An aesthetic challenge to education: Against a damaged subjectivity
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Citation of Original PublicationAntunes, D.C. (2015). An aesthetic challenge to education: Against a damaged subjectivity. Paper presented at the 2015 International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD.
This paper aims to reflect on the potential identified by Theodor W. Adorno in his Aesthetic Theory with respect to the subjectification process towards human emancipation. We begin from the complaint art/commodity within the Culture Industry starting with Adorno’s discussions on music on radio – Current of Music – and its relation to half-education processes – Theory of half education - and regression of hearing - On the fetish-character of music and the regression of listening – in Late Capitalism – Late Capitalism or Industrial Society? –. Then, we enter the Aesthetic Theory, Adorno latest book, in order to seek to understand how a truly aesthetic theory proposed by the author, in seeking to unite Eros and Logos, can take place as a force in the fight for an emancipated society and point to possibilities for an educational social process that goes beyond the schematism already settled in subjectivities propitiated by current social life. At the end, we present an experimental interdisciplinary evaluation process – uniting human science methodology, Brazilian literature (through the romance O Alienista, by Machado de Assis) and social critique - proposed during the 2013 Seminars of “Social Psychology” at Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil. We also present some of the results of such an experimental evaluation process materialized in aesthetic creations realized by undergraduate students, such as a chapbook and an artistic installation inside the University. University is a place where experimentation, imagination and critique cannot be dissociated from educational process; otherwise, knowledge will only perpetuate its authoritarian potential, against its emancipatory potential.