Contact Zones explores the relationship between performing arts and pedagogy from a perspective that takes body, experimentation and research as common elements between art and education. The project is based in the creation of mixed learning and experimental communities who inhabit on the "in-between-places" of art and education. In order to share times, tools, questions, Contact Zones opens spaces of conversation where exchange experiencies, protocols and ways of doing.

The Contact Zones Programme proposes a working methodology based on mutual collaboration and the exchange of positions between artists, teachers and students. With this approach we promote spaces of circulation between local practices and knowledge, we facilitate the transversality of knowledge, and we shift the power relationship between the one who teaches and the one who learns -in the educational scene-, or the one who makes and the one who observes -in the artistic scene-.

In accordance with this game of transfers and displacements between scenarios, practices, roles and knowledge, we would like to promote dynamics in which we think art from pedagogy, and pedagogy from art. Our aim is to develop spaces of confluence to experiment with the practices and narratives of art and education.

Contact Zones is a mediation programme developed for Graner: Center of Creation and live arts focused on promoting horizontal dialogues between art and pedagogy. The programme involved three kindergartens, a family space, five primary schools, two high schools and several artists in a process of reflection-action on the "in-between-places" of art and education.
Graner Centre de Creació de Dansa i Arts Vives 
Barcelona, 2019-21.

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