the current state of visual culture and visual education
Visual education is being challenged by an educational system where the arts languish. At the same time, researchers and practitioners in art education show an increasing interest in the concept of visual culture. The concept of visual culture represents roughly two intertwined currents: one current is the idea of visual culture as a field that comprises all types of visual phenomena. Another current is the idea of visual culture as a methodological approach where the concept of visual culture represents the idea of the social constructed glance. In this article, I discuss the apparent paradox of a threatened teaching subject which is downplayed in political decisions but has an expanding field of knowledge and methodology. This new field of knowledge and methodology which started out as a deconstruction of inadequate scientific structures within art history has now become an important contribution to visual education from a broader perspective. The discussion draws on examples from the Danish case of visual arts education.
Synnyt Origins: Finnish Studies in Art, 2011, Issue 1, p. 1-7
visual culture; pedagogy; education; web 2.0; visual education; art education