The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox
Library Shelf Location 08.HANS
Publication Date 2014

Contributions by Emanuel Almborg, Nils Christie, Carl Hegemann, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Adelita Husni-Bey, Carsten Rene Jørgensen, Lars Bang Larsen, Sharon Lockhart, Magnus Marsdal, Marit Paasche, Allan Sekula

One of the few things we have in common in contemporary society is the future of our children. But it seems that even the “we” of childhood, of learning and free play, has turned into a common ground for instrumentalization and competition. Today, the pedagogical paradox—Kant’s meditation on the paradox that the subject’s predisposition for freedom must be learned—is increasingly lost in governmental obsession about the efficiency of education and schooling. From another perspective, artists are addressing questions of childhood, play, and pedagogy.

What ideological and moral transformations is the school system currently undergoing? What do the psychiatric diagnoses and treatments mean that are increasingly applied to children and youth? What happened to the reform pedagogy of the twentieth century? What is the status of childhood in the era of the consuming child and the playing adult? These are some of the questions addressed by The Phantom of Liberty, which sets out to reestablish a social and aesthetic dialogue between visual art and psychology, philosophy, pedagogy, and critical journalism.

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox is published following the exhibition “Learning for Life” curated by Tone Hansen and Ane Hjort Guttu, November 11, 2012–February 24, 2013, at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK).

ISBN 9783943365153
Quantity 1
Pages 294 pages, 13 x 19 cm, 81 b/w and 52 color ill
Editors Tone Hansen, Lars Bang Larsen
Authors Allan Sekula, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Marit Paasche, Carl Hegemann, Adelita Husni Bey, Lars Bang Larsen, Magnus Marsdal, Carsten Rene Jorgensen, Ane Hjort Guttu, Nils Christie, Emanuel Almborg, Sharon Lockhart
Format Softcover
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
Category Education/Learning
Keywords Education, Children, Childhood, Schools, National Curriculum, Teachers
Language English

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