Reciprocity : where art meets the community : action research in response to artistic encounters and relationships

Filardo, Giuseppe (2009) Reciprocity : where art meets the community : action research in response to artistic encounters and relationships. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This practice-led research project examines some of the factors and issues facing artists working in the public domain who wish to engage with the community as audience. Using the methodology of action research, the three major creative projects in this study use art as a socio-political tool with the aim of providing an effective vehicle for broadening awareness, understanding forms of social protest and increasing tolerance for diversity. The three projects: Floodline November 7, 2004, Look in, Look out, and The Urban Terrorist Project, dealt with issues of marginalisation of communities, audiences and graffiti artists respectively. The artist/researcher is outlined as both creator and collaborator in the work. Processes included ephemeral elements, such as temporary installation and performance, as well as interactive elements that encouraged direct audience involvement as part of the work. In addition to the roles of creator and collaborator, both of which included audience as well as artist, the presence of an outside entity was evident. Whether local, legal authorities or prevailing attitudes, outside entities had an unavoidable impact on the processes and outcomes of the work. Each project elicited a range of responses from their respective audiences; however, the overarching concept of reciprocity was seen to be the crucial factor in conception, artistic methods and outcomes.

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ID Code: 30153
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Garnons-Williams, Victoria & Pedersen, Courtney
Keywords: hit, graf, piece, bomb, tag, taggers, urban terrorist, community, flooding, mural, public art, Artforce, street art, writer, reciprocity, action, response, encounter, artistic, journey, engage
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2010 23:22
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:54

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