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New Year, New Research Questions

Let’s hope these ones stick…

How can post-secondary art education better reflect and respond to living with/in a network culture?

What are some of the ways that multidisciplinary and networked artists make art and approach pedagogy, and what challenges does this pose for the artists and the education system in which they teach?

How can the teaching and learning of art embrace digital and networked practices while also avoiding technological determinism? And in doing so how might theories of being, which propose the notion of a network as that which enables and exposes social relations, inform an understanding of contemporary art pedagogy?

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Does language dictate our relationship with/in technology?

Perhaps by applying user terminology to our experiences with the internet we are setting ourselves up to be ‘used”? Does it also place more emphasis on physical vs. psychological acts of being? When we hear the word ‘use’ do we first think of the physical, concrete world over an imagined reality? Language can hold us back from meaningful understanding, thus meaningful creative responses to those understandings…How might our understanding of these experiences and ourselves change if we were to call ourselves ‘participants’ and ‘players’ acting on or within rather than ‘users’ or ‘subjects’ of the digital world…

Questions are more interesting than answers. I think this is the case for all artists who incorporate any kind of conceptual pursuit into their work. In a similar line of thought, the dialogue that emerges following a critique is often more interesting, and definitely more in-depth and revealing, than the critique itself.

Yesterday I skimmed over a book review on Rhizome for Digital Folklore Reader, a new book edited by Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied. The authors seem to explore ideas I am considering within my own work, however, I can’t decide  whether to fork over the money to have it shipped to me from the UK. I went back to the review today and saw that a new comment was posted by a fellow reader. The comment inspired me to actually read the full review. Through the questions posed by this commentator, I became much more engaged with the review itself because I was encouraged to develop my own thoughts about the content of this book. Read the book review and my commentary here >

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