Susan Jahoda, Caroline Woolard: Making and Being: Embodiment, Collaboration, and Circulation in the Visual Arts, a Workbook (2019)

7 February 2021, dusan

Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content.”

Publisher Pioneer Works Press, Brooklyn, NY, October 2019
Creative Commons BY-SA License
ISBN 9781945711077, 1945711078
688 pages

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Fábrica de Conocimiento / Factory of Knowledge (2016) [Spanish/English]

15 October 2020, dusan

“This book is published on the occasion of the 15th Regional Exhibition, center area, Garage School: Knowledge Factory, produced and curated by Laagencia, from June 30 to September 19, 2015.”

“La estructura editorial del libro se divide, sin ninguna jerarquía, en tres partes: Teorías varias, una selección de textos existentes relevantes —tanto en la concepción como realización de la curaduría— y otros inéditos, comisionados de manera abierta a agentes participantes. La sección Hágalo con otros, ejercicios que traducen los formatos de la Escuela para que puedan replicarse, hacerse con otros y transformarse. Las respuestas de todos los invitados a las preguntas ¿Qué quiere aprender? ¿Qué quiere enseñar?, a manera de presentación. Y por último un anexo en formato de carteles, un glosario como un ejercicio de especulación donde se resignifican una serie de términos que fueron nominando las jornadas de cada semana, que en su totalidad componen un diagrama de la Fábrica. Este es solo un documento parcial y subjetivo, una visión de las tantas posibles que se despliegan entendiendo el arte y la educación como territorio, desde la curaduría, la visibilización de la producción inmaterial y las prácticas instituyentes en Colombia a principios del siglo XXI.”

Publisher Laagencia, Bogotá, 2016
ISBN 978-958-46-7738-9
493 pages

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Frans Evers: The Academy of the Senses: Synesthetics in Science, Art, and Education (2012)

24 June 2020, dusan

Frans Evers’s The Academy of the Senses is a book wanting to be three books at once. A study of the scientific approaches to synesthesia, related to the psycho-physical research conducted by Evers during his studies at the university; an alternative art history of the twentieth century based on the double paradigm of Castel’s clavecin oculaire and Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk; and a full account of the genesis of the Interfaculty Image & Sound. To encompass this entire range of subject, Evers coined a new term, “synesthetics,” to denote the experience, creative force, and study of synesthesia.

Throughout his career, Evers profiled himself as an educational reformer. Together with electronic music pioneer Dick Raaijmakers, he started a series of projects and lectures exploring the interaction of music and fine arts, which culminated in the establishment of the first multimedia department in the Netherlands, the Interfaculty Image & Sound at the University of the Arts in The Hague, which Evers headed from 1989 until 2007. This book maps out the theoretical and artistic foundations of this educational reform project, as well as its synesthetic output: large multi-media performances such as a reworking of Anton Schoenberg’s Die Glückliche Hand, Mondrian’s Promenoir, and Scheuer im Haag.

The Academy of the Senses is a “source book,” a work of inspiration, rather than a rigid account of historical facts. It provides anyone with an interest in the wondrous realm of multimedia arts and synesthesia as a creative force, whether student or professional, an introduction into the foundations and extensions of seeing sound and hearing colors throughout the centuries.”

Compiled and edited by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
Publisher ArtScience Interfaculty Press, University of the Arts, The Hague, 2012
ISBN 9789461908193, 9461908199
298 pages
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Review: Matteo Marangoni (Neural, 2013).

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