Assembly for Permacircular Museums

Exhibition-making, education, and care in times of ecological crisis

Wed, 21.04.2021 – Sat, 24.04.2021​​​​​​​


Barbara Zoé Kiolbassa, Jessica Menger, Daria Mille and Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro

Organization / Institution

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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Friday, April 23

2 pm–4 pm    

»Museum as shelter«

– moderated by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro (artist, ecologist, curator)

Inspired by the ongoing debate on the restitution of plundered objects held by Western museums, we can interrogate the role of cultural institutions in planetary repairing. The acceleration of global extinctions leads us to consider institutions’ conservation work with a new look. Could care and maintenance knowledge be expanded to more-than-human collectives? In times characterized by the disappearance of refuges, how might cultural spaces contribute to restoring, regenerating, and protecting life?


Amal Khalaf (director of programmes at Cubitt, London)

Klass Kuitenbrouwer (curator, researcher, Zoöp co-initiator at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam)

Sonia Lawson (director of Palais de Lomé)

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (curator, Head of Public Programme at Cité internationale des arts, co-founder of Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care, Paris)

Ela Spalding (artist~facilitator along art and ecology, Estudio Nuboso)

and an activation by Alecia Neo (artist, Singapore)

5 pm–7 pm

»Observatories for earthly education«

– moderated by Barbara Zoé Kiolbassa (art educator at ZKM | Center for Art and Media) and Alessandra Pomarico (curator, writer, educator, founder of Free Home University, editor at

Earthly politics require an earthly education, also articulated through reimagined cultural institutions. What does an eco-centered, terrestrial education approach look like in practice? From what and from whom should we learn? What must we unlearn? And how could art education support a reweaving of relations, for us to think with, for and through the more-than-human? Together with educators, artists, curators, and other learners, we will explore possibilities to aligne education with multispecies worlding, and consider how regenerative pedagogies could significantly change cultural institutions in their role and impact. Education, here, is understood politically, and as a fundamental practice of care.


Dr. Cara Courage (head of Tate Exchange)

Ph.D. Kū Kahakalau (indigenous educator, CEO EA Ecoversity, Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island (Occupied Territory))

Marion Louisgrand-Sylla (co-founder of Kër Thiossane, Dakar)    

Rosario Talevi and Sarah Bovelett (Floating University, Berlin)

and an activation by Alecia Neo (artist, Singapore)