Not in the Name Of: Time and Disappearances in Ethics of Art Education

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This chapter approaches the relationship between art, ethics, and education through a trope of disappearance. I explore how ethics of art education could be understood to disappear from – not simply confront – normative and metaphysical frameworks, and what do such disappearances mean in terms of temporality of ethics. I conduct a critical reading of the Greek term “aphesis” as it has been utilized by art educators jan jagodzinski and Dennis Atkinson to describe a releasement from representational logic and metaphysics of the individual. I claim that their utilization of aphesis functions like Pauline faith: it delineates the present as intermediate, stagnant time, and turns its profound contingency into a motor of historical progression of time. To offer an alternative approach to disappearance, I turn to Maurice Blanchot, whose nocturnal ethics and aesthetics of writing help to resist the future-leaning narratives of art education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt – Ethics – Education
EditorsCarl-Peter Buschkühle, Dennis Atkinson, Raphael Vella
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-43071-6
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-38980-9, 978-90-04-43070-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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