The Cartography of Participatory Arts Practice and the Art Museum is a one-year pilot project in collaboration with Tate and the University of Exeter, which aims to investigate how digital technology might support the documentation of experiences of participatory arts engagement.
Participatory art is a term that describes a form of art that directly engages the audience in the creative process so that they become participants in the event. The Cartography study is timely for Tate as it wishes to address urgently what is perceived to be a gap in knowledge about an under-representation of socially engaged participatory art practices in the art museum.
The pilot project will explore the following research questions:
Additionally, the following questions will be of relevance:
The main outcome of the pilot project will be the prototype of an online interactive platform used to host an evolving visual and textual repository of documentary materials, memories, ideas and perceptions of participatory art practices associated with art museums. This one-year experiment will provide the preliminary insights for the further development of the prototype into a working platform open to the public.