The Dandelions Forum takes place on the 21st and 22nd of January at Culturgest, in Lisbon. This is the opportune moment to give visibility to the different results of the project: educational, artistic and social results. In the Forum, will be held the International Conference Prompting participation in the arts and will be presented the artistic creations that were developed throughout the project in the different territories. It is also the last moment of exchange for all young participants.
International conference — Free entry subject to registration
Artistic projects — Free admission subject to room capacity
Some of the results of the participatory research carried out by the academic partners (OsloMet, IHA and ICNova) are also now beginning to be made public through a public seminar in which national and international guests will discuss some of the problems of participatory artistic processes and practices.
M/12 | Organisation: Bruno Marques (IHA/NOVA FCSH), Cláudia Madeira (ICNOVA/ NOVA FCSH), Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro (IHA/NOVA FCSH)
14h30 * opening
Raquel Ribeiro dos Santos, Mariana Mata Passos
COMMONING CULTURES AS A PARTICIPATORY PRACTICE
— Pascal Gielen (BE)
Moderation: Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro, Cláudia Madeira, Bruno Marques
Cultural institutions have always played an important part in mediating between the past and the present. Since the nineteenth century they have been building a monocultural biography of the nation state; since the 1970s, they have been paying more attention to the multicultural society and its various forms of artistic expression. Both trends, ‘monoculturalism’ and multiculturalism, however, defend the same Eurocentric value of individualism. In his lecture sociologist Pascal Gielen attempts to analyse how both cultural filters function and then looks at how new cultural organisations respond to this today. The so-called Commoning Art Constitutions apply both constitutional and commons practices in order to really do justice to the artistic expression and cultures of the Other.
Pascal Gielen is writer and full professor of sociology of culture and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University – Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor of the international book series Antennae – Arts in Society (Valiz). In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. In 2022 he was appointed by the Flemish Government as curator of the Culture Talks conference. Gielen has published many books which are translated in Chinese, English, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. His research focuses on creative labour, the common, urban and cultural politics. Gielen works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium.
SINGULARITY AND SHARING IN PARTICIPATORY ARTISTIC PRACTICE
— Rui Telmo Gomes (PT)
Moderation: Cláudia Madeira, Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro e Bruno Marques
Non-professional artists often use/recreate life experiences and paths in the participatory artistic projects in which they participate. (Auto)biography is a powerful expressive resource that plays with the singularity of each individual, as well as with the recognition effect (or unfamiliarity) of similar (or not) experiences lived by those watching. Co-creating shared aesthetic languages by both professionals and non-professionals, thus escaping the risk of patronising or rendering exotic, depends on the constancy of the artistic practice beyond short-term episodic projects, and on engaging the community (collective and institutional agents).
The artistic singularity of participatory projects builds political meaning precisely based on such community engagement.
Rui Telmo Gomes has a PhD in Sociology (2013, Iscte-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) and is presently an integrated researcher at CIES-Iscte. Moving between the broad fields of sociology of the arts, culture and youth cultures, his current research interests are focused on participatory arts; youth cultural participation;
professional careers in the artistic and creative sector; cultural policies for the arts, cultural practices and participation. He is a member of the thematic section "Art, Culture and Communication" of the Portuguese Association of Sociology (APS) and of the RN02 network – "Sociology of the arts" of the European Association of Sociology (ESA). He was part of the research team at the Cultural Activities Observatory as project coordinator, editor of the OBS magazine and board member (1996-2013); he is currently member of the Portuguese Observatory of Cultural Activities (OPAC) team. He recently published the chapter “Artistic participation and cultural capital” in the volume Cultural Participation in Portugal, coordinated by José Machado Pais and edited by the Gulbenkian Foundation.
17h20 * coffeebreak
POWER AND REBELLION IN THE CONTEXT OF PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES
— Dagny Stuedahl (NO)
Moderation: Bruno Marques, Cláudia Madeira, Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro
Participation is not easy. Meanwhile, it has become so central for our contemporary western world that it leads us to reflect upon what is actually meant when we ask for participation? And why has participation become so central. Of course, the advent of social media has proposed a different understanding of citizenship and the role of public debate, and lately also given us examples where social media platforms not only supports the nice citizenship or the cosy debates, but also the darker ones. But, given this development in the social media sphere that has entered our lives, it still does not answer why multiple fields like urban development, health care development, communal and local politics as well as art projects address participation as the right means and goals of our time? In many of these project’s participation is defined, if defined at all, mostly from the point of view of the organisers or from the position of the one’s that initiates the project. While the participation in question, has to be realised by the people on the ground, those who in fact already do participate in the social and cultural dynamics of their own everyday life those who daily create strategies to deal with challenges and limitations caused by this participation, and those who sometimes create collectives with peers to build a stronger case. To build stronger voices by way of participating in the collective.
Dagny Stuedahl is a Senior Research Fellow at InterMedia, Faculty of Education at the University of Oslo and a Lecturer at the Norwegian University of Life Science. Her basic training is in Ethnology. In the last decade she has been working on research in the field of digital participation in museums. She works with collaborative research, co-design and participatory design in museums, science and heritage centres. Her main publications are in the area of co-design and social networks as a resource to involve communities and young people in museum innovation. She is currently involved in the EXPAND project focusing on design and interaction in science centers. She leads the Nordic Network Culture Kick focused on how design can work as a bridge in the triangulation of knowledge between research, innovation and education. Her current research focus is on studying how sociocultural processes and dynamics can be inscribed in methods of participation and co-design in the field of heritage.
dandelions video projection
DENTES DE LEÃO: FROM PROJECT TO PARTICIPATION(S)
— Cláudia Madeira, Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro e Bruno Marques (PT)
This presentation aims at addressing the Dentes de Leão project based on three axes. The first axis intends to question the concept of participation and the several ways of approaching it in the scope of the artistic practice. Following an analysis of the artistic projects carried out, the second axis addresses issues concerning programming strategies. Lastly, the third communication axis focuses on mediation relations, taking into account the different roles and agents involved.
Cláudia Madeira is Assistant professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Nova University of Lisbon (Nova FCSH), and full member of the Nova Institute of Communication (ICNOVA), where she is deputy coordinator of the Performance & Cognition line of research. Has a postdoctorate degree with a thesis entitled Social Art. Performing Art? (2009-2012) and a doctorate in sociology about hybridism in performing arts in Portugal (2007) from the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Wrote the books Arte da Performance, made in Portugal (ICNOVA, 2020), Híbrido – Do Mito ao Paradigma Invasor? (Mundos Sociais, 2010) and Novos Notáveis: Os Programadores Culturais (Celta, 2002), and several articles on new forms of hybridism, performance, and performativity and participation in the arts. Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences of Nova FCSH, teaching theories of drama and performance in the scope of the graduation course, and metamorphosis of the performance as well as scenic arts programming in the scope of the master’s degrees in scenic arts and in communication sciences (communication and arts branch).
Cristina Pratas Cruzeiro is Assistant professor at the Art History Institute of the Nova University of Lisbon (IHA NOVA). Has a doctorate in art sciences from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (2014). Developed a postdoctorate project at IHA NOVA between 2017 and 2022 entitled Colaboração e Colisão: Intervenção pública e política da arte. Both her doctorate and postdoctorate were supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Her research focuses on the way artistic practices relate to society from different perspectives, paying special attention to the connection to politics.
Bruno Marques is Contracted researcher at the Art History Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon (Nova FCSH). Invited assistant professor at Nova FCSH (2016-2022). Wrote the books Cartas fora do Baralho. Os retratos imaginados de Costa Pinheiro (2020) and Mulheres do Século XVIII. Os Retratos (2006), coordinated Sobre Julião Sarmento (2012) and Arte & Erotismo (2012), and published several articles in international academic magazines. Is the principal investigator of the project “Confissões de género. Autorretratos de artistas e escritoras portuguesas no pós-25 de Abril”. His research explores topics such as identity and portrait policies, as well as self-representation in contemporary art from a feminist, queer and post-colonial perspective.
Universities and institutions wishing to participate in the conference may also do it remotely
Pareidolia was conceived based on a collective exercise of creative writing with youngsters from the territories of Sardoal, Lisbon and Évora. Its goal is to capture the manifold impacts a place has on the individual making of each person. It puts forward a creative reading of images through words and movement, resorting to the individual intuition, references, experiences and knowledge of those reading and interpreting it.
Linha de Terra is an invitation to sprout possibilities of restoring our connection to nature. It answers creative suggestions made by the youngsters involved in the project, summoning, to the same extent, the participation of human communities and some of the natural resources that can be found throughout the creative process. From nursing the sprouting of orange tree seeds from Sardoal to nursing the sprouting of the ideas by the youngsters, the piece combines and reinterprets social mores as disparate as interacting around the table or palm reading.
em espera started as a collective gathering of sounds from Évora, Lisbon and Sardoal. It becomes a reality as a phone booth where everyone can produce soundscapes based on the sounds that are available. It is an invitation to discovery through sound stimuli that seeks to give relevance and visibility to the places where the project was carried out, thus revealing that which one doesn’t usually see.
Dentes de Leitão is an Individual Arts platform that selects and promotes both renowned and emerging individualistic artists with transcendentalist values. It focuses on the reflection and discussion on the role Art plays in the Herd Society. Initially created exclusively for Bairrada artists, this project now opens itself beyond borders and summons national and international artists dedicated to topics that are contemporary and fashionable amidst the Individual Arts.
Oferta comprises a series of sculptures made with reused natural materials, such as the leftovers of extracting marble in the Alentejo region or timber found in Sardoal (cork tree, for instance). It sets itself as a giving or exchange surface for objects and gestures, and that interaction brings our attention to the implicit negotiation involved in the act of bestowing value and symbolic capital upon objects.
15h00 * Room 6
M/12 | 45 pax. | 120 min.
Including a discussion about the project
19h30 * Small Auditorium
LINHA DE TERRA
M/6 | 15 pax | 90 min.
19h30 * Room 1
Dynamic around the creating process for this piece
M/6 | 30 pax | 45 min. | Accesible between 11 am and 7 pm for one visitor at a time
Different spaces at Culturgest
DENTES DE LEITÃO
Dentes de Leitão project emerges spontaneously throughout the day in different spaces at Culturgest
11h00 * Small Auditorium Foyer
Dynamic around the creating process for this piece
M/6 | 45 pax | 45 min. | Accesible on the 21st and 22nd of January
11h00 * Room 6
M/12 | 45 pax. | 120 min.
Including a discussion about the project
15h00 * Room 1
Activity for children accompanied by adults
M/6 | 30 pax | 60 min. | Accesible between 11 am and 7 pm for one visitor at a time
16h00 * Small Auditorium
LINHA DE TERRA
M/6 | 15 pax | 120 min.
A publication with the result of the research participating in the Dandelions project is available for free download, here.
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