Art's Ped(ago)gies

John Baldacchino

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Organised around ten theses, this two-part essay sustains that art education’s viability comes from the autonomous specificity of art and the singularity of education. It rejects schooled art while it asserts art as a form of unlearning. As unlearning, art education is an agôn where pedagogy ties desire to knowledge. This reveals the fallacy of education as a system of coherent necessities. Art’s autonomy means that art emerges and approaches the world as a dialectical state of affairs, where art and education become moments of hegemony. Yet hegemony will only prevail if its contingent conditions are preserved within a universality of particulars. This is only attained when art and education are sustained as empty signifiers that reject the myths of measure and correspondence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat is Art Education? After Deleuze & Guattari
EditorsJan Jagodzinski
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages74
ISBN (Electronic)9781137481276
ISBN (Print)9781137481269
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameEducation, Psychoanalysis, and Social Transformation
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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