the “kiss” Project
Bureau, the offices of the BDK e.V. and the Siemens Stiftung. The previous publication on the 2008 stipends featuring Com & Com, Dellbrügge & de Moll, Bjørn Melhus, Peter Piller and Robin Rhode is also available from these sources.

The art education association BDK e.V. has been involved in the “kiss” project since 2008. The program was initiated by Beate Hentschel, Project Manager for Culture & Knowledge at the Siemens Stiftung. The three year project will now also be sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The BDK e.V. and the Siemens Stiftung will also be awarding stipends to students of art education for the development of innovative teaching projects in 2010. This year’s stipend recipients will be collaborating with the artists Christoph Girardet, Jakob Kolding, Gerald Nestler, Susan Philipsz and Katarina Zdjelar. In personal encounters with the artists the stipend recipients will elaborate teaching units that they will implement and document in summer 2010 as part of an educational internship at a school. Two didactical workshops accompany the stipends which are concluded by a publication.

From a large number of applications twelve people were selected to go before the six person jury in Munich. This jury then chose six students to work with the five artists.

Stipend Recipients
Angela Hiller (born 1985), university: Kassel Art Academy, artist: Christoph Girardet
Tabea Kießling (born 1984), university: University of Leipzig, artist: Jakob Kolding
Robert Hausmann (born 1986) and Matthias Laabs (born 1982), university: Dresden University of Technology, artist: Gerald Nestler
Christoph Medicus (born 1983), university: Academy of Fine Arts at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, artist: Susan Philipsz
Sara Johanna Dahme (born 1983), university: State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart, artist: Katarina Zdjelar

The Jury
Dr. Sara Burkhardt, Vice-President of the BDK e.V.
Substitute Professor in Art Education at the Dresden University of Technology
Dr. Beate Hentschel, Project Manager Culture & Knowledge, Siemens Stiftung
Gila Kolb, Research Assistant in Art and Media Education, Kassel Art Academy, former “kiss” stipend recipient
Prof. Dr. Torsten Meyer, Professor of Art and Art Education at the University of Cologne
Thomas D. Trummer, Project Manager for Fine Arts, Siemens Stiftung
Dr. Ernst Wagner, Consultant (Schools and Museums) on the board of the BDK e.V.
State Institute for School Quality and Educational Research Munich – Dept. High School/Art

Further Information and

The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation constituted under civil law, headquartered in Munich and endowed by Siemens AG with foundation capital of Euro 390m. The Foundation thereby continues the company’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment. The task of the Siemens Stiftung is to find answers to global social challenges, highlight opportunities and provide aid for self-help in emergencies. In line with the Foundation’s mission the focus of its activities are social commitment, education, technology as well as arts and culture. The Siemens Stiftung’s work is largely operational, i.e. it mainly initiates its own projects and implements these.