4” Binding Unbound Site Description
February–May, 2007, at the University of Florida

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Amy Rioux © 2007

February–May 2007
University of Florida in Gainesville
Coordinated by Michelle Tillander, Assistant Professor of Art Education

Three graduate students—Amy Rioux (art education), Elizabeth DA Keegstra (museum studies), Laurie Canfield (art education)—in the course, ARE 6441: Contemporary Issues in Art Education, began the project with an exploration of the 4” Binding Unbound Web site and discussed the project in relation to the many topics being explored for the semester.

Are6441:Contemporary Issues in Art Education (Spring 2007)

This course explores contemporary issues in art, education, and society that affect the teaching of art in the public schools. Through weekly readings, discussion, and personal research, students examine contemporary issues and theoretical developments in art education. Students explored the following topics:

    • Visual and Material Culture
    • Technology and Media Studies
    • The Curriculum
    • Community Based practices
    • Interdisiplinarity and Integration
    • Multiculturalism
    • Constructed Identities: Gender, Race, and Cultural Issues

With an interest in participating by contributing to 4” Binding Unbound, the students discussed the concept (ways of knowing) of the original collaborative. Students then explored how they might contribute to the project. Amy, Laurie, and Liz wanted to each create a page to add to the project. Each of their ideas was inspired by the unique and multiple ways that we come to know. They each also had the option to write about what specifically inspired their work in relation to how we come to knowledge within education, sharing experiences, and understand through text. This became a series of personal investigations of epistemology, a philosophical inquiry concerning how we come to know, and methodology, the study of how we come to know in practical terms. They specifically sought to understand their methods that they have used to understand the world. Presented here are the images and text that resulted in the class discussions and engaging with the 4” Binding Unbound Web site and pages of the material book, which traveled to our site.

Additionally, Amy Rioux wanted to present 4” Binding Unbound as a project in her Community Arts Project class and have students participate collaboratively in exploring, “What is Community Based Art?”. Students from the Community Arts Project class each contributed to designing and developing a page with images and text that articulated the many understandings of concepts and process of community arts.

Community Arts Project

Community Art encompasses a wide variety of contexts, peoples, projects, and purposes. For a course at the University of Florida entitled “Community Arts Project,” one of the assignments was to present a Community-Based Arts project to the class. Excited by the project from The Pennsylvania State University, 4” Binding Unbound, I requested that Professor Michelle Tillander, see about having the traveling, collaborative Community-Based Art Project visit Gainesville, Florida. I wanted to dynamically present the book rather than show slides or an untouchable Web site to provide classmates with an opportunity to become part of the community of this project. A quilt-like design was chosen primarily to organize responses from a number of people, but also to symbolize the often collaborative, warm and comforting nature of a sewn quilt. The question, “What is Community-Based Art?” and a small number of squares colorfully decorated the Community Arts Page to invite dialogue and visual response by classmates during its presentation.

 


Laurie Canfield © 2007

Inspired by Existentialism and the movie,
“What the Bleep Do We Know?!”

What IS knowledge anyway?

She knows this and he knows that. I know something you don’t know! Ya know?

Every human knows something. Every animal knows something. Knowledge is inherent.

But, what do we really know? I know what I know…

Can I really know what you know? I think we all know.

A collective knowing is within us, among us…

Or is it? What DO we really know? I don’t know.

Do you know? Do they know? Who Knows!?

Quantum physics suggests that knowledge creates matter. Therefore, what we know to be tangible really is just thoughts, concepts. “Nothing really touches anything.” We only think it does. Atoms are fused by Energy very similar to the energy that makes up knowledge – thoughts. Even time is just a concept, another rule. It isn’t real.

What IS real?

Reality is a figment of our collective imaginations.

Everything is connected in thought.

Thought is knowledge.

So what do we really know?

We know everything.

How do we know that?

We don’t.

Elizabeth DA Keegstra © 2007

Sponsors of the project include The Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts, the SoVA Art Education Program, and the College of Arts and Architecture Research and Graduate Studies