I will teach an MA Theatre Research course on participatory performance and its (possible) relevance to political action at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 26.3.-23.4. 2012 (in Finnish). We will discuss both historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on the relationships between participatory art practices and politics and analyze various kinds of participatory projects ranging from experimental Live Art events to clown doctors, urban street actions and the Complaints Choir movement.
What do we actually mean when we talk about “participatory” art and performance practices and their problematic?
How does participation relate to ideas of “democracy” and “empowerment” in specific cultural and spatiotemporal contexts?
Which institutional and philosophical assumptions underlie the ever-increasing interest in participatory approaches among contemporary artists?
Rousseau, Schiller, Brecht, Boal, Bourriaud, Rancière & co… here we come… Exciting!!!
Happy New Year 2012 to all blog readers!