It’s messy, difficult, compromised—but at its best community art can be joyously emancipatory. It shows us that we will only find pathways to a better place if we work together. We need each other. And we need to keep asking questions we can’t answer.
‘In the Netherlands, community art is predominantly result-oriented, whereas, until recently, in English-speaking countries the focus was on participation and
The crisis in Greece has slipped from the front pages as others, even more urgent, force themselves on Europe’s consciousness.
In the past 15 or 20 years, the contemporary art world has become increasingly interested in participation. Artists with established
The remarkable comes in all shapes and sizes. Last week it was an inspired performance of Mozart by prison inmates.
‘The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’ L.P. Hartley, The Go Between (1953) Part of what
The old carpentry workshop looks like something from Piranesi’s Carceri, which seems appropriate since it’s in the Youth Prison of
Integrate life and work and friendship. Don’t tie yourself to institutions. Live cheaply and you’ll remain free. And then, do
Two or three years ago, I began to hear about some of the participatory arts projects happening in Portugal and
My talk at last week’s SIMM-posium in Ghent was an opportunity to share some concerns about widely held assumptions in the
The first day of the symposium on the Social Impact of Music Making that I’m attending in Ghent (Belgium) closed