Shift/Work: Speculations

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Shift/Work is a performative paragogics (Corneli 2011) that supports the active peer
production of Open Education Resources (OER) for artists. Shift/Work arose from
participatory action research (PAR) into art education’s hidden (anti-)curriculum as a
means of intervening in the monadic culture of self-sufficiency performed by its
atomising technologies of the self. An iterative practice continually re-performed like
a musical score, Shift/Workers compose and play-test intersubjective workshops for
one another prompted by a ‘gesture that interrupts’ (Biesta 2017, 36); a MacGuffin
that playfully amplifies our different educational expectations in order to draw our
collective attention to how learners are subjectivised as artists. Drawing on a paper presented at ISoTL17 in Calgary, this chapter delineates Speculations (Shift/Work 2017), a Shift/Workshop composed and performed in Scotland, India and Norway during 2017, the parameters of which were scaffolded by Dan Brown, Jake Watts and Neil Mulholland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeap into Action
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Performative Pedagogies in Art & Design Education
EditorsLee Campbell
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPeter Lang
Pages21-26; 39-40; 59-60
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
EventShift/Work: Speculations - Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Mar 20174 Mar 2017


WorkshopShift/Work: Speculations
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • Speculation
  • Learning
  • Educational Turn
  • Artistic Turn
  • Paragogy
  • Andragogy
  • Autotelic
  • Play
  • Performance
  • Performative Pedagogy
  • OER
  • Materialisms
  • Irritation
  • Metacognition
  • Intersubjective
  • Autopoesis
  • Probe
  • connectivism

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