Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy

Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy

Edited by Nico Carpentier

Respublika! was a cluster of an arts Festival, three Exhibitions and several Seminars, initiated and curated by Nico Carpentier and co-organised with NeMe and CCMC.Respublika! translated the principles of community media in creative practice, in order to reflect on media, democracy and its participatory component, to analyze the (de)centralization of power in contemporary societies, and to showcase art projects that use participatory mechanisms to produce art projects, working with, and empowering members of one or more communities.

Respublika! was multi-sited and multi-genre, and aimed to tap into the creative reservoirs of community media, civil society organizations and social collectives (and their members); but also of artists that are committed to the basic principles of participatory (community) communication.

Respublika! incorporated 18 art projects that relate to (at least) one of the following two objectives, which translate the principles of community media in creative practice:

  1. to reflect on media, democracy and its participatory component, analysing the (de)centralization of power in contemporary societies,
  2. to use participatory mechanisms to produce art projects, working with, and empowering members of one or more communities.

Respublika! consisted of three exhibitions, a festival and a seminar series. The first main exhibition, Open Community – Open Networks, took place from 4 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. The second main exhibition, Participation Matters, took place from 8 December 2017 to 19 January 2018. The Festival ran in parallel with the first week of the second main exhibition, from 8 to 16 December 2017.

Contents of the Respublika! catalogue

Foreword
An Introduction to Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy, Nico Carpentier
Part I: Participations
Part II: Reflections about Democracy and the Political
Part III: Interactions
Part IV: Reflections about Identity, Community, Technology and Nature
Conclusion
Respublika! is Political. Why Participatory Art and Art on Participation Matters. A Political Analysis, Olga Yegorova
Appendices
Festival Programme
Respublika! Seminars
Biographies

Nico Carpentier is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University and chair of IAMCR's Participatory Communication Research Section.

The above text is from the editor's description of the book.

Title: Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy
Editor: Nico Carpentier
Published: 2018
Pages: 376
Publisher: NeMe; Cyprus.
Open access at http://nicocarpentier.net/respublika/

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