An Avant-Garde ‘Without Authority’: The Post-Human Cosmic Artisan in the Anthropocene

jan jagodzinski

conference: DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials
date: November 20, 2017
venue: Orpheus Institute, Concert Hall
format: keynote

abstract about the author(s)


This  presentation  develops  and  updates  the  concept  of  the  artisan  as  introduced  in Thousand Plateaus within the problematic of the Anthropocene that grips us all. The concept, “an avant-garde without authority,” is developed in relation to the coalescence of art, science, and technology that explores the “quantum” materiality of the inhuman (the AI of technology) and the nonhuman (the inorganic) in relation to the “future” of our species. Can the “dark” save us?

about the author(s)

jan jagodzinski

jan jagodzinski is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he teaches visual art and media education and curricular issues as they relate to postmodern concerns of gender politics, cultural studies, and media (film and television). He is a founding member of the Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education (NAEA), past editor of the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTE), past president of SIG Media, Culture and Curriculum, Editorial Board Member for Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (PCS) Advisory Board for Journal of Lacanian Studies (JLS), Review Board for Studies in Art Education (SAE), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCRAE), Visual Culture & Gender; and Co-series editor with Mark Bracher of the book series Pedagogy, Psychoanalysis, Transformation (Palgrave Press). He is the author of The Anamorphic I/i (Duval House Publishing Inc, 1996); Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art & Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); Pun(k) Deconstruction: Experifigural Writings in Art & Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); Editor of Pedagogical Desire: Transference, Seduction and the Question of Ethics (Bergin & Garvey, 2002); Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media (Palgrave, 2004); Musical Fantasies: A Lacanian Approach (Palgrave, 2005); Television and Youth: Televised Paranoia (Palgrave, 2008); The Deconstruction of the Oral Eye: Art and Its Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism (Palgrave, 2010); Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal (Sense Publishers, in progress), and Misreading Postmodern Antigone: Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh (Diavolo in Corpo) (Intellect Books, in process).

info & contact


University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA


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