ArtPod invites you to embark on a journey, visitors are lead into new worlds of thought, unconventional art spaces and unusual perspectives.
ArtPod is an internationally focused gUG-Gemeinnützige Unternehmergesellschaft (German nonprofit) organization that promotes accessible, direct and unconventional interaction between contemporary art and mixed-age audiences. By producing exhibitions, programming and consultancy with upcoming and established artists, ArtPod seeks to engage visitors, both children and adults alike, in a supportive, relaxed environment that fosters open-ended dialogue, imaginative exploration, and hands-on play. By reigniting the relationship between education and the art experience, ArtPod aims to support and develop the visitor’s creative voice.
Vision: Beyond Participation
The kids would read the sign “ArtPod” and ask their parents what it meant, and the parents responded that art means Kunst, but pod…they didn’t know. I explained that it’s like a budding flower, it’s something that exists in all of us. Like a bud, a Knospe. You have to foster it, take care of it, and eventually it might turn into a blooming thing. – Tanja Martin, Heilpraktikerin, Front Desk at ArtPod’s premiere exhibition Imaginary Travels
ArtPod’s ultimate vision is contained within its very name: to present contemporary art in a nurturing, accessible environment that plants a creative seed, or “pod,” for every visitor, regardless of age, experience or background. Based on the belief that art should be approachable for everyone rather than just for the few, ArtPod opens up the traditional, institutional art presentation by breaking down barriers between non-art and art audiences. Whether curating mobile exhibitions series, developing hands-on education programs or providing consultation for pre-existing art spaces, the organization aims to engage its audience beyond participation: to foster, in other words, the budding life of art after the museum doors close.
Overall, ArtPod strives to find a common platform where adults and children can interact with art; to establish a supportive atmosphere that encourages unrestricted, imaginative dialogue; and to rethink the typical formal art presentation, where visitors stand motionless in front of roped-off paintings or sculptures, unable to touch, play or physically respond.
Art Education DIRECT
With the potential to pop-up at museums, galleries, art happenings, conferences and other public spaces, ArtPod is innovative in its approach to contemporary art education. By emphasizing open exploration and de-emphasizing pedagogical approach, the organization encourages children to discover their strengths and talents, develop curiosity, explore new ideas and gain fresh perspectives on themselves and on the world.
ArtPod exhibits contemporary art that has not been modified or compromised in the name of reaching different audiences. Instead, it rethinks and reworks the context in which art is exhibited and made accessible. Thus, internationally recognized artists present their artworks to visitors both young and old, without guides, docents and other traditional forms of gallery mediation. By opening up the contemporary art experience through tangible, holistic and experimental engagement, ArtPod therefore seeks to break down accessibility barriers through the concept of Art Education DIRECT: encouraging hands-on, unregulated and direct interaction between the art, artist and viewer.
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What We Do
Concept Development and ProgrammingArtPod aims to promote unique, playful and direct engagement with contemporary art for all audiences, regardless of visitors’ age, background or experience. We also acknowledge that every art space, institution and community initiative is different, which is why we tailor our services accordingly. By working with existing corporations’ and art spaces’ teams and structures, we strive to activate core values through innovative arts programming and foster outreach with new audiences.
Education Participation and Beyond
Whether curating mobile exhibitions series, developing hands-on education programs or providing consultation for pre-existing art spaces, ArtPod aims to engage its audience beyond participation: to foster, in other words, the budding life of art after the museum doors close.