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Artistic education and exceptionality

Hernández Velázquez, Yaiza María (2013) Artistic education and exceptionality. In: The Education of the Artist: Research and Academic Capitalism, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Hernández Velázquez, Yaiza María

In recent years, the education of the artist has become one of the most intractable problems being debated in the art world. Despite the seemingly permanent tension that has existed between educational institutions and the art scene throughout modern times, never before has it been so difficult to reach a consensus in the academic sphere about which theoretical and technical concepts an artist in training must develop. The difference lies in that nowadays it is no longer simply a matter of discussing educational programs; rather, the polemic exists at the heart of a situation whose traditionally unvarying elements are now in a situation of crisis and transformation. This is the case of the university as an institution, the state of academic disciplines, and artistic practice itself.

In this context, the current controversy regarding research and doctoral programs in the field of fine arts derives from a curricular problem that, in reality, has been affecting art studies since they were first incorporated into university curricula. It is significant that this situation, which has been latent for years, is now being presented as a new and urgent debate, just when RD+innovation has become the goal and the model of universal knowledge. Now, under the Bologna Plan, all academic areas or disciplines, including art, must engage in research guided by concepts of a certain technocratic semblance, as open to ideological interpretation, as the concepts of innovation and development.

Addressed as a cultural symptom, the dilemma of the artist as researcher finds itself at a crossroads: initially, it appears to be an academic and curricular issue, but due to its implications and repercussions, it calls for a re-examination of ideological and epistemological questions regarding the distinctive nature of art in today's world. Preliminary work in this area suggests that the complicated task of integrating art education into the new paradigm of R&D+innovation offers a critical perspective, an excellent vantage point for studying the contradictions not only within the emergent production of academic knowledge, but also within new artistic production.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
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Date: 11 November 2013
Related Websites: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en/activities/education-artist-research-and-academic-capitalism
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Event Location: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 09:51
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 09:51
Item ID: 10163
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163

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