The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox is published following the exhibition 'Learning for Life' and the seminar 'School is a Factory' in 2012 and 2013 at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway.

'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 instrumentalisation 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.' - from publisher's website

Includes biographies of authors.
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Onsite

Location code REF.HAT5
Language

English

Keywords

sociologyart education

Publication/Creation date

2014

ISBN / ISSN

9783943365153

No of copies

2

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Introduction

- Tone HANSEN, Lars Bang LARSEN

School and Control Society
School is a Factory

- Allan SEKULA

Are You Profitable, Little Friend? How Performance Assessment Reprograms the Ethics of Schooling

- Magnus MARSDAL

Western Education

- Dave Hullfish BAILEY

ADHD: The Pathologisation and Medicalisation of Active/Restless Boys in Highly Individualised Late-Modern Societies?

- Carsten Rene JORGENSEN

Pedagogical Paradoxes
Psyche o' the Times: The Rhythm of Melancholia

- Marit PAASCHE

Nature/Exhibition

- Ane Hjort GUTTU

Freedom Means Doing Something for No Reason: On the Future of a Concept

- Carl HEGEMANN

Historical Alternatives
Light in Two Windows

- Nils CHRISTIE

The Modern School: Lessons in Anarcho-collectivism

- Adelita HUSNI BEY

The Majority Never Has Right on Its Side

- Emanuel ALMBORG

The Child in Art - Art and Children
History's Intimate Others: The Child and Its Play in Contemporary Art

- Lars Bang LARSEN

Film Archive

- Sharon LOCKHART

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Art and the Pedagogical Paradox
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