By Peter Abbs
Instantly provocative and inspiring, opposed to the Flow is a piece of polemic from an the world over revered author and philosopher on arts schooling. Peter Abbs argues that modern schooling ignores the classy and moral due to being in thrall to such forces because the industry economic climate and managerial and practical dictates. He identifies the current schooling method as being inimical to creativity and genuine studying and as a substitute, narrowly concerned with the quantitative measuring of effects. This absence of an inventive and moral measurement in schooling has implications for paintings making in wider society. artwork is proven as rising from, and attractive to, the ironic postmodernist sensibility and mass media-led tradition, whereas being without philosophical importance. This e-book opens up a clean and well timed debate in regards to the important energy of creativity in sleek schooling. Drawing on examples from glossy poetry, literature and visible paintings, it really is an eloquent and passionate argument for the necessity to strengthen moral and aesthetic energies to confront the becoming vacuity of latest tradition.
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This calls for nothing less than a revolution in both current thinking and practice. The chances are it will not happen; but it is also true that the power of the spirit works in startling ways and what is repressed now, constellating in the unconscious, can suddenly be released and transform what, until that unpredicted historic moment, looked like the inevitable and unchanging state of things. This has been the story of western culture. So there is some reason for hope. Moreover, within the Community of Recognition itself, nothing can quite expunge the transcendental moments of educational advance and inner enlightenment.
Certainly, I could see a pattern of connections across the arts which made them into a community: they were all concerned with shaping an THE NEW ARTS PARADIGM IN EDUCATION 45 expressive medium into symbolic form which, as finished artwork, addressed the human imagination. So it was that I came to be drawn into a debate about the place of the arts in education and its relationship to the culture of postmodernity. I was invited to edit a series of books presenting a unified conception of the arts.
What, then, are the values of the activity? They are the politics of the educational process itself. The group regulates itself in a public space. It comes to its conclusions through the tangible presentation of art and the working through of arguments relating to its ﬁtting interpretation. It makes its decisions openly and freely. The work involves acts of making, witnessing, and evaluating; it involves a dialectic of asking questions and examining answers. It also includes an engagement with some of the many ‘answers’ given in the cultural inheritance – whether in the form of art or theory or spiritual example.
Against the Flow: Education, the Art and Postmodern Culture by Peter Abbs