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The dirtying of David: transgression, affect, and the potential space of art

Addison, Nicholas (2011) The dirtying of David: transgression, affect, and the potential space of art. Emotion, Space and Society, 4 (3). pp. 172-179. ISSN 1755-4586

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Addison, Nicholas

Transgression assumes the crossing of a boundary, a broken line which is either shored-up or redrawn in response; it thus marks an in-between state signalling danger, a pollution of the established order. Calling on the work of Bataille I investigate a two-fold instance of transgression by school students and their art and design teacher in which the sexualisation and violence perpetrated on the human figure through, respectively, drawing and sculpture signals one such breach. I examine the affective states that surround this transgression, in particular the self-censoring mechanism of shame. This is followed by an examination of the dichotomies that transgression may potentially provoke in pedagogic situations, and a consideration of the role of art in mediating the oppositional forces at play. With reference to psychoanalytical, object relations theory (Klein and Winnicott) I argue that the in-between spaces established by transgressive acts, destabilising and disorientating as they may be, should not be categorised as pathological but rather affective territories of potentiality necessary for creative education.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2010.09.004
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Transgression; Affect; Potential space; Drawing; Art education; Shame
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Elsevier
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: August 2011
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.emospa.2010.09.004
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 09:36
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 09:36
Item ID: 6000
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6000

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