Towards a pedagogy of diffraction: exploring the pedagogical dimensions of experimental artistic practices

Ph.D Candidate: 
Niki Barachanou

The doctoral dissertation attempts to explore a series of questions concerning the relationship between art, creation and pedagogy, through the study of the artistic practices of three musicians: Dimitra Trypani, Eva Matsigkou and Lenio Liatsou. Three women active in the field of art, in particular of sound and music, combining composition, interpretation and performance. Their common element is the negotiation of the boundaries between experimentation, artistic practice and the social dimension of art, while a key feature of their artistic and pedagogical work is the use of various materials and practices. The doctoral dissertation is perceived as an experimental process of exploring the relationship between artistic creation, art and pedagogical practices- in particular, pedagogical practices in music education. It further develops the theoretical discussion initiated by the "creative music in education education" movement, seeking new relationships, new spaces and new practices produced at the intersection of sound and pedagogy. The theoretical tools used in this study stem from critical posthumanism,  and the dialogue between posthumanism and new materialism that this perspective has initiated. In Critical posthumanism, the role of matter and language is being revised, while space is reconceptualised, taking into account the embodied process of subjectification and its imprint on the production of knowledge. Such processes of knowledge production are explored with reference to the diffractive pedagogy and the pedagogy of affect (affective pedagogy). Following this theoretical framework, the research intends to investigate the relations that develop between the subjects -human and non-human- of the artistic creation and the practice of pedagogy.