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Media art remix: a tool for social action

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This article refers a university course that integrates environmental arts with education and suggests that it serves as a model for educators at all levels using art-making as a tool for social action. Specifically, it describes a media art remix project in which artwork is inspired by an image that an individual responds to strongly, then revises and reflects on the transformation. The project could help any teacher incorporate art into the study of social issues aimed at raising levels of awareness, helping students to think critically, and encouraging responsible action. It utilizes digital tools and educational technology in order to attract broad audiences and extend the social action component. This article describes the steps involved in carrying out the project and suggests methods of raising public awareness and consciousness, such as posting artworks on class blogs and creating art exhibitions for the general public.

Keywords: contemporary art; environmental art; environmental education; media art remix; public art; social action

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.
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