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Practising equality? Issues for co-creative and participatory practices addressing social justice and equality.

Harris, Paul; Fremantle, Chris

Authors

Paul Harris



Abstract

Increasingly co-creativity and participation are considered central aspects of practices across art and design (including architecture) (Bishop, Bourriaud, Hope, Kester, Till). The discourse on Web 2.0 (Leadbeater, Shirky) addresses co-creativity and participation but from quite different perspectives. One of the key aspects of these discourses is the extent to which they recognise context as a critical factor. The other critical factor is the understanding of equality, not in terms of a general social aspiration, but rather as a function within a creative practice. This paper draws on examples including the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the projects of Suzanne Lacy to discuss what ‘equality’ can mean in creative practice. Practitioners seeking social justice and equality describe the importance of involving participants and co-creators, not through ‘evenness’ of participation, but rather through discernment opening out to larger audiences. The juxtaposition of art, design and web 2.0 in terms of both practices as well as critical literatures is distinctive. Fremantle led on the overall concept and developed the focus on Center for Urban Pedagogy as well as the project of Suzanne Lacy; Fremantle and Harris jointly developed the approach across the four domains (art, design, architecture and web 2.0).

Citation

HARRIS, P. and FREMANTLE, C. 2013. Practising equality? Issues for co-creative and participatory practices addressing social justice and equality. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 10(2), pages 183-200. Available from: https://www.participations.org/Volume%2010/Issue%202/11.pdf

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2013
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2013
Publication Date Nov 30, 2013
Deposit Date Jul 7, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jul 7, 2014
Journal Participations: journal of audience and reception studies
Electronic ISSN 1749-8716
Publisher Participations
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 183-200
Keywords Aesthetics; Art; Co-creativity; Design; Equality; Participation; Web 2.0
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/988
Publisher URL https://www.participations.org/Volume%2010/Issue%202/11.pdf
Related Public URLs http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1563

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