Exercises

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Connected Worlds

Relations between Islamicate countries and (other) European countries are centuries old. In the module  ‘Connected Worlds’ you engage yourselves with that relation.

Aufgabe: Would your life be simpler with only one identity?
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We look at an object in search of the origins for the design of its form. The various influences which it combines provide a stimulus to think about our own identity and its various layers.

The exercise consists of 4 parts.

In total 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Individual Work
Working in Small Groups Discussion

Identity
Interculture
Membership

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Picture credits

© Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: Can an object connect people?

This is about objects that are similarly valuable to different people, even though they live in distant places and have different lifestyles or traditions. Objects like that can be found at the Museum of Islamic Art. They were popular in the entire Mediterranean area over a long time period.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 90 minutes

Four persons or more

Partner interview

Object review

Writing object text

Intercultural

Participation

Tradition/innovation

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Picture credits

Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: Can you describe freedom?

Freedom is a value that is very important for all people. This is about a bowl from the 9th or 10th century and it is unknown who made or commissioned it. But freedom was important to this person too, since that is what the inscription on the bowl is.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 70 minutes

Three persons or more

Sentence construction collage

Object review

Brainstorming

Freedom

Values

Everyday relevance

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Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer

Religious Diversity

 

There are many denominations, distinctions and traditions in Islam. In the module ‘Religious Diversity’ you go in for that diversity of Islamicate countries.

Aufgabe: How can you express your appreciation?

How do we deal with things which are important to us: are our own preferences the deciding factor or do we abide by rules? Personal and historical examples for dealing with the Quran will be discussed and opportunity provided for expressing one’s own form.

The exercise consists of four parts.
In total 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Individual Reflection
Group Discussion
Creating One’s own View of Viewing an Object

Diversity
Values
Identity

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Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: What’s Islamic architecture to you?
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Is there such a thing as Islamic architecture? If so, then what are its typical characteristics? By contemplating and comparing different construction forms the cultural influences of diverse traditions can be recognised on mosques.

The exercise consists of four parts.
In total 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Drawing
Contemplating Architecture
Collage

Diversity
Self-Awareness
Tradition/Innovation

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Picture credits

Picture 1 (Große Moschee von Damaskus): © Rolf Bach
Picture 2 (Große Moschee von Cordoba): © Toni Castillo (tonicastillo.com) – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Picture 3 (al-Azhar): © Waleed Hider
Picture 4 (Große Moschee von Isfahan): © Khosrow Bozorgi, 1999, courtesy of Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT
Picture 5 (Große Moschee von Djénné): © Gilles Mairet – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Picture 6 (Große Moschee von Xi’an): © Ovedc – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Picture 7 (Agung-Moschee in Demak): © Monda Siregar . www.mondasiregar.wordpress.com
Picture 8 (Süleymaniye): © Johann H. Addicks / addicks@gmx.net – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Picture 9 (Große Moschee von Fatehpur Sikri): © Dieso Delso – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Picture 10 (Sancaklar-Moschee): © Gürkan Akay

 

Aufgabe: One faith, many denominations. Is that always perceptible?
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A prayer niche (Arabic: mihrab) can be found in every mosque around the world as it shows believers the direction of prayer, namely the direction of Mecca. Prayer niches (Arabic pl.: maharib) are as diverse as the cultures and religious communities in Islam. All have a common basic form. The unity in the diversity of Muslims is exemplified by two prayer niches in presentday Turkey and in present-day Iran.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 110 minutes

Three persons or more

Shape Analysis
Drawing, Cutting and Placing Ornaments
Calligraphic Writing

Diversity
Self-Confidence
Interculture

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Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: How do you deal with images?
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Images fulfil many functions and are an indispensible part of daily life. Nonetheless, there are restrictions on depicting living beings in Christianity, Judaism or Islam. In a historical overview, it’s clear that positions were held for and against figurative art at any time.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 120 minutes

Three persons or more

Individual reflection

Small group work

Role discussion

Diversity

Tolerance

Interculture

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Museeon GbR
Abbildung 2: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Nico Becker
Pictures 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Pictures 5, 7, 11, 14: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Christian Krug
Picture 6: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Hans-Dietrich Beyer
Pictures 8, 16, 20: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser
Picture 9: © bpk / Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône / adoc-photos
Picture 21: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Fotograf/in: Anna Beselin
Picture 22: © bpk

Aufgabe: How do you remember meanings?
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How can an object or a part of the body be an image for something else? Together we think about the meaning and the use of symbols.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Recollection
Active Reflection

Diversity
Tolerance
Symbols

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Picture credits

© Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Andreas Paasch

Present

Muslim are producing art today too. In the module ‘Present’ you are dealing with contemporary art in Islamicate countries (or influenced by it).

Aufgabe: How can you put your world into words?
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Our perception of the world is shaped by personal experiences and there are many ways to express feelings and to communicate these to others. We look for our own words, introduce them into the spoken language and use the comparative analysis of a text with a special linguistic form.

The exercise consists of 3 parts.
In total 60 minutes

Three persons or more

Word Association
Creative Writing
Text Analysis

Equality of Opportunities Freedom
Identity

Aufgabe: What can a picture show you?
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Photos are not just photos. They usually show more than what is shown and are rarely neutral in their statement.

Photos can be snapshots, documents or even art. Their impact and messages can be described and named.

You can read photos!

This Exercise takes place on 2 dates!

Appointment 1 consists of 3 parts in total 70 minutes

Appointment 2 consists of 1 part in total 60 minutes

Three persons or more

Dialogical Picture Viewing
Image Analysis
Taking Photos

Self-Confidence
Identity
Participation

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Borderland, From the Desert of Pharan series, 2011-2016

Image courtesy of the artist, ATHR and GALLERIA CONTINUA,
San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. © Ahmed Mater
Picture 2: © Abd. Halim Hadi / Shutterstock.com

Pictures 3, 4, 16, 17, 18: © G. Avenarius

Picture 5: © ollirg / Shutterstock.com

Picture 6:© Hi-Vector / Shutterstock.com

Pictures 7, 8: © exopixel / Shutterstock.com

Picture 9: © Targa56 / Shutterstock.com
Pictures 10, 11: © patronesta / Shutterstock.com
Picture 12: © Masson / Shuttertsock.com
Picture 13: © Boumen Japet / Shuttertsock.com
Picture 14: © Photonell_DD2017 / Shutterstock.com
Picture 15: © Tracy Burroughs Brown / Shutterstock.com

Aufgabe: How do you create something new from the old?
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Writing and its artistic design has a long tradition in Islamic cultures. Calligraffiti builds on this, but simultaneously, breaks the rules of calligraphy. In playful activities you can trace this development together and create your own typefaces.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Picture Viewing with Discussion

Drawing

Taking Pictures

Tradition/Innovation

International Culture

Identity

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Philipp Zobel
Picture 2: © Parastou Forouhar / Galerie Karin Sachs
Picture 3: © Philipp Zobel

Aufgabe: Do you think you are what you wear?
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People interpret everything around them to understand the world. This rarely happens intentionally. Clothes in particular can indicate e.g. jobs or world views. But these indications are imprecise. That’s why people should never be pigeonholed on the basis of external characteristics.

The exercise consists of
three parts

Total of 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Individual reflection

Group discussion

Designing a collage

Identity

Inclusivity

Values

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Picture credits

Pictures 1-4: © Mr. Erbil
Picture 5: © Malcom Evans / www.evanscartoons.com
Pictures 6-8: Ümit Demir

Aufgabe: What role does music play in your life?
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Music and its diverse varieties are almost as old as the

history of mankind. Music makes an impact and it is possible to describe this impact. We share our ideas and get to know instrument groups, historical representations, as well as contemporary settings.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Rhythmic Movement around the Room
Image Viewing
Music Analysis

Diversity
Tolerance
Tradition/Innovation

Shared Heritage

TAMAM is a Museum’s Project. In the module ‘Shared Heritage’ you engage yourselves with chances and risks of Museums.

Aufgabe: What do you want to exhibit?
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This is about exhibitions.

Exhibitions are important for museums to share knowledge. They place objects into a conceptual correlation.

Now you are the curators of the exhibition – select objects and assign a certain meaning to them through their arrangement in the room, as well as with texts, graphics.

The exercise consists of three parts.

Total of 120 minutes

Two persons or more

Object dialogue

Brainstorming

Conceptual work

Museum

Everyday relevance

Identity

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Picture credits

Pictures 1, 3, 4: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Pictures 2, 5, 6: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser

 

 

Aufgabe: What do you preserve?
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This is about preservation.

Old artworks are particularly susceptible to temperature changes, air pollution, too much light or theft. Protecting them from these and other influences is called conservation.

If an object has been damaged, it can only be restored.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 80 minutes

Three persons or more

Brainstorming

Philosophical discussion

Develop a preservation concept

Museum

Values

Self-confidence

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser
Picture 2: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: What do you want to communicate?
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This is about communication.

Catalogues, wall texts or TAMAM – museums try to make information about their collections accessible to everyone. New knowledge preferably links to something already known.

You should critically question your own position on a regular basis and allow room for other perspectives.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 80 minutes

Three persons or more

Spatial allocation

Brainstorming

Object consideration

Museum

Coexistence

Identity

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Picture credits

Pictures 1-3, 5, 7-8, 10: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Picture 4: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser
Pictures 6, 9, 12: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Christian Krug
Picture 11: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Philipp Zobel

 

Aufgabe: Can you research an object?
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This is about research.

Research gives a museum knowledge, which it then makes publicly accessible.

By means of an exact description in an archive (inventory) and proof of its origin (provenance), the object can be classified into known contexts.

 

 

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 90 minutes

Three persons or more

Placemat

Viewing of sources

Group presentation

Museum

Intercultural

Participation

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Foto: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Pergamonmuseum, Fotograf/in: Bernd Weingart
Picture 2: © Foto: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Picture 3: L´Illustration, 22. Oktober 1898
Picture 4: © BLDAM, Bildarchiv, 106-c-Karton-B4_2212_4
Picture 5: © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Zentralarchiv, I/IM 6, Bl. 30. Zeichnung: Gottfried Schumacher
Picture 6: © Zentralarchiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Picture 7: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Picture 8: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Fotoarchiv, Platten-Nr. 4170. Fotograf/in: H. Burchardt
Pictures 9, 10: © Foto: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Picture 11: © Foto: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Picture 12: © Foto: Münzkabinet, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Reinhard Saczewski
Picture 13: © Foto: Antikensammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Fotograf/in: Johannes Laurentius

Equal Rights

There are different gender roles and they are constantly changing. In the module ‘Equal Rights’ you go in for these gender roles and with the question if they have equal rights.

Aufgabe: What role(s) do you have?
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The understanding of gender roles is shaped by social and personal expectations.

They are determined by many factors and structure social coexistence.

This is about the question of how roles are defined today and about ideas of roles in history.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Approx. 110 minutes total

Five persons or more

Group discussion

Image review

Role-playing game

Diversity

Empowerment

Tolerance

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Fotograf/in: Christian Krug
Pictures 2, 3: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

 

Aufgabe: Whom do you remember?
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History was usually written by the people in power.  They commissioned desirable objects that ended up being preserved. With these objects as well, powerful people shape the image of the past.

This is about making the actions of nearly forgotten people visible again.

The exercise consists of three parts.

Total of 60 minutes

Four persons or more

Group discussion

Creative writing

Image review

Equal opportunities

Coexistence

Participation

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Picture credit

Picture 1: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer

Aufgabe: “Female” or “male” – how does this influence your life?
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Everyone has ideas about what is male or female. This is about taking a closer look at these ideas.

Historical objects show that there are counterexamples for every idea. Ultimately, there remains the question of where these ideas help in life and where they limit the opportunities of individuals.

The exercise consists of four parts.

Total of 95 minutes

Four persons or more

Object review

Group discussion

Creative writing

Equal opportunity

Everyday relevance

Empowerment

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Pictures 1, 3, 4, 5: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Pictures 2, 6: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser

Aufgabe: What is in your power?
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To guarantee equal opportunity, a society must acknowledge the different starting positions of individual groups. At the same time, discrimination obscures the view of inequalities. This is about identifying multiple discriminations and thus sharpening the eye for possible courses of action.

The exercise consists of three parts.

Total of 60 minutes

Four persons or more

Image review

Group discussion

Creative writing

Equal opportunity

Everyday relevance

Identity

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Picture credits

Picture 1: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
Fotograf/in: Christian Krug
Pictures 2, 4: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
Fotograf/in: Johannes Kramer
Picture 3: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin,
Fotograf/in: Georg Niedermeiser
Picture 5: © Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin