Propositions for an environmental arts pedagogy: A/r/tographic experimentations with movement and materiality

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Rousell, David, Lasczik Cutcher, Alexandra, Cook, Peter J. and Irwin, Rita L.. 2020. "Propositions for an environmental arts pedagogy: A/r/tographic experimentations with movement and materiality." Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Amy, Malone, Karen and Hacking, Elisabeth Barratt (ed.) Research Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of childhood and nature research . Switzerland. Springer. pp. 1815-1843
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Propositions for an environmental arts pedagogy: A/r/tographic experimentations with movement and materiality

Book Chapter CategoryHandbook (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleResearch Handbook on Childhoodnature: Assemblages of childhood and nature research
AuthorsRousell, David, Lasczik Cutcher, Alexandra, Cook, Peter J. and Irwin, Rita L.
EditorsCutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Amy, Malone, Karen and Hacking, Elisabeth Barratt
Page Range1815-1843
SeriesSpringer International Handbooks of Education
Number of Pages28
Year2020
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783319672854
9783319672861
ISSN2197-1951
2197-196X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67286-1_95
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-67286-1_95
Abstract

This chapter works through a series of methodological experimentations with movement and materiality in order to explore the potentials of environmental arts pedagogies. We address the question of what environmental arts pedagogies might come to look like in the ever-changing contexts of children’s social and environmental worlds. This leads us to engage with the movements and materialities of learning environments as they come to co-compose pedagogical encounters. In doing so, we draw on new materialist accounts of matter as agentic, fluid, and dynamic; movement as a choreographic architecting of experience; and a/r/tographic approaches to pedagogical engagement and embodied practice. Taking up the use of concepts as methods, we develop a series of artistic and pedagogical experimentations with concepts of “corridors,” “flight,” “viscosity,” and “construction.” In teasing out the implications of these concepts for an environmental arts pedagogy, we combine imagery and text to both render and diagram the movement of bodies, materials, and environments in passage through each of these four conceptual enactments. This leads us to develop a series of propositions for an environmental arts pedagogy based on our creative research process. In doing so, we aim to sketch the contours of an environmental arts pedagogy that combines the speculative imagination with embodied, sensorial, and empirical experiences.

KeywordsEnvironmental arts pedagogy; Movement; New materialism; A/r/tography; Speculative empiricism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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