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The Gestures of Participatory Art, Paperback / softback Book

The Gestures of Participatory Art Paperback / softback


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:
  • Category: General arts
  • ISBN: 9781526148124

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