Art: A Form of Knowledge and Understanding

September 2, 2014

I am excited to share, after Luis’ proposal, the possibility of thinking about art as a practice of knowledge and not simply as a utilitarian tool for understanding other fields.

At first glance this difference may seem subtle, but it certainly is not! Knowledge is a complex social practice that produces forms of subjectivity in the concrete event of the praxis,  i.e., not only reads and/or interprets what exists but also creates worlds and constitutes us as subjects.

Art, then, allows us to think and act openly and creatively; to build understandings that fuel the possibility of designing objects and processes; anticipate ideas; ask ourselves different questions; and to find alternative answers to explain phenomena. Unlike any other languages, art allows us to communicate, powerfully, not only what we know and propose, but often, almost magically, allows us to refer to what we do not know. Art also allows us to see beyond, to say the unsaid, to ask boldly.

So…in agreement with Luis, why limit the inclusion of art education to acting as a tool or support for the understanding of science, history or mathematics? Why restrict the inclusion of artistic languages ​​as "other languages", often subsidiaries of the word? Why not think of mathematics, history and other sciences in ways that contribute to the development of creative thinking? How challenging this invitation is, to think about the possibility of a much richer and fertile synergy and interaction if we were to imagine schools from other perspectives. Thanks for this challenge; is not only provocative but points to possibilities for the transformation of educational institutions.