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The formation of a children’s theatre troupe was the starting point for my research regarding ‘Learning Labour,’ where I question the ethical and aesthetic realm of teaching, subjecthood and art. I explored how a child and their independent relation to the world positions’ them as a political subject, either electively or subjectively through education. I consider a child’s approach to learning through an aesthetic and political lens via a context of a theatre. I create experiential outcomes as a social-based arts practice and expose the potential for these settings to enable alternative dialogues. My project is constructed around observing the perimeters within student and teaching behaviours, the research engaging in fields of education psychology and sociology; where I question the tensions between standardisation, ethics and creative determination in pedagogic art practice; and how my current and past pedagogic projects correlate to expressions of students’ will (also postulating about my own self-determinacy as teacher). I evaluate texts by Ruth Sonderegger, Anthony Gardner, Henry Giroux and Chantal Mouffe. Propositions include: Which democratic processes are upheld in education, pedagogy and arts production?; How can students’ artistic processes be included?; If this learning is included, whose agenda is being satisfied?

kym.yvette.maxwell@gmail.com

Kym Maxwell
Asbestos
2015

Backdrop Prop, by the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe
cotton, house paint, aluminum frame, velcro
1650cm x 1720cm

Kym Maxwell
There's No Such Thing as Unskilled Labour
2015

Backdrop Prop, by the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe
cotton, house paint, aluminum frame, velcro
1650cm x 1720cm

Kym Maxwell
Exhibition Maquette
2016

wood, nails, carpet square, paper, dirt, clay, straw, injet print, cardboard, texta
12cm x 32cm x 29cm

Kym Maxwell
Left: ethics guilt, Middle: educations' blood, Right: lateral timeline
2016

charcoal, glue, wood, texta, plasticine, dry clay, watercolour
Left: 80mm x 42mm x 34mm
Middle: 110mm x 22mm
Right: 70mm x 42mm x 32mm

Kym Maxwell
Wailing Wall
2015

Theatrical Prop, by the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe
cardboard, wood, house paint, velcro
200cm x 50cm x 180cm

Kym Maxwell
Wheat Bags
2015

Theatrical Prop, by the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe
cotton fabric, hessian, rope, wadding
Dimensions variable

Kym Maxwell
Polyphonic Social
2016

Student performance, 'Steiner Verse' by Class 6 and pedagogue Tanya Rao with Kym Maxwell: performed at Abbotsford Convent as part of a Liquid Architecture event 'Polyphonic Social' May 1st. Photography Keelan O'Hehir.

Kym Maxwell
Chalkboards produced for exhibition 'Parenting is Political'
2016

MDF, chalkboard paint, pastel
Dimensions variable

Kym Maxwell
Watercolour: lateral timeline, Intaglio Print: Untitled Ethics
2016

Photogaphy Christian Capurro
watercolour, intaglio print
40cm x 22cm, 600mm x 39cm, 63cm x 44cm

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