Winner of the 2019 ASCA Book Award Participation is the utopian sweet dream that has turned into a nightmare in contemporary neoliberal societies.
Yet can the participatory ideal be discarded or merely replaced with another term, just because it has become disemboweled into a tool of pacification?
The gestures of participatory art insists that the concept of participation must be re-imagined and shifted onto other registers.
Moving from reflections on institutional critique and impact to concrete analyses of moments of unsolicited, delicate participation and refusal, the book examines a range of artistic practices from India, Sudan, Guatemala and El Salvador, the Lebanon, the Netherlands and Germany.
It proposes the concept of the gesture as a way of theorising participatory art, situating it between the visual and the performing arts, as both individual and collective, both internal attitude and social habitude. -- .
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 168 pages, 1 black & white illustration
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 01/04/2020
- Category: General arts
- ISBN: 9781526148124
- Hardback from £64.85