CONTEMPORARY ART and THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

 I recently spent a day at the TATE MODERN gallery with a group of Norwegian students and their teachers, who were staying in London for a few days having left Oslo the day before. We were looking for links between, and questions about, Art and the Theory of Knowledge. My role at the Tate on that day was to introduce and explain to the students some of the tricky issues that infuse and surround contemporary art. Tate Modern is the ...

The Beauty in Maths

A few months ago the BBC conducted a survey to find the most beautiful mathematical equation in the world. There is of course a long history of the relationship between the idea of beauty and mathematics. The ancients certainly pondered that relationship as well as connecting it to the concepts of truth and of goodness. In Plato’s mind certainly, as well as in the mind of others, the true, the good and the beautiful were objectively one in the transcendental ...

Back to school (and writing about art)

Hey ho, Tuesday is the first day of the 2012-2013 school year, welcoming back returning students and greeting the new ones. In my year 1 DP visual arts class I have a mixture of both, but either way I’ll start with some revision exercises as well as looking at how we discuss and/or write about art. The returning students had me in grade 10 so they already have had some encounters with written and verbal art analysis, but it plays an important ...

The Afghan girl – the new Barbie?

BIgx-nkFL6c When you (a student) are dealing with iconic images (such as Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’ photograph) and want to integrate the icon somehow into your own art, be careful: think through your reasons, the outcome, and what the audience (or examiner) response might be to the outcome. 6XAXLCtlpiU As an examiner I frequently encounter iconic images that have been used (re-used?) in a piece of student art, and the Afghan girl is a good example. cK6EnFu3NHc Her face often becomes part of a visual ...

Visual Arts and the Theory of Knowledge

I have been watching some Theory of Knowledge presentations by grade 11 students., and this afternoon saw a student discuss using the 'found' object as art, alluding to the works of Duchamp, Picasso, Carl Andre, Tony Cragg and Sarah Lucas. She was exploring the nature and purpose of contemporary western art, and she brought in the possibilities (and the possible value and validity) of garbage, trash and rubbish art. These ToK presentations require students to identify and explore the knowledge issues raised by ...