Art – Ethics – Education


This book can be viewed as a series of investigations into the ongoing imbrications of the practices of art, ethics and education as conducted within each author’s specific context of practice as artist, educator, researcher. It constitutes an international anthology of explorations that are by no means exclusive but conscious of the ongoing iterations, mutations and individuations of relations between art, ethics and education, which, in turn, seek to expand how we might conceive these terms as practices. This ongoing evolution reminds us that as practices art, ethics and education are always incomplete processes affected by and affecting their specific milieus and environments.

Chapters within the book cover a wide range of ethical questions and educational contexts, broaching subjects as varied as higher education, artificial intelligence, animal ethics, transcultural encounters, collaborative art, the education of senior citizens and experiences of conflict. Art, ethics and education are not conceived in terms of established orders, representations, ideals, criteria or bodies of knowledge and practice, but rather in terms of dynamic, relational processes and their potentialities, that arise within specific locations, cartographies and ecologies of practice. The notions of art, ethics and education are viewed in terms of assemblages that have the capacity to generate new modes of practice that may question established values and advance new overlappings of aesthetic, ethical and political relations.

Contributors are: Dennis Atkinson, Hashim Al Azzam, John Baldacchino, Bazon Brock, Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Sahin Celikten, Ana Dimke, Brian Grassom, Leena Hannula, Brian Hughes, jan jagodzinski, Timo Jokela, Mira Kallio-Tavin, Joachim Kettel, Guillermo Marini, Catarina Martins, Joe Sacco, Francisco Schwember, Juuso Tervo, Raphael Vella and Branka Vujanovic.

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Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Ph.D. (1996), is professor for art education at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen (Germany). His research focus is on theory and practice of an artistic art education and on philosophy of art. His intermedia-artworks are shown in international exhibitions.

Dennis Atkinson, Ph.D. (1988), is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths University London. Research interests include ethics, aesthetics and politics of pedagogical practice with specific focus upon art in education and its subjectivations. He has published widely in international journals and is the author of several monographs.

Raphael Vella, Ph.D. (2006), University of the Arts London, is Professor of Art Education at the University of Malta. His research focuses on overlaps between contemporary artistic, curatorial and educational practices. He is also a practising artist and curator of contemporary art.
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Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction: Creative Ethics in Art and Education
Carl-Peter Buschkühle

PART 1: Neoliberalism, Education and Creativity

Introduction to Part 1: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
2 The Fabrication of the Chameleonic Citizen of the Future through the Rhetoric of Creativity: Governmentality, Competition and Human Capital
Catarina S. Martins
3 Ethics in Higher Art Education
Mira Kallio-Tavin

PART 2: Moral Inquiry and Political Correctness

Introduction to Part 2: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
4 Art for Democracy in Crisis
Brian Hughes
5 Ethics in Aesthetics? How Much Ethics Can Art Tolerate?
Joachim Kettel

PART 3: Non-sense, Disobedience and Alterity

Introduction to Part 3: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
6 A ‘MOST AMIABLE UNION’: The Ethics of Art’s Practice as a Pedagogical Aesthetics
John Baldacchino
7 Meditation on a Glow Stick: Slow Pedagogy and Ontogenetic Ethics
Dennis Atkinson
8 The Illumined Mind: Education, Ethics and Art
Brian James Grassom

PART 4: Abstention and Disappearance

Introduction to Part 4: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
9 On the Aesthetics of Abstention
Bazon Brock
10 Not in the Name of: Time and Disappearances in Ethics of Art Education
Juuso Tervo

PART 5: Documenting a Politics of Hatred

Introduction to Part 5: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
11 Photography as Cultural Symptomatology within a Post-Yugoslav Condition: The Case of Sarajevo
Branka Vujanović
12 The Work Speaks for Itself: An Interview with Joe Sacco
Raphael Vella

PART 6: Arts-Based Research, Community and the Environment

Introduction to Part 6: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
13 Ethics of Arctic Sustainable Art: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Dialogue
Timo Jokela
14 Lifelong Learning in a Non-Formal Cultural Environment
Leena Hannula
15 Art-Based Research in Vulnerable Educational Contexts: Lessons from Two Elementary Schools in Santiago de Chile
Francisco Schwember and Guillermo Marini

PART 7: Contested Geographies

Introduction to Part 7: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
16 An Ethics of the Archipelago: Collaborative Translations in Art Education
Raphael Vella
17 Sculpture as Transcultural Education
Hashim Al-Azzam
18 The Aesthetics of Migration
Sahin Celikten

PART 8: Animal Ethics, the Anthropocene and Transhumanism

Introduction to Part 8: Carl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson and Raphael Vella
19 Art Pedagogy and Animal Ethics
Ana Dimke
20 Death after Life: The Ethico-Political Response of Artists towards the Anthropocene
jan jagodzinski
21 Dürer as Machine: Transhumanism and Artistic Thinking
Carl-Peter Buschkühle

PART 9: Conclusions

22 How to Explore Something Nobody Will Notice
Raphael Vella
23 Art, Ethics and Education: Speculative Futures
Dennis Atkinson
All interested in the evolving relations between art, ethics, politics, aesthetics and education, in exploring and developing theoretical and philosophical practices in relation to art and art in education.
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