Academy: The Production of Subjectivity

O'Sullivan, Simon D.. 2008. Academy: The Production of Subjectivity. In: Irit Rogoff, ed. Academy. Frankfurt: Revolver, pp. 238-244. [Book Section]

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(reprinted as part of ‘Summit: Non-aligned Initiatives in Education and Culture’, May 2007, Berlin, and in MONOdispersed, no. 1, June 2001, Porto: University School of Fine Arts, also translated into Danish and reprinted in Exit (catalogue), Det Kgl. Danske Kunstakademis Billedkunstskoler, 2007)

In a world variously called postmodern, late capitalist, or simply Empire, a world in which power has been decentred, virtual centres of power exist everywhere. We might say that these virtual centres of power are our own subjectivities, and thus that the battle ground against this power is in some sense ourselves. Hence the importance in understanding politics - and political art practice - as not just being about institutional and ideological critique, but as involving the active production of our own subjectivity. Hence also the importance of creative pedagogy; teaching practices that involve student participation, workshops, ‘laboratories’, and other teaching models that do not mimic the top down structures in existence elsewhere. Such pedagogical practices can contribute to the active and practical involvement of individuals in determining their own intellectual and creative projects, and indeed their wider lives.

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