Themes & Tensions

Theme 1: Pedagogies of the Arts

Teaching and learning through and about the arts

Living Tensions:

  • Ways of Seeing, Learning, And Knowing – Whose Perspective?
  • Research Framing – Self-Inquiry or Collectible Inquiry
  • Marking Boundaries – Student, Researcher and Teacher
  • Maker and Critic – Teaching and Learning Arts Practices
  • Crossing Disciplinary Borders – From Cultural Theory to Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology and Beyond
  • Passive Learners to Active Participants
  • Online Cultures, Social Networks and eLearning
  • Sense-Making – Connecting the Arts to Everyday Life

Theme 2: Arts Histories and Theories

Interrogating arts histories, theories, paradigms and frameworks for critical analysis

Living Tensions

  • Defining Aesthetics – From Inside or Outside
  • Inertia and Stasis – The Power of Continuity and Change
  • Art History – Purpose and Pedagogy
  • The Avant-Garde – The Creative, The Innovative, The New
  • Arts Objects – Aura and Artifact
  • Categorizing Genres – Naming and Classifying Art Forms
  • Mimesis – Perspectives on the ‘Real’ and ‘Representation’
  • Voice – Negotiating Authenticity and Authority

Theme 3: New Media, Technology, and the Arts

Making sense of emerging technologies, their practices, and agents

Living Tensions

  • Aesthetics of the Digital – Media and Mediation
  • Speculative Imaginaries – The ‘Virtual’ and the ‘Real’
  • Future Bodies – Techno-Organic, Hybrid and Synthetic Subjects
  • Creative Industries – From Information to Data Societies
  • Technological Mediums – Where is the Artist?
  • Artificial Intelligence – The Craft of Data
  • Tactical Media, Activism, and Hacktivism – (Re)Considering Agency

Theme 4: The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life

Addressing social, political, and community agendas in the arts

Living Tensions

  • Scales of Identity Making – Personal, Local, Regional, National, Global
  • Art of the Event – Exhibitions, Festivals, Biennales
  • Framing Boxes – Museums and galleries as Social Institutions
  • Abilities and Disabilities – Access, Inclusion, Participation
  • High and Low – Popular Culture and the Media
  • Business of Art – The Pressure of Art Markets
  • Whose Art? – Public Arts, Collective Memory, Cultural Heritage
  • Ethical Considerations – Human Rights, Social Justice, and the Arts
  • Inclusive Communities – Race, Identity, Gender