Aesthetics, Authenticity and the Spectacle of the Real: How Do We Educate the Visual World We Live in Today?

Adkins, Kirsten ORCID: 0000-0002-9907-6691 (2014) Aesthetics, Authenticity and the Spectacle of the Real: How Do We Educate the Visual World We Live in Today? International Journal of Art and Design Education, 33 (3). pp. 326-334. doi:10.1111/jade.12062

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In his analysis of the twentieth century, the philosopher Alain Badiou defined a ‘passion for the real’ in terms of spectacle, in its extreme violence, disseminated through art or cultural media, that would shake us out of a complacency we might call reality. But how do we teach Badiou's ‘real’ in the technological world we live in today? We now have continual access to the ‘spectacle’ of the real uploaded within moments of it happening. Photography, video and consumer journalism become a dominating force in our visual experience of the world. In the face of this, how might we consider our relationship with the image, its aesthetic and authenticity? What role does art education play in promoting a critical dialogue with representations of today's real?

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art; education; philosophy; Badiou; spectatorship
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Industries > Film and Television
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Kirsten Adkins
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 09:27
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 09:30

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