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Forceful relations: participatory art and governance’

Författare och institution:
Julie Crawshaw (Akademin Valand)
Publicerad i:
RGS-IBG, panel: Complicating the co-production of art: Hidden humans and acting objects, London,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Through tracing participatory art as part of the governance of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, this paper describes how artistic interventions re-shape relationships of force. Drawing on notions of ‘multiplicity’ (Stengers, 2010; Latour, 2007), I make a rich empirical contribution to our understanding of the relational capacity of art. By accounting for the art experience as a network of associations between residents, artists, governors, the tide, the birds, the sun and other natural elements, I reveal how art re-shapes perspectives towards island development. Lindisfarne has a population of 120. A place of environmental and historic significance residents are joined by thousands of visitors. Multiple agencies ‘manage’ the island. Tensions between governors and community have risen significantly amidst development proposals. As a way to re-engage residents in the visitor management strategy I was invited by the governance coordinator to pilot arts activities. Through residential periods, I coproduced twenty visual, performing and sonic arts workshops with and for residents. Drawing on relational understandings of art practice, I reflect on the nature of my research positions as an: ‘academic’, ‘governance professional’, ‘resident’, and participant of the workshops. As a participant of dance, theatre, photography, drawing and painting and sonic mapping, I became part of a dense communication between ‘inner’ (human) and ‘outer’ (physical) materials (Dewey, 1934). Through field notes, photography and film footage, I describe how the art interventions expand relationships in support of communication. Through close study of the ‘ecology’ of island practice, this paper describes how the relational qualities of art mediate mutual platforms for coproduction towards governance. Acknowledgements This paper draws on the Holy Island case study, as part of Northumbrian Exchanges, an interdisciplinary AHRC knowledge exchange project at the Newcastle Institute for Contemporary Arts Practice, Newcastle University: a collaboration between the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University Business School, Music, Fine Art, and research partners across rural Northumberland.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Annan samhällsvetenskap
Annan humaniora
Art, anthropology, governance, actor-network theory
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Posten skapad:
2015-12-08 15:35
Posten ändrad:
2015-12-28 16:41

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