115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

« This is not a video clip »: Belgian Surrealism with Stromae in the Intermediate French Classroom

Nathalie Burle, University of Southern California

This presentation, on aesthetic literacy and Belgian culture, will discuss teaching methodologies associated with visual art, specifically with the use of a video clip by Stromae, and with the use of Magritte’s surrealist paintings. Drawing on “Ceci n’est pas une leçon” from the song “Formidable” as an allusion to Magritte’s Treachery of Images, the presentation will analyze the role of appearances in society.

Proposal: 

This presentation, on aesthetic literacy and Belgian culture, will discuss teaching methodologies associated with visual art, specifically with the use of a video clip by Stromae, a Belgian singer, and with the use of Magritte’s surrealist paintings. Drawing on “Ceci n’est pas une leçon” fromStromae’s song “Formidable” as an allusion to Magritte’s Treachery of Images, the presentation will analyze a Francophone music video, surrealist art, and the role of appearances in society and provide participants with a lesson plan on Francophone visual art for intermediate mid to high students of French.

As “powerful multimodal texts”, visual art develops critical thinking, representations of daily life and conception of the world. Through the mimetic role of visual art, language students are therefore able to “observe, interpret and communicate, and understand the dimensions of our world” in space and time (Parra & Di Fabio, 2015). More importantly, art develops symbolic competence by producing complex thoughts, by nurturing ambiguity and by appreciating aesthetic objects as a meaning (Kramsch, 2006).

This talk will provide a lesson plan with goals and objectives as well as pre-viewing and post-viewing activities and materials to be shared with the participants.