Art’s Ped(ago)gies

  • John Baldacchino
Part of the Education, Psychoanalysis, and Social Transformation book series (PEST)


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.


Meeting Place Dialectical Structure Colour Concept Empty Signifier Dialectical Logic 
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  • John Baldacchino
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  1. 1.Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin-MadisonWisconsin-MadisonUSA

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