dOCUMENTA (13)
Accessibility

Information regarding accessibility

dOCUMENTA (13) is largely accessible to people with disabilities. In all exhibition spaces wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge. Please note that a deposit pledge is required.

The following exhibition venues are not accessible for wheelchair users due to their geographical or architectural characteristics. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please also note that some paths in Karlsaue are uneven and may be inaccessible after heavy rain. Several houses in the Karlsaue have thresholds that wheelchair users may only pass with the help of others. The supervisory staff of dOCUMENTA (13) will be glad to assist you.

Blind or visually impaired visitors depending on a guide dog can be accompanied by them in all exhibition spaces.

Sanitary facilities

Sanitary facilities accessible by wheelchair users can be found in all bigger exhibition buildings or in the containers next to the exhibition buildings. The following list are locations where WCs can be found:

Parking

Parking spaces for visitors who possess handicapped ID can be found at the following locations:

Public transport

The bus line d (13) is free of charge for holders of a valid dOCUMENTA (13) admission ticket. The bus can be accessed through a wheelchair accessible ramp fitted to all buses. Please note that at the Auedamm only the stops at Orangerie, Clubhaus CSK 98 and Gärtnerplatzbrücke provide a suitable access to the Karlsaue for wheelchair users.

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dTOURS

The (mostly) two-hour long dTOURS of dOCUMENTA (13) are led by trained persons called “Worldly Companions”. These dTOURS depart from various exhibition venues and address a variety of subjects. For people with disabilities specifically tailored dTOURS are offered. On this page you will find information on the various dTOURS and related services for people with disabilities.

Tickets are available in advance at dOCUMENTA (13) meeting points, by phone, or through the online shop.

Visitor Services: Daily 9am – 6pm
+49 (0)561 70 72 770
visitors[at]documenta.de
shop.documenta.de

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1. dTOURS for visitors with impaired hearing

DOCUMENTA (13) offers a special audio-speech system so visitors with impaired hearing can participate with the regular dTOURS.

dTOURS for groups:

dTOURS for groups are available every day from 10:00 to 18:00. They are offered in German, English and many other languages. A minimum number of visitors with impaired hearing is not required.

Groups: max. 15 persons (companions/medical attendants are classified as participants)
Price: 160 Euro per group

dTOURS for individual visitors:

Individual visitors with impaired hearing can attend all regular dTOURS on the following dates:

11 Euro per individual visitors for dTOUR 1-5

To provide the necessary logistics, we kindly ask you to register at least one day in advance.

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2. dTOURS for blind visitors

For blind visitors specifically tailored dTOURS are offered. Specially trained Worldly Companions accompany the following dTOURS:

  1. Approaching Reality and Time
  2. Measuring Time, Mapping Space, Creating Sequences
  3. Interrupted Objects: What is Left of Things?
  4. Stations, Transformations and the Image
  5. When You Walk Inside You See That It Is Filled with Seeds

dTOURS for groups:

dTOURS for groups are available every day from 10:00 to 18:00. They are offered in German and English. A minimum number of blind visitors is not required.

Groups: max. 15 persons (companions/medical attendants are classified as participants)
Price: 160 Euro per group

dTOURS for individual visitors:

dTOURS for blind visitors are offered on the following dates:

11 Euro per individual visitors for dTOUR 1-5

If there is demand for these services dTOURS for individual visitors will be extended accordingly.

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3. dTOURS for deaf visitors

For deaf visitors specifically tailored dTOURS in German Sign Language are offered.

  1. Interrupted Objects: What is Left of Things?
  2. Measuring Time, Mapping Space, Creating Sequences

dTOURS for groups:

dTOURS for groups are available every day from 10:00 to 18:00. They are offered in German Sign Language. A minimum number of deaf visitors is not required.

Groups: max. 10 persons (companions/medical attendants are classified as participants)
Price: 110 Euro per group

dTOURS for individual visitors:

dTOURS for deaf visitors are offered on the following dates:

11 Euro per individual visitors for dTOUR 1-2

If there is demand for these services dTOURS for individual visitors will be extended accordingly.

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4. dTOURS in simple language

dTOURS in simple language are specifically tailored dTOURS for visitors with low language skills and are presented to facilitate an understanding of talks. Depending on the needs of the visiting groups, special tours are compiled and accompanied by trained Worldly Companions.

dTOURS for groups:

dTOURS for groups are available every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
GGroups: max. 15 persons (companions/medical attendants are classified as participants)

Price: 160 Euro per group

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dTOURS Overview

1. Approaching Reality and Time

Fridericianum & Friedrichsplatz
Anna Boghiguian , Kader Attia , Llyn Foulkes, Giorgio Morandi, Ryan Gander, Lawrence Weiner, Man Ray, Mark Lombardi, Goshka Macuga , Salvador Dalí, Anton Zeilinger, u.a.

This dTOUR deals with the ways in which concepts of reality are shaped historically through evolutions in science and philosophy. Visitors to this dTOUR engage with artworks that raise questions concerning the ways in which time and reality are structured today, and how these models produce specific worldviews that are actualized via technology. Although our knowledge of the elemental particles is increasing at a rapid pace in contemporary physics, for one example of many, this tour also asks, are such quests also an attempt to control the physical world? If so, what potential pitfalls may arise in mankind’s desire to frame nature toward its own goals?

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2. When You Walk Inside You See That It Is Filled with Seeds

Ottoneum & Karlsaue
Mark Dion, Christian Philip Müller, And And And, Amar Kanwar, Claire Pentecost, Janet Cardiff and Georges B. Miller, Pierre Huyghe, Rosemarie Trockel, Giuseppe Penone, Jimmie Durham, Song Dong u.a.

This dTOUR addresses the seed as a nucleus of life on this planet and as a site of economical and political struggle. Art as a form of human practice shares like concerns. The projects met on this dTOUR promote the parallel histories of seeds, soil, and food, and deals with the problems of genetic manipulation and economic monopolization.

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3. Measuring Time, Mapping Space, Creating Sequences

Orangerie & Karlsaue
Time Bank, David Link, Janet Cardiff and Georges B. Miller, Pierre Huyghe, Rosemarie Trockel, Andri Sala, Giuseppe Penone, Jimmie Durham, Omer Fast, Song Dong, Joan Jonas u.a.

Measuring devices such as clocks and telescopes on display in the Orangerie order reality according to a diachronic system and subsequently create sequences that can become a material for artists as elements of para-scientific play. This dTOUR looks at how the systems of notation and the act of cataloging frame particular modes of thinking so as to territorialize space, order time, and create forms of life. The experience of this dTOUR aims to establish a relationship with modernity, with the "machine" as we know it: an object, a concept and a social tool.

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4. Interrupted Objects: What Is Left of Things?

Neue Galerie & Documenta Halle
Geoffrey Farmer, Wael Shawky, Roman Ondák,Andrea Büttner, Maria Martins, Margret Preston, Emily Carr, Rosella Biscotti, Gustav Metzger, Yan Lei, Thomas Bayrle, Nalini Malani, Julie Merethu u.a.

Objects often encounter adventures and traumas in the form of destruction and displacement as well as replacement, transformation, and re-use. Artists can be the activators, spectators, accomplices, or the beneficiaries of such journeys of objects. This dTOUR focuses on the divide between forms of art that privilege materiality and the importance of physical presence on the one hand, and approaches that highlight concepts and ideas on the other.

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5. Stations, Transformations and the Image

Hauptbahnhof
William Kentridge, Janet Cardiff and Georges B. Miller, Haegue Yang, Seth Price, Lara Favaretto, Clemens von Wedemeyer, István Csákány, Michael Portnoy, Florian Hecker, Jessica Warboys u.a.

This dTOUR addresses a paradox nestled within infrastructure, in this case, Kassel´s Hauptbahnhof. Often development projects point to a promised planned future of easy trade and transport – but antiquation, pollution and other unintended or unseen consequences can lead to the abandonment of such areas. Both prosperity and decline are inevitably connected with systems of representation, such as mass media but also art. Likewise, the logic of infrastructure extends to human beings as a resource but also as an active presence of subjects and their desires.

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6. Sense and Nonsense: Into the Secrets of dOCUMENTA (13). An Insider dTOUR with Participating Artists, Agents and Staff through their Favorite Artworks

Join the makers of dOCUMENTA (13) and explore the exhibition through a direct encounter with participating artists, agents or staff. In addition to their singular insights, this dTOUR will be complemented by other observations on the exhibition. Thematic focuses can be for example the misunderstandings of value systems and hidden costs in cultural production, or an inquiry into the fact that the contemporary art world is today divided between an extreme focus on the market, on the one hand, and a discursivity involving critical theory or political activism as art on the other. Another aspect might be current considerations on non-anthropocentric forms of knowledge, love, politics and skepticism.

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7. MULTISPECIES dTOUR

When visiting an art exhibition, what is it that attracts you to one artwork rather than another? It could be a matter of scale, color, craft, or other elements because we think through the senses. Devised by artist Tue Greenfort (Agent for the Worldly House) in association with members of the Verein für Mensch und Hund e.V. (Human and Dog Association), this dTOUR explores artworks created mainly for non-human visitors. What paths can humans and non-humans negotiate together through the artworks in the Karlsaue park? The dTOUR features a series of walks with experimental dog trainers and others according to sensory perceptions that map space and time in unexpected ways. The aim is to challenge the focus on the human and propose a radical form of thinking together with other animals. Dogs allowed.

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8. Witness dTOUR

Every 5 years documenta occurs for 100 days, and then vanishes – or does it? What could be the traces of artworks’ past, or, for that matter, what memories of documenta still live in the minds of visitors and citizens of Kassel? dOCUMENTA (13) invites companions who have experienced one, or several documentas, to accompany visitors of the current edition and consider its artworks in relation to past exhibitions, local histories, and other antecedents.

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9. Endurance dTOUR

What are the effects of fatigue on perception? When your eyes tire, does your vision blur? What would it mean to not only think on your feet, but to think with them? Join this 10-hour non-stop-dTOUR to find out how the physicality of this extended trip modifies perception while also produces an experience all on/off its own.

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