Art Teaching: Dialectics of Practice and Theory

Mabb, David and Malik, Suhail. 2017. Art Teaching: Dialectics of Practice and Theory. In: Peter Sonderen and Marijn de Langen, eds. Theory - Arts - Practices. Arnhem: ArtEZ Press, pp. 69-81. ISBN 978-94-91444-39-5 [Book Section]

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Our basic premise is that the art and its discourses should be self-validating by virtue of what they are and what they do, not by a reliance on the justifications of the artists’ personal wishes, which first of all are unavailable to anyone who does not know the artist, and secondly reduces the work to a private rather than a public concern. We presume that art is a public matter. But changes in contemporary art and its operating conditions may require us to rethink what theory is doing, and how; and whether its role in relation to developing art
practices may need to be revised. This will of course affect not just what is taught as theory in art schools, but also how it is taught.

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Book Abstract:
Theoretical concepts are important in contemporary art practice and art education. By presenting the seemingly simple question ‘Why, what and how theory?’ to a range of people who are involved in international art education at MA level in the realm of fine art and performing art, this book provides an array of current options, positions and practices in this area.
The texts in this book reveal the many different ways that theory is applied in the teaching of art. By giving various theoreticians, artists and teachers the opportunity to speak, the transdisciplinary character of theory becomes particularly visible.

Contributors to the volume include:
Lieven De Cauter, Sher Doruff, Jeroen Fabius, Konstantina Georgelou, Marijn de Langen, David Mabb, Suhail Malik, Rhys Martin, Louisa Minkin, Ken Neil, Emily Orley, Hans Ulrich Reck, Daniel Rubinstein, Alex Schady, P.A. Skantze, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Peter Sonderen, Riikka Stewen, Karel Vanhaesebrouck.


MFA. critical studies, studio practice, teaching, curriculum, critique, post-Marxism, Goldsmiths

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