In October 2017, Ba re e ne re participated in the Another Roadmap Intertwining Hi/Stories Art Education Festival held in Vienna, Austria. Our representative, Lineo Segoete co-facilitated a session called “Critical Literacies” and led a storytelling session about the original transliteration of the Sesotho language by missionaries.
The Intertwining Hi/Stories Art Education Festival brought overlapping stories of arts education from different locations in the world together, aiming to trace the multi-layered histories of this field for developing critical practice, and challenge seemingly enclosed European and Western narratives of art and education. The festival invited teachers, museum and gallery educators, art students, researchers, social workers, critical thinkers and artists to engage in storytelling sessions and actions on the un/chrono/logical timeline, workshops, exchange and discussions on arts education histories.
Intertwining hi/stories is a cluster project by partners in the network Another Roadmap for Arts Education in Maseru, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Lubumbashi, Nyanza, Vienna, Kampala/Namulanda and Geneva/Zurich. Between June 2016 and July 2018, the working groups study histories of arts education and their global overlapping within particular case studies (“stories”), using trans-disciplinary combinations of research methods such as archival research, oral history (narrative interviews), arts-based research and participatory practices.
The common research interest is: What does the intertwining of these stories mean for practices of education through and on the arts? The cluster’s work addresses the transfer of “art” and “education” from Europe to the Global South within the colonial context; the appropriation and localizing of concepts; and models of critical pedagogy in arts education and their international circulation, focusing mainly on the 1970s and the reactivation of historical experiences for the purpose of current practice. The merit of bringing different local hi/stories together is to make the connections between seemingly unrelated historical events known in the field of arts education, and thereby contribute to a reflective understanding, and practice, of educating through and in the arts in a global context.
The Un/Chronological Timeline being unfurled.
See the festival programme here.
See the photos from the festival sessions here.