The art of participatory video: Relational aesthetics in artistic collaborations

Thomas, Verena & Britton, Kate (2012) The art of participatory video: Relational aesthetics in artistic collaborations. In Milne, E.-J., Mitchell, C., & De Lange, N. (Eds.) The Handbook of Participatory Video. AltaMira Press, Lanham, MD, pp. 208-224.

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Abstract

Participatory video is a complex phenomenon that remains difficult to characterize. Not only does it often involve a variety of stakeholders, but also a variety of technical and conceptual challenges and decision making processes. Discourse around participatory video has engaged with many of these issues, although has predominantly emerged from the field of development communication. Here, discussion often centres on processes of cultural representation purported to ‘empower’ the groups being represented, which in turn breeds a dinstinction between a group to be ‘empowered’, and a facilitator who will provide the tools and environment with which this empowerment will be possible. Less discussed are the creative, artisitic and inherently collaborative processes that both participants and facilitators engage in, and the impact of aesthetics on practices of communication and representation. This chapter seeks to move beyond narratives of empowerment and the complex questions raised by these narratives, towards a space where participatory video is conceived not only as the redressing of a perceived power hierarchy, but also as the creative genesis of new modes of collective expression.

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ID Code: 99950
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Participatory Video, Relational Aesthetics, Co-creativity, Arts-based research
ISBN: 9780759121133
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > International and Development Communication (200103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2016 05:30
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 04:59

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