Wicked Arts Education LIVE
On 30 January at 16:30 the master of Education in Arts and Research Group Arts Education proudly present two contemporary artisteachers who operate on the cutting edge of the arts, participation and pedagogy. In the spirit of the publication Wicked Arts Assignments, Andrea Palašti and Annemée Dik will share their practice with a live audience through stories, images and interactive assignments.

How Bruce Lee taught me to teach

Artist and educator Andrea Palašti (Serbia) blends her work with pedagogical impulses. Andrea will talk about her work, what she learned from Bruce Lee, and how the practice of sports can be transformed into artistic strategies. The presentation will take up the form of an illustrative lecture, uncovering the ideas, cultural influences and biographical notes that have inspired her. Via pictures, stories, and an ad hoc workout session, the artist discusses the transformative and essential role that readiness, adaptability, fluidity and flexibility has played in both her art and teaching practice. She also introduces her project ‘Home Workouts’, an instruction-based art activity and a fitness exercise all rolled into one in order to practise creativity. 

Andrea Palašti (1984) is an artist and educator based in Novi Sad, Serbia, who works across artistic, curatorial and pedagogical boundaries experimenting with ways of knowledge dissemination. She works collaboratively and interdependently, with her partner, her parents, students, fellow artists, curators, scientists and/or historians as a means to uncover stories beyond official knowledge. Through her work she is questioning prevalent political and cultural norms with the aim of opening up a space for alternative narratives, conflicting stories and troubled histories in a more buoyant way. Since 2016, she has been lecturing at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, where she teaches Elements of Visual Art, blending her collaborative artistic research projects with educational strategies.

The murder assignment

Often teachers mistakenly think they need a lot of technical knowledge before getting started with photography in arts courses. Annemée Dik and Richie Walker developed a lesson that teaches students about photographic perspectives, which they can apply immediately. For this assignment, they chose ludodidactics, a movement based on visual education and gamification, in which one learns in playful ways (Renger & Valk, 2020). Ludodidactics involve students learning in a game setting where the teacher acts as a game leader. The design of this lesson was inspired by the sinister crime photography of photojournalist Weegee (1899-1968). The wicked subject and the hard contrast of the black and white photographs inspired Annemée and Richie as educational designers. During the lesson/game, students work for a detective agency that is about to go bankrupt. The only way to save the agency from destruction is by faking crime photos... 

Annemée Dik is a Dutch photographer and art teacher. She teaches at the Cartesius Lyceum in Amsterdam. Annemée: "I'm a curious person. My desire to know more about our world has found its form of expression in the fields of documentary, education, and portrait photography. I’m especially interested in investigating social systems, forms of injustice, and isolation that have manifested themselves in the 21st century that often go unnoticed."


16:30 - 17:30: How Bruce Lee taught me to teach with Andrea Palašti 
17:30 - 17:50: Break with snacks
17:50 - 18:20: 
The murder assignment with 
Annemée Dik
18:20 - 18:45: Conclusion and drinks!

WARNING: This presentation may contain voilent imagery

Date and time: Monday 30 January 16:30 ~ 18:45 h
LocatieAHK LearningLab, Marineterrein Amsterdam, Kattenburgerstraat 5, 1018 JA Amsterdam.
Language: English and Dutch
Participants: max 50 persons
Contact: stella.blok@ahk.nl