Across fine art, dance, gallery education, film and philosophy, the book contends that certain kinds of Arts practice can be a critical pedagogy in which tactical engagements with community, space, place and materiality become means of not only disrupting dominant discourse but also of making new discourses come to matter. It demonstrates how embodied, located acts of making can materially disrupt cultural hegemony and suggest different ways the world might materialize. It argues that the practice of Arts making is a post human cultural pedagogy in which people become part of a broader assemblage of matter, and all aspects of this network are solidified in objects or processes that are themselves pedagogical. In doing so the book offers a fresh and theoretically engaged perspective on arts as pedagogy.
Tara Page is a Senior Lecturer, the Head of the internationally renowned MA Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices (MAAT) programme and the Curator of Social Practices for the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths College. Tara was the co-editor of The International Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE) for five years and served on The Publications Board for the National Society for Education through Art and Design for four years. Tara’s research interests include: new materialism, contemporary arts practices, critical and creative pedagogies; subjectivities and the phenomenological and ontological theories and practices of place and belonging; and embodied and practice-based methodologies.