The cat, cradle, and the silver spoon: Violence in Contemporary Art and the Question of Ethics for Art Education

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Abstract

Against the backdrop of objective and subjective violence, two contemporary artworks are interpreted through theories of the Other. Zhu Yu’s Eating People (2000) is considered through Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and, in particular, through an Ethics of the Real. Teemu Mäki’s My Way, a Work in Progress (1995) is analyzed through Levinasian theories of ethics and the Third. Argued is that both artworks, which address violence, may instigate an affective antagonism between jouissance and social prohibitions and raise ethical questions about subjectivity and goodness. These ethical questions have import to art education in terms of rethinking the field’s relationship with contemporary art, prompting a pedagogy of provocation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-435
JournalStudies in Art Education
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Contemporary Art, Violence, Lacan, Levinas

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