Tone Hansen and Lars Bang Larsen (Eds.)
One of the few things we share in contemporary society is the future of our children. But it seems that even the “we” of childhood, of learning and free play, has been turned into common ground for consumption and competition. In a series of fascinating illustrated essays gathered under the headings “School and Control Society,” “Pedagogical Paradoxes,” “Historical Alternatives” and “Art and Children,” The Phantom of Liberty seeks to reestablish the social and aesthetic dialogue between visual art, critical journalism and psychology, philosophy and pedagogy. Included are Alan Sekula’s seminal photo-essay and text, “School is a Factory” (1980/82) and “Light in Two Windows” by Scandinavia’s preeminent thinker in reform pedagogy, sociologist Nils Christie. Additional contributions by Carl Hegemann, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Lars Bang Larsen, Sharon Lockhart and others. This book is an anthology from the exhibition Learning for Life, a film program and international seminar by Heine, Onstad, Kunstsenter (HOK).
Softcover, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, 294 pp, 81 b&w and 52 color, Sternberg May 2015