[NetBehaviour] Towards an Aesthetics of Common/s: Beyond Participation and its Post

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 23 00:38:59 CEST 2014

Towards an Aesthetics of Common/s: Beyond Participation and its Post

Magda Tyżlik-Carver
Culture, Art, Technology - New Criticals

The emphasis on participation as the core of many projects and artworks 
requires material examination that includes the social but is not 
limited to it. In other words the questions of participation should 
include considerations of what is produced in the process beyond the 
community and the social, that is what material and discursive results 
are created by participatory practices and artworks. Such an attitude 
necessarily has to include two phenomena that are regularly underplayed 
in considerations of participatory practices which are essential for 
aesthetic experience to occur. I argue that there is a need to recognise 
other than human participants in the production of participatory works, 
as well as other and new forms of collective subjectivities that cannot 
be simply described as community. The inclusion of these two phenomena 
has to take into account their location and connection to systems and 
processes beyond the work itself as they are part of wider terrain that 
is common to everyday experiences and their workings within complex and 
networked environments.


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