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Cătălin Gheorghe – Editorial: Learning research in a post-educational world

Charles Esche – Constructing a better contemporary…

Irit Rogoff – The Disenchanted

Dieter Lesage – The Black Mountain Syndrome. On the Educational Turn and the Academy

Nora Sternfeld – Sailing. In search of radical education, don’t take the next turn

Barbara Mahlknecht – Curating Education, Staging the CV. Learning at Former West?

Tom Holert – Artistic Research: Anatomy of an Ascent

Doreen Mende – Thinking with Turbulence: Towards research as a network of practices while being in (geo-)politics


The texts gathered in this book display a multitude of points of view on the consequences of the “educational turn” and the likely situations emerging on the “post-educational turn” horizon. Charles Esche suggests a detachment from understanding our times from the point of view of modernity compromised by neo-liberal politics and engaging in the common, shared construction of a new contemporaneity. Irit Rogoff speaks from the perspective of her own educational practice of ‘dis-enchanting’ forms of knowledge through ‘undisciplinary’ decisions, asignifying ruptures, engagements with the notion of ‘FREE’, policies of criticality and singularization of knowledge. Dieter Lesage reveals the conditions for manifesting a real syndrome associated with the Black Mountain College, by analyzing the current functioning of the concepts of interdisciplinarity, experiment and self-organization. Nora Sternfeld presents a series of considerations from the perspective of the history of radical pedagogy, as liberating and transforming practices, and emphasizes the relevance of the resistance created through education in art galleries. Barbara Mahlknecht employs the paradigmatic pretext of “Learning Place”, a workshop conceived by Boris Buden as part of the Former West project, to analyze the condition of the educational turn in curating, by referring to concepts such as Shklovsky’s “alienation effect” and “defamiliarization” or “learning play” used by Brecht. Tom Holert dissects the anatomy of the ascension of “artistic research” both from the perspective of the threat of transnational processes of economizing and corporatising higher art education and from the perspective of the “practice of the imagination”, militant resistance, de-colonialism, and even self-criticism. Doreen Mende considers research in relation to the age of turbulence, in a transgenerational time and in the context of the CCC study program at HEAD Geneva.

Vector – critical research in context. After the educational turn

Edited by Cătălin Gheorghe

Authors: Charles Esche, Irit Rogoff, Dieter Lesage, Nora Sternfeld, Barbara Mahlknecht, Tom Holert, Doreen Mende

Published by “George Enescu” National University of the Arts in Iași & Vector Association

Artes Publishing House, Iași, 2017

With the financial support of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Romania
Co-funded by Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara

Design: Lavinia German

Bilingual: English / Romanian

ISBN 978-606-547-366-9

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