Studious Drift

Movements and Protocols for a Postdigital Education

2022
Authors:

Tyson E. Lewis and Peter B. Hyland

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What kind of university is possible when digital tools are not taken for granted, but hacked for a more experimental future?

Studious Drift revives the relationship between studying and the generative space of the studio in service of advancing educational experimentation for a world where digital tools have become a permanent part of education. It reveals how the studio is a space-time machine capable of traveling beyond the limits of conventional online learning to redefine education as interdisciplinary, experimental, public study. 

The global pandemic has underscored contemporary reliance on digital environments. This is particularly true among schools and universities, which, in response, shifted much of their instruction online. Because the rise of e-learning logics, ed-tech industries, and enterprise learning-management systems all threaten to further commodify and instrumentalize higher education, these technologies and platforms have to be creatively and critically struggled over.

Studious Drift intervenes in this struggle by reviving the relationship between studying and the generative space of the studio in service of advancing educational experimentation for a world where digital tools have become a permanent part of education. Drawing on Alfred Jarry’s pataphysics, the “science of imaginary solutions,” this book reveals how the studio is a space-time machine capable of traveling beyond the limits of conventional online learning to redefine education as interdisciplinary, experimental, public study.

Tyson E. Lewis is professor of art education in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

Peter B. Hyland is director of the Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.

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