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Wiktoria Furrer, Carla Gabrí, ...: How to Teach Art?

Wiktoria Furrer, Carla Gabrí, Nastasia Louveau, Maria Ordóñez, Artur Zmijewski

How to Teach Art?

Softcover, 200 pages

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On Making Art as a Thinking Mode

How to teach art? What kind of knowledge should artists absorb? How might an ordinary person become a creature addicted to the creative process; a non-artist become an artist? Such programmatic questions articulated by the acclaimed Polish artist Artur Żmijewski were at the heart of the workshop “How to Teach Art?” Between April and July 2018, Żmijewski invited a group of graduate and PhD students from three Zurich universities—the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the UZH (University of Zurich), and the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts)—to collectively reflect on their artistic practices. Over the course of four months, the group met several times a week for hourlong sessions, following individual and collective exercises devised by Żmijewski himself.

This book retraces the workshop and its process by means of inconclusive, fragmentary results between theory and practice:. It presents drawings, videos, photographs, 16mm films, and accompanying reflections on the central premise, “How to Teach Art?”

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    Wiktoria Furrer, Carla Gabrí, ...

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    How to Teach Art?

    Artur Zmijewski

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    Exercises 1–6

  • 86–117

    Collective Thinking. Visual Discussions—with Objects / Paint / Blackboard

  • 119–171

    Exercises 7–11

  • 172–197

    Moments of Controversies, Crisis, and Creation. Looking Back on »How to Teach Art?«

    Wiktoria Furrer, Carla Gabrí, ...

  • 198–199

    Index of Images and Photographic Credits

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  • aesthetics
  • art
  • university
  • Think Art
  • contemporary art
  • education
  • artistic practice
  • pedagogy

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Wiktoria Furrer

is a research associate with Prof. Silvia Henke at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) as part of the Sinergia research project “Practices of Aesthetic Thinking.” She is a member of the doctoral program “Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices,” formerly led by Prof. Dieter Mersch, and is writing a dissertation on “Mikropädagogiken in der Kunst.”

Carla Gabrí

is a doctoral student at the Department of Film Studies at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, with a dissertation on textiles in the moving image 1970–2020. She is a member of the research project “Exhibiting Film: Challenges of Format,” led by Prof. Fabienne Liptay, and an associate of the doctoral program “Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices,” formerly led by Prof. Dieter Mersch. Her artistic practice oscillates between the media of film, painting, and object art, with series on prosopagnosia, obsolescence, and skin.

Nastasia Louveau

explores dialogic processes and the notion of critical learning in her combined artistic, research and teaching practices. A self-taught artist trained as a cultural researcher and educator, Nastasia deals with issues through a hands-on approach grounded in sharing, caring, and curiosity. She is working on a doctoral thesis on the “Couple as Method” within performance art at the Departments of Slavic Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Sylvia Sasse.

Maria Ordóñez

has developed her artistic practice focused on collectivity as a discipline of ethical engagement and shared knowledge, mostly in working with people affected by violence in Colombia, where she comes from. She is currently working on her doctoral project about alternative ecologies and creative forms of recomposition related to forced disappearance and the transitional context in Colombia (1950–2016), as part of the research team on “Contested Amnesia and Dissonant Narratives in the Global South: Post-conflict in Literature, Art, and Emergent Archives,” directed by Prof. Liliana Gomez, in the Department of Cultural Analysis at the University of Zurich.
Artur Zmijewski

Artur Zmijewski

is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. From 1990–1995 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the sculpture department guided by the Polish avant-garde artist Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski. Żmijewski is one of the most prominent radical figures on the Polish art scene.