The web platform documenta studies brings together a direct engagement with documenta’s history and present as well as reflections on wider relevant curatorial practices, formats, and institutions. While it accompanies the development of the documenta Institute in Kassel, it is not charged with representing it; rather, it aims to create a public space for critical documenta- and exhibition studies. The goal is to establish a transnational and transdisciplinary discourse in parallel with the physical construction of the documenta Institute as an institution.
In order to recognize the equal value of contributions made by various artistic, curatorial, educational, and academic forms of knowledge production to documenta- and exhibition research, documenta studies comprises the five sections Discourse, Texts, Art, Education and Projects. documenta gGmbH and documenta archiv are important cooperative partners.
documenta studies is an initiative of documenta professor Nora Sternfeld, developed in collaboration with her team: research associate Nanne Buurman, artistic researcher Ina Wudtke, and Carina Herring, coordinator of the documenta Institute. Together, they are responsible for the conception and editing of the documenta studies web platform.
Nora Sternfeld is an art educator and curator. Since January 2018 she is documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art and Design Kassel). From 2012 to 2018 she was professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University in Helsinki. Furthermore she is co-director of the /ecm – Master Program in Exhibition Theory and Practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna; part of the core team of schnittpunkt. ausstellungstheorie & praxis; a co-founder and part of trafo.K, Office for Art, Education and Critical Knowledge Production (Vienna); and since 2011, a member of freethought, a platform for research, education, and production (London). In this capacity she was also one of the artistic directors of the Bergen Assembly 2016. She publishes texts on contemporary art, exhibitions, politics of history, educational theory, and anti-racism.
Since January 2018, Nanne Buurman is research associate for documenta- and Exhibition Studies in the department of Art History and Theory at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art and Design Kassel). After completing her studies in Leipzig she was awarded a doctoral scholarship by the German Research Foundation to pursue her dissertation as a member of the International Research Training Group InterArt at the Freie Universität Berlin and as a visiting scholar at Goldsmiths College in London. She worked as a lecturer at the universities of Leipzig and Hildesheim and has been involved in numerous art mediation, exhibition, and publication projects. Buurman’s research and publications focus on curatorial practices, gender, work, and globalization in the contemporary art field. She co-edited documenta. Curating the History of the Present (2017) and Situating Global Art. Temporalities – Topologies – Trajectories (2018).
Ina Wudtke is a visual artist. Since 2018 she is an artistic researcher of the documenta professorship at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (School of Art and Design Kassel). Her research-based work questions hegemonic sociopolitical discourses and strengthens counter-discourses around themes such as work, gender, and housing. From 1992 to 2004 she published the queer-feminist artists’ magazine NEID. In 2011 she released the conceptual LP The Fine Art of Living under her pseudonym T-INA Darling, which dealt with the displacement of low-income populations from city centers. Together with the Belgian philosopher Dieter Lesage, she wrote the book Black Sound White Cube (Vienna, Löcker, 2010). In October her book The Fine Art of Living came out (Berlin, Archive Books, 2018).
Carina Herring is an art mediator and project manager. Since November 2017 she is coordinator for the development of the documenta Institute in Kassel. From 2004 to 2010 she was project leader for the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine. From 2012 to 2013 she was an academic associate at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Art and Art Theory. From 2013 to 2015 she contributed to the conception and editing of the online archive and four-volume publication accompanying the pilot project Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen (Cultural Agents for Creative Schools). Since 2017 she has been involved in the research project The Art Educator’s Walk, based at the HKB Bern, which draws upon the example of documenta 14’s “Chorus” to develop strategies for contemporary art education.