WRITING

Dahn Hiuni in the July/August 2017 issue of The Journal of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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Performing Identity: The Politics and Pedagogy of Witnessing the Self (Doctoral Thesis)

This study examines performance art as a means of exploring identity. In particular, it investigates the unique strategies that performance artists utilize to interrogate the social, cultural and political forces that construct identity and thus bear upon subjectivity. At the same time, of equal interest to this inquiry is a discrepancy that seems to exist between such contemporary practices and the field of art education. For an exploration of the latter reveals that current pedagogies remain largely faithful to earlier traditions.

In reflecting upon my own work of the last two decades, I identify three equally impassioned commitments: as an artist, as an activist, and as an educator. Recent meditations on the relationship among these have yielded stronger notions of their interconnections. In this paper, sparked by personal experience and contextualized in historical account, I argue that the overlaps between education, activism and performance art, are compelling. The links that emerge, both real and metaphoric, may serve as a conceptual basis for an integrated model of cultural work.

Education, Activism, Performance Art: Sharing Metaphors for Cultural Work

 Pedagogy for Friendship: The Role of the Teacher and the Teaching Space in the Project to Embrace Difference 

Building on the socially-defined educational philosophies of such thinkers as Freire, Barrow and Noddings, I will argue that an individual's capacity to imagine, cope with and subsequently embrace difference is more likely to increase as a result of personal friendship. That is, expanding an individual's repertoire of caring is best practiced relationally, behaviorally: it is a one-on-one, human-scale proposition. The question then becomes, can friendship be taught?

Unveiled Visions Exhibition Catalogue

Given that today we live in a transglobal and multicultural world, we must understand its climate of cultural production as acutely pluralist. In the world of Western art, with its traditional understanding of successive, unfolding art periods, we now must concede that we have gone for almost 2 generations with no clear movement, tendency or style—as was the case in the past. If anything, this year’s faculty show is a sound testament to this aesthetic and ideological multiplicity. 

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