Art, Critical Pedagogy and Capitalism

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This book offers a re-examination of art production through considering the process of learning as the production of art itself. Beginning with an account of what is seen as the politics of production of art through Jacques Ranciere the book also locates a theoretical understanding of hegemonic power through Chantel Mouffe’s concept of agonism alongside the development of the term ‘Commitment to Involvement’ when investigating Paulo Freire. Considering Gramsci’s notions of the organic intellectual the focus will think through how the making of adversaries is through a method embedded in critical pedagogy. The importance of bringing these areas of thought together - through an understanding of visual modernity – is to demonstrate the intersectionality of contemporary art practice and the attempts to re-visualise ways of understanding that can think through classical approaches to produce a new way of looking at the methods employed in arts production under neoliberalism
The central aim is to re-evaluate the relationships between process, arts production and pedagogy within accelerated developments of neoliberalism to uncover ways of forming the ‘us’ with ‘them’ rather than ‘us’ and ‘them’ that current consensus models of democracy have propagated. The investigation demonstrates the act of critical pedagogy as a method in art practice for seeing art practice as this social action. This is not a book on learning at a HE Institution, but an investigation of ways in which art practice is used to engage with critical pedagogy in relation to the commodity driven neoliberal agenda and a consideration of the relationships between learnt actions, societal actions and the commitment to involvement.
A radical rethinking of art making and an attempt to interrogate the paradox between the proliferation of the commodity of learning and the perceived crisis of arts education. The aim being to rethink the subversive power of owning the process of learning as our own production – the consideration of being adversary ready.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages140
Publication statusIn preparation - 15 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameVisual Modernities


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Stewart, P. A. (2020). Art, Critical Pedagogy and Capitalism. (Visual Modernities). Routledge.