I explore a spontaneous community art event involving pre-teen and teen refugee girls and their embodied experiences at a local café located in a Northeastern U.S. city. Their bodily encounters involved incipient actions—drifting, knitting, and wrist-tying performances—in the creation of a new space within the space of the café. Drawing on posthumanists’ and new materialists’ works, I engage the lived body as foci of understanding, necessitating an understanding of the body as “liberating to” rather than “liberating from.” A central consideration of thing-power rather than human-power advances a framework of corporeal spatial/temporality for understanding curriculum and pedagogy. Understanding of the real, lived body informs a new direction for an art educational approach, one that offers a new materialistic agency that goes beyond the strictures of the humanist mindset. It opens up new ways of thinking about community art practice, as it organizes and reorganizes the senses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts