Participatory Art for Invisible Communities

PAIC | 2017

Marica Grgurinović, Croatian artist / Christian Liljedahl, Danish artist
Place: Komiza, Croatia

Artists Marica Grgurinović and Christian Liljedahl will work with local people on the revival, renewal, reactivation and highlighting of cultural resources through activities based on a combination of creativity and collective, personal and historical knowledge, emphasising historical heritage, combining tradition and innovation. The general objectives of the workshop will be to incite cultural regeneration by preserving heritage and developing a new sense of cultural identity in a form of renewable culture – a culture of island’s community that is able to survive and transform places by breathing in vitality.

The island of Vis and the town of Komiza represent particular topologies within both Croatian and Adriatic geographical and historical context and within the wider Mediterranean cultural-historical and geo-political environment. They have a lot to offer as their current identity is the result of cultural stratification that occurred over the centuries. Thus preserving heritage as the evidence of their past and their local culture has intrinsic value and can act as a strong bound element in people’s lives. Building a sense of belonging and strong common identity will create a strong sense of place as a set of cultural, emotional and cognitive experiences and practices that link people to the place and shape the way they interact. In this context, it is important to ensure that  local cultural values are enhanced and that past, present and future are mediated by culture to give island’s locations special ‘feel’ and characteristics that make them authentic and unique.

In the current situation when the island of Vis is becoming a scene and backdrop of both – Greek island and musical Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, so the places is invided by Hollywood film makers, this workshop will addresses the impact of such phenomenon on local society, including the arenas in which cultural heritage is preserved, held, collected, exhibited, presented and exists in the context of conflict between need to preserve island’s culture and increase commercial value with development of film tourism as a possible side effect of Holywoodization of the island.

The challenge will be to explore the effectiveness as well as problems of participatory approach and the way how it can be put into the practice when “the society of spectacle” and very powerful film industry turn the island’s cultural life upside down, threatening to replace the essential historic authenticity with fake authenticity and turning filming into symbolic capital of destination.

PAIC Participatory Art for Invisible Communities is a multidisciplinary project, based upon methodologies which combine artistic practices with collective community participation. Its mission is to strengthen cultural identity in isolated or invisible contexts.It combines research and the activation of processes with short- and medium-term actions, involving local agents (individuals and various organisations), artists (those who form part of the local context, and/or those invited to join), the organising partnership ( the four countries involved) and collaborating institutions (linked to their localities).

PAIC objectives are to promote contemporary art within a social and territorial context; to enhance elements of identity and culture; to enhance teamwork and interpersonal relationships; to develop an artistic project among a variety of participants who form part of their local communities; and to generate interdisciplinary work between local and foreign artists.

PAIC takes place in Komiza (Croatia), Søro (Denmark), Osek (Slovenia) and Vic (Spain), and it is co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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