collage from "The Punishment. KIEZ AVANTGARDE KUNSTSCHULE, PART II", 2005 © Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau in collaboration with Mark Ther

Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau
*1980 in Prague /  *1972 in Porvoo
live in Europe

Kiez Avantgarde Kunstschule is a contemporary art project involving pre-teen children from Soldiner Kiez in Berlin, Germany. During a summer workshop, the artists Ondrej Brody, Ivars Gravleis, Kristofer Paetau and Avdey Ter-Oganian planned to introduce a group of children into the practice of contemporary art, thereby referring to the longtime project School of Contemporary Art initiated by Avdey Ter-Oganian with teenagers in Moscow in the 90s. Our project didn’t turn out as expected: We didn’t manage to find a steady group of children to work with, so we decided to go to the nearest playground in order to try to attract children to participate in this project. Moreover, we had continuous disagreements concerning the (pedagogical) content of our project, which at the end resulted in the fact that only two exercises, conceived by Kristofer Paetau (Airplane Dripping and The Punishment), were executed, since he was the only artist capable to communicate with the children in German…