I have taught a number of advanced undergraduate theory and practice courses in Illinois as well as Québec .These courses range from advance video, film aesthetics and independent photography senior seminar. In my work as an educator, I primarily invite the students to expand upon the concept of artistic research and its role in challenging the preconceived notions of knowledge production. I invite my students to think about their studio practice as an ongoing research and creation process.
Hito Steyerl describes artistic research as “epistemic disobedience” and suggests that to do research as an artist is a means of subverting the cycle of power/knowledge/art within institutions. Situationists International were among the first group of artists who started a dialogue about art as an alternative mode of knowledge production with the capacity to go against the grain of confined regime of truth. How do artists observe, gather and transform their research material into an artform? How can we subvert and resist through making?
I ask my students how do they see themselves as artists who work with unconventional materials, actions, and methods to address and unpack political, social and cultural predicaments? I invite them to gather, disrupt, and find their making/thinking pattern through an active inquiry in an attempt to produce uncertainty and resistance rather than fixed facts and conclusions.