1st Edition

Cultures of Participation Arts, Digital Media and Cultural Institutions

Edited By Birgit Eriksson, Carsten Stage, Bjarki Valtysson Copyright 2020
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines cultural participation from three different, but interrelated perspectives: participatory art and aesthetics; participatory digital media, and participatory cultural policies and institutions.

    Focusing on how ideals and practices relating to cultural participation express and (re)produce different "cultures of participation", an interdisciplinary team of authors demonstrate how the areas of arts, digital media, and cultural policy and institutions are shaped by different but interrelated contextual backgrounds. Chapters offer a variety of perspectives and strategies for empirically identifying "cultures of participation" and their current transformations and tensions in various regional and national settings.

    This book will be of interest to academics and cultural leaders in the areas of museum studies, media and communications, arts, arts education, cultural studies, curatorial studies and digital studies. It will also be relevant for cultural workers, artists and policy makers interested in the participatory agenda in art, digital media and cultural institutions.

    Chapter One: Introduction: Cultures of participation

    Birgit Eriksson, Carsten Stage and Bjarki Valtysson

    Part I: Participatory art and aesthetics

    Chapter Two: Performance, public (re) assembly, and civic re-enactment

    Shannon Jackson

    Chapter Three: Autonomy and collectivity at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan

    Gunhild Borggreen and Anemone Platz

    Chapter Four: Cross-cultural collaboration: Modes of participation for co-creation of the urban public space

    Minna Valjakka

    Chapter Five: Art and local communities: Inclusion, interests and ownership in participatory art projects with embroiderers and billiard players

    Birgit Eriksson

    Part II: Digital media and technology

    Chapter Six: VR – the culture of (non)participation? Reframing the participative edge of virtual reality

    Anna Nacher

    Chapter Seven: Photo-sharing as participatory surveillance

    Clare Southerton, Maja Sonne Damkjær and Anders Albrechtslund

    Chapter Eight: Medialities of participation in sound art

    Vadim Keylin

    Chapter Nine: The participatory patient: Exploring the platformed multivalence and public value of cancer storytelling on social media

    Carsten Stage

    Part III: Cultural policy and institutions

    Chapter Ten: The "problem" of participation in cultural policy

    Leila Jancovich and David Stevenson

    Chapter Eleven: Public participation and agency in art museums

    Emilie Sitzia

    Chapter Twelve: Re-ordering and re-performing: Re-placing cultural participation and re-viewing well-being measures

    Susan Oman

    Chapter Thirteen: Diving into the archive: Google Cultural Institute & the cultural politics of participation

    Bjarki Valtysson


    Birgit Eriksson is Professor of cultural theory and analysis at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her current research focuses on participatory arts and culture; art and social communities; aesthetics and politics. She is the author or editor of eight books. Recent journal articles include "Forms and potential effects of citizen participation in European cultural centres" (co-au, 2018) and "Are we really there, and in contact? Staging firsthand witnesses of contemporary Danish warfare" (2017).

    Carsten Stage is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. His current research focuses on patient participation, affect and social media. Recent publications include the monographs The Language of Illness and Death on Social Media (Emerald, 2018, co-au), Networked Cancer (Palgrave, 2017) and Global Media, Biopolitics and Affect (Routledge, 2015, co-au) and the edited collection Affective Methodologies (Palgrave, 2015, co-ed).

    Bjarki Valtysson is associate professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His current research is focused on cultural participation, digital cultural policy and algorithmic platform societies. He is the author or editor of several books and articles. Recent publications include Media and the Mundane: Communication Across Media in Everyday Life (Nordicom 2016, co-ed), Technologies of Labour and the Politics of Contradiction (Palgrave 2018, co-ed) and Digital Cultural Policy: From Politics to Practice (Palgrave, 2020).