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The gestures of participatory art

Sruti Bala


The gestures of participatory art offers a critical investigation of key debates in relation to participatory art, spanning the domains of applied and community theatre, immersive performance as well as the visual arts. Rather than seeking a genre-based definition, it asks how artists, audiences and art practices approach the subject of participation beyond the predetermined options allocated to them. In doing so, it inquires into the ways that artworks participate in civic life. Participation is the utopian sweet dream that has turned into a nightmare in contemporary neoliberal societies. Yet ... More

Keywords: Participatory art, Gesture, Immersive performance, Applied theatre and performance, Community theatre and performance, Participation, Institutional critique, Theatricality, Performance Art, Global South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526100771
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526100771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sruti Bala, author
Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam