The thesis of a diary of writing of the self


This Report is associated with the internship elapsed during the academic year of 2010/2011, in Escola Secundária/3 Aurélia de Sousa, Porto. More than an opinion about the practice, this text is a space of observation and construction of various connections that have been possible to establish between the internship, the readings, the conversations, the school, the persons and the very act of writing. Here, writing is not only a translation of the experience into an intelligible and shareable surface, but the retreat of the subject – a time of reflection, the process of thought that thus is documented. Interested in broad issues of art education, exceeding the didactics, the curriculum or the training, I directed the study into the realm of relationships, the procedural and the invisibility. As such, my intervention in the internship was not incisive in a particular time nor subject, opting instead to develop a presence that even though diligent, always remained at a distance which I considered fundamental to the circumstances of the durability of the process and the feasibility of the analytical look that I sought to conserve. While attending classes of History of Culture and Arts in a class of the 11th grade and another group of grade 10, were the lessons of Visual Education of two classes of the 8th grade that were brought into this report. There I introduced the visual journals, object which mediated many considerations in this text, without, however, can be considered the leading figures of the practice elapsed. Formalized in the journals, the internship experience extends to the whole living and coexistence that space and time provided. The Report is a geography of the period between September 2010 and June 2011. It maps my concerns in this epistemological field and combines them with considerations of art history and discourse analysis. In the several intersections that it entails, it leaves uncovered the circumstances that led to the introduction of the visual journals, not as instruments, but made the surface of inscription and of subjectivity. The subjects have become objects of knowledge, and the practice, initially entered as purely operational, sparked new questions: how far was I to intervene in the constitution of those subjects by implementing a care of the self?

Year 2011
Type Thesis
Institution Universidade do Porto
Degree Master
Supervisor(s) Catarina Martins
Language Portuguese
Field Arts Education