February 22, 2014

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century& call for applications

Piet Zwart Institute

Adelita Husni-Bey, Postcards from the Desert Island, 2010–11. SC video transferred to DVD, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Laveronica.

We cordially invite you for the public lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century. What is a school? How does it influence and construct politics and social relations in our present-day society? Society seems to be ready for implementing change in schools. On the one hand this is based on the premise that we have to rethink education in relation to the future and challenges of the 21st century. On the other hand there is a critical evaluation of conventional institutions and formats, fuelled by a clear interest from artists and theoreticians alike in alternative educational models. What if we break down the concept of school to its bare essence? What is a school? This question is the starting point for the lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century, which deals with the phenomenon ‘school’ on a philosophical, theoretical and fictional level.

In the second keynote lecture Dennis Atkinson (Professor Emeritus Goldsmiths University of London Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for the Arts and Learning) will explore processes of learning through the themes of event, truth, pedagogies against the state and becoming. He will focus on art in education at a time when it is under threat. Arguing for the importance of art in education in terms of the force of art, by taking the line that the transformational and ‘vital’ force of art is deeply significant for processes of learning and pedagogic action. Here the emphasis is not upon the art object in its more traditional or contemporary guises, but upon art’s process of becoming or its event: an event that will be considered in terms of a poetic materiality. A space whose force, put in the words of Deleuze, is to restore a belief in this world when today for many the distance between involvement in the world and a belief in it is increasing.

“Events of Learning and the Poietic Materialism of Art” with Dennis Atkinson
Friday, February 28
Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

“Art in Defense of Democracy. An Introduction to the New World Summit and New World Academy” with Jonas Staal
Friday, March 28
Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century is developed by the Master of Education in Arts as part of the seminar Critical Pedagogy. For more information about the complete lecture series please visit

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