Location Livorno, IT
Pietro Gaglianò
January 11, 2021

06. Pietro Gaglianò

Photograph collected by Cage. Photographers unknown, n.d.

Pietro Gaglianò introduces a passage from his book The syntax of freedom (Gli Ori, 2020), a reinterpretation of two centuries of history that attempts to reconnect the relationship between art and libertarian pedagogy:

”I adopted anarchist thinking as a filter, a dialectical device between the two areas, to enhance the continuity between the emancipatory potential of art and that of education.”

The paragraph outlines some aspects of John Cage’s educational activity, comparing with other experiences of the nineteenth century to attempt a synthesis of what are the horizons of an education that frees and does not oppress. The pedagogical case of Joseph Jacotot is taken up again (treated in depth by Jacques Ranciere in The Ignorant Schoolmaster) next to the idea expressed by Pietr Kropotkin on the emancipatory function of art.

(1975), is an art critic, educator and independent curator. He is interested in the relationship between the aesthetics of power and the counter-narrations played by art. In his projects he experiments hybrid formats between art and social sciences aimed to foster a political perception of the public space and the community. He published La sintassi della libertà. Arte, pedagogia, anarchia (Gli Ori, 2020) and Memento. The obsession with the visible (Postmedia Books, 2016).