Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Art as unlearning: finding a place

UWS MEd Artist Teacher Programme

School of Education presents

Professor John Baldecchino (Falmouth University)

Art as unlearning: finding a place

Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Saturday 2nd February 2013

10.30 - 12.30

Somewhere to start with ...
As I have argued in my recent paper Willed Forgetfulness, to make a case for unlearning is to reject the assumption that somehow, unlearning will become a new model for education. Unlearning is neither a new pedagogy, nor a new way of doing art. There is nothing new in unlearning. Unlearning is implied in what we are by dint of what we do ... and vice-versa. The focus of unlearning is found in the paradox that seems to happen between being and doing which we always find much much later. So where does art come into this? Art is, amongst other, unlearning per se. It is such a space, such a place, such a moment ... such an afterthought that we realize much much later. Though as I say this ... I begin to doubt!
John Baldacchino is Associate Dean and Professor of Arts Pedagogy in the Graduate School, Falmouth University. He was full time faculty at Teachers College Columbia University, New York, Gray’s School of Art, Scotland, and Warwick University, England. He is the author of six books, including Education Beyond Education (Peter Lang, 2009); Makings of the Sea (Gorgias, 2010); and Art’s Way Out (Sense, 2012). Amongst other, he is currently completing two books, including John Dewey: Liberty and the pedagogy of disposition (Springer 2013)



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