The Social Relevance of Participatory Art

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This paper raises questions regarding the intersubjectivity of the art projects dealing with collectivity and participatory and challenges the idealisation and realisation of "community" in participatory art. It is an attempt for investigation of the social impact and potentialities of the participatory art projects while asking the simple question what they really do for the communities to which they are aimed. The paper will develop around the projects that are particular social interventions like the one of the Beijing artist Ai Weiwei who plans to bring 1,001 Chinese men women to Kassel during Documenta 12 for the project Fairy Tale in order to alter Kassel's cultural landscape.


Keywords: Participatory Art, Community, Research, Intersubjectivity, Social Relevance
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Suzana Milevska

Director, Visual and Cultural Research Centre, "Euro-Balkan" Institute
Skopje, Macedonia, Macedonia

Suzana Milevska (b. 1961) is a Lecturer in visual culture and the Director of the Visual and Cultural Research Centre of the "Euro-Balkan" Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths College – University of London. She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar (2004) and P. Getty Curatorial Research Fellow (2001). Her academic interests include visual culture, photography and film theory, gender and psychoanalysis. Her texts about the construction of national identity and gender difference in arts and visual culture of the Balkans have been included in many publications: Primary Documents - A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s (New York: MoMA, 2002); East Art Map, edited by IRWIN (London: Afterall, 2006); Is Art History Global, edited by James Elkins, (New York: Routledge, 2006); Conversations with Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak (London: Seagull Books, 2007).

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