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Ph.d.-kandidatAnna Svingen-Austestad forsvarte sin doktoravhandling ”Questions… Concerning the Production of Subjectivity – On Aesthetic Practices in Art, Craft and Design Studies [Formgivingsfag]" for ph.d.-graden ved Arkitektur og designhøgskolen i Oslo mandag 15. mai 2017.
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How do aesthetic practices produce subjectivity? In her thesis, Anna Svingen-Austestad questions processes of subjectivation in relation to Art, Craft and Design studies (ACDS) in upper secondary school in Norway. The thesis proposes both new theoretical tools and empirical analyses that addresses the politics of subjectivity in relation to concrete art educational practices.
The material of the study has been assembled using ethnographic methods, such as participatory observation, interviews and object analysis, in combination with document analysis. The art didactical study explores four aesthetic practices set in ACDS, and highlights complex processes involved in the form giving of subjectivity in art educational situations.
Proposing to move art didactical focus in ACDS from the visual object and its formal and material properties onto the event of co-creation, Svingen-Austestad argues how haptic, poetic and experimental practices can enable movements and bifurcations in processes of subjectivation, simultaneously as the students can inhabit these paths themselves. Here an opening for something radically new can be created, both in terms of subjectivity and society.