ICCE 2017 7th International Conference on Critical Education, Athens, Greece, 28 June - 02 July 2017, pp.64-65
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that, the most important stand of the Critical Education Theory’s position against neoliberalism is identity construction. And the mass of people whose identity needs to built are goverments’ passive, loyal citizens and neoliberalism’s consumers at the same time. Today, the necessity of struggle which is owned by people politized and get the vital will in
their own hands is absolutely noticed. Certainly, the most effective role is on the shoulders of critical and changer education understanding in this crucial struggle. Critical education understanding is the required alternative to this oppressive situation. It is clear that, art education in higher education has a technocrat character which is totally leaned over knowledge and skill. The education of pupils who wants to participate in ‘art market’ getting shape by market owner neoliberal politics. In consequence of this guided education system, being an artist becomes to be discussed in exploitation whether it includes being collective, laborer, political or not. Whereas these features of artist identity are a priori ones for decades. In this presentation, the identity of an artist that is created in higher education under the siege of neoliberalism will be discussed. My purpose is to state that the identity of an artist has responsibility against capitalism is corroded and it can only be repaired by critical and changer education. What is the frame of ‘art’ under the crisis of our time? And how to build an identity of an artist by higher education who will take the responsibility against those crisis? These are my main questions to discuss about.