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The gestures of participatory art

Author: Sruti Bala
Publisher: [Manchester] : Manchester University Press, [2018] ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sruti Bala
ISBN: 9781526100771 1526100770
OCLC Number: 1045562067
Description: x, 156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Gestures of institutional critique --
2. On the inconvenient means and ends of participation --
3. Unsolicited gestures of participation --
4. Vicarious gestures of participation --
5. Delicate gestures of participation --
Conclusion: between image, act, body and language.
Responsibility: Sruti Bala.


The study critically reclaims participatory art beyond its co-option as a fuzzword of neoliberal governance. It examines a range of artistic practices from community theatre, immersive performance  Read more...


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