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La communauté de singularités. Réinventer le commun dans l’art participatif britannique (1997-2015)

Abstract : In the early 1990’s emerged a new artistic practice: participatory art. This post-studio practice is characterized by an embodied collaboration between the artist and the participants. Our thesis is an investigation on the artistic and political stakes of this practice. We inscribe participatory art in an artistic history of participation, in order to understand the shared problems encountered by artists along the 20th century calling for the mobilization of this creative device, and also its specific use and functioning in participatory art. We also inscribe this practice in an aesthetic history which enlightens how participation questions our most rooted preconceptions about art. A second part of our work is dedicated to the study of the development of participatory art in relationship to politics (understood here as policies) in the UK from 1997 to 2015. Participation is promoted as a value in itself by the successive governments and participatory democracy is said to be developed by various kinds of public consultations. Participatory art acquires in this context a different meaning and dimension. Finally we intend to show how participatory art can be interpreted as an attempt to create new forms of communality and community. We suggest the idea that the collaborative process between the artist and the participants produces a new kind of political association: the community of singularities.
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Estelle Zhong. La communauté de singularités. Réinventer le commun dans l’art participatif britannique (1997-2015). Histoire. Sciences Po - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-03459498⟩



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