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What's Next in Art Education?

Kolb, Gila; Meyer, Torsten; Schütze, Konstanze (2015). What's Next in Art Education? In: Matheus- Berr, Ruth; Götsch, Michaela (eds.) Perspectives on Art Education: Conversations across cultures. Edition Angewandte (pp. 89-93). Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter

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The Next Art will be the art of the Next Society. Sociologist and cultural theorist Dirk Baecker coined the term Next Society (Baecker 2007) in order to describe a society based on the computer and built his argument on the assumption that nothing influences societal
structures and cultural forms as significantly as the respective dominating media technology of their time. In the long run, the introduction of the computer will affect society as dramatically as the introduction of language, writing and the printing press. Art and Art Education will not be unaffected. Drawing upon Baecker’s ideas – and hence in asking for adequate reactions in the field – the invention of a Next Art Education attempts to transfer common approaches in art education to future cultural contexts. To address this ‘terrain vague’, we suggest a serious shift of focus in favour of “the now” and constant consideration of the potentials of the future. The article presents nine fundamental propositions for a NEXT understanding of Art Education and discusses these and the consequences in more detail focusing on two particular aspects: ‘risk’ as a potential of the possible, and ‘shifts’, instead of turns, in knowledge production.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)

PHBern Contributor:

Kolb, Gila


Edition Angewandte


De Gruyter




Jessica Brunner

Date Deposited:

07 Nov 2022 14:41

Last Modified:

15 Nov 2022 09:44

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Next Art Education, Shift, Risk




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