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Teaching Philosophy

Art Education

I believe that key concepts of art education stem primarily from our appreciation and extensive understanding of the subjects, achievements, consequences and potentials of art in relation with science, technology and other fields of human creativity. The identity of the arts is both reflected in and influenced by the society, so art education—as well as the arts—should examine, criticize and overcome its own biases and its social circumstances rather than opportunistically serve the requirements of current political or economic trends. This demands that art educators be honestly devoted and efficient in their advocacy for the quality and integrity of education as a keystone of our civilization.

I see the art education as a process and environment for dynamic, stimulating exchange of ideas, notions, thoughts and feelings between the creative individuals of diverse professional experiences, personalities and cultural profiles. I establish my relationship with students through layered personal interaction, mutual appreciation and respect, as opposed to vertical transfer of knowledge, demagoguery, imposition of irrational authority or indoctrination, which are among the most harmful flaws of institutional (art) education.

Creative potential can evolve only through individuation, reflection and problem-solving, without relying on predefined models, and the artist can be inventive only by continuously combining talent, hard work, reasoning and learning the practical, technological and theoretical features of art. The point of studying art emerges from our wonder, care, need and interest for exploring art as a unique human faculty, and the condition of successful studying is learning how to learn. In an active, individual examination, the successful students recognize and select the beneficial learning experiences offered by the available academic programs and resources, as opposed to exploiting the superficial security of institutional routine or to riding the popular tactics of “easy” studying. That is why I emphasize that in every academic environment, the students are chiefly responsible for the quality and outcomes of their education.

Teaching Style

The programs I founded and the courses I teach are focused on media art experiment, transdisciplinary research, generativity and interactivity. I approach these disciplines combining openness toward their expressive potentials with critical edge towards their cultural context, ethical consequences and political implications.

My teaching style reflects my artistic, authorial and academic experiences, it is flexible, expansive and collaborative, and I expose students to a wide range of topics from the arts, science, technology, theory and popular culture. The accent is on combining transdisciplinary research with divergent techniques for the creation of inventive, coherent, engaging and socially relevant artworks. The students are free to choose the ideas, topics, methodologies, forms and media for their projects with consideration for conceptual cogency, material and logistic feasibility. The parallel accent is on the intellectually open artistic experiment seen as a sound balance of personal motivation and interests, studio work, technical expertise, theoretical learning, critical thinking, assessment and evaluation.

I support all poetic orientations and stylistic preferences of my students providing that they be honest, permanently examined and improved. I put high demands before students, expecting their uncompromised commitment to art, concentration, intelligence, open-mindedness, responsibility, initiative in mastering skills and competences, and motivation based on (self)critical thinking.

Alumni

Among my alumni are Vladimir Todorović, Blake Marques Carrington, Slavica Panić, Ivan Grubanov, Dylan Moore, Veljko Onjin, DigitGroup, Denis Kozerawski, Julijana Protić, Deana Petrović, Dragana Grbić, Aljoša Ninković, Ján Skaličan, Ana Nedeljković, Damjan Kovačević, Jelena Vitorović, Laurel Severin, Nemanja Nikolić, Isidora Krstić, Nina Ivanović, Nataša Stojanović, Ana Banduka, Aleksandra Kovačević, Jelena Nikolić and Martina Petrović.