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Visual culture as a way of life

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The teacher and researcher journey presented in this article results from the convergence of two great desires. The first desire is related to action as a remedy against boredom. It is still the main motivation for my involvement in active, participatory, democratic teaching methods based on practical and concrete projects embedded in social life. This desire for action led me to oppose the school considered as a sanctuary and to rethink it as a place to share curiosity, knowledge, research and practices; to dare to act individually and collectively to improve the world. The second desire is about new technologies as medium and tool for action. It results from an irrepressible curiosity and willingness to communicate and create with pictures and share the iconic universes by learning how to master the new technologies. In a sense, learning by doing, acting and sharing visual media and technologies are my credos.

Keywords: active pedagogies; boredom; collective genius; meaningful action; new technologies; visual culture

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sorbonne University

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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  • The scope of the journal is broad and is aimed at facilitating a wide spectrum of perspectives. It is essentially a medium for engaging the rich and multifaceted process of learning and teaching art that takes place in the classroom, studio, and beyond. However, the seriousness of journal is not out weighed by making critical topics accessible and readable to a large constituency of readers. It is a forum to be reflective on the process of creating and teaching art, embrace teaching art in a variety of contexts, engage art appreciation experiences, share scholarship in teaching artistry, and celebrate the rich traditions of art making and teaching.
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