Utilising Psychanalytic Theories to Frame Some of the Difficulties Facing the Emerging Creative Subject at Art School Today

By Ingrid Boberg.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This paper explores the tension between the freedoms
prevailing in an open learning environment and the
susceptibility of the emerging creative subject as
quasi-public maker and performer. Maurice Merleau-Ponty and
Deborah Britzman have something to add to our thinking about
the tertiary art school student and the learning
environment. The paper focuses on the production of meaning
including through the body as “lived experience” and in
particular the performative nature of identity and the
vulnerabilities prevailing within the context of the
studio-based learning environment. This paper seeks to
examine this particular learning context, rife with patterns
of resistance and compliance, which forms a difficult and
contentious backdrop for the creation and representation of
the creative subject.

Keywords: Psychoanalytic Theories, Emerging Creative Subject, Uncertainty, Studio-based Learning, Art School, Resistance, Performance

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 843.533KB).

Ingrid Boberg

Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts, School of Art and Design, AUT University, Wellesley Campus, Auckland, New Zealand

Ingrid Boberg is an artist and senior lecturer in Visual Arts in the School of Art & Design at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. Ingrid completed an MFA at RMIT Melbourne, Australia in 1999 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at AUT. Her current research explores the site of the studio-based learning environment, with a focus on the transference of affect and the role and force of matter within the studio confines. Ingrid has a particular interest in the diversity of the art school student cohort and the rising numbers of students experiencing mental discomfort and a collapse of confidence through the difficulties of learning.


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