Be Near to Me: An Articulation of a Nearness Pedagogy

Open Access
Lucero, Jorge R
Graduate Program:
Art Education
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
November 12, 2008
Committee Members:
  • Charles Richard Garoian, Thesis Advisor
  • Dr Stephanie Springgay, Thesis Advisor
  • art
  • education
  • nearness
  • pedagogy
  • closeness
  • performance
  • contemporary
  • jorge
  • lucero
How do we learn learning? Being near one who does it the way one would like to do it. This project identifies the “learning” dis- and re-orientation that can occur for both teachers and students by examining the characteristics of a few contemporary art practices and attempting to extrapolate from those works a character or ethos that allows individuals to behave in a liberated pedagogical way. Using four related –however independent –essays, this project attempts to highlight the ethics that have become more keenly visible in contemporary art forms such as performance art, collage, photography, and new projects in both popular music and television. Artists examined are Goat Island, Thomas Hirschhorn, Althea Thauberger, Barbara Probst, John Stezaker, Kimya Dawson, and DJBC.