Who creates the narrative? The case of RE/F/r:ACE, a participatory media artwork in city space

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Abstract

This paper discusses the roles of artist, author, participant and spectator within the context of participatory media art events, with reference to RE/F/r.ACE, a participatory video project developed by Andy Best-Dunkley, Merja Puustinen and Victor Khachtchanski. RE/F/r.ACE enables participants to easily contribute their own images as raw material to the ongoing flow of visual and audio narrative projected into the public city environment. Situating the project within an art historical context, the paper discusses the social and political coding of the architectonic urban environment, and the rules and norms relating to, and controlling, our everyday use of public space. When the notion of free “open to all” public space is under threat from ongoing commercialisation and gentrification of urban centres worldwide, RE/F/r.ACE is an example of one attempt to draw attention to this transformation in a creative, positive, and artistic manner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalVisual Methodologies
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Narrative
  • Participation
  • public art
  • PERFORMANCE
  • Empowerment

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