PAIC / VIC | 2017
Participatory Art for Invisible Communities

PAIC | 2017

Jordi Lafon, Spanish artist / Sonja Vuk, croatian artist.
Place: ACVic Centre dArts Contemporànies, Vic, Spain

This workshop is a moment of convergence between two artists, one linked to the local place and a guest artist, who will work with four groups of people connected to local organisations of a social nature: Aurora Gestió de Projectes Socials / Casal Mossèn Josep Guiteras / Centre Obert Vic / Creu Roja. Activities prior to the workshop began earlier this year, with the aim of exploring the possibility of generating artistic activities with their users, and of setting up an open space in order to dialogue with a citizenship which often ignores them.
The previous activities, were designed to build a space of trust, but also to set out the activities that each group may have interest in developing. The workshop is based in to respond questions, such as, What are our skills? What would we like to do? What could we do together as a group?

The participation is used for all? Realities and fictions

INVITED EXPERTS: Anna Dot, artist. Fabiola Mora, technical of the participation and environment education of the Ajuntament de Vic. Judit Font, a specialist in issues of participation and coordinator of the Ateneu Popular Nou Barris de Barcelona.
PAIC’S TEAM: Irena Sertic, project mannager. Josipa Bubas, project mannager assistant. Peter Purg, Eslovenian team leader. Ramon Parramon, Espanish team leader. Kristina Elisabeth Steinbock, Danish team leader.
Friday 28th April at 6 pm in ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies (Sant Francesc 1 Vic). Activity open to the public

The institutionalisation of participation has made it possible for the exercise of direct democracy to reach closer to public policy. Its expansion and popularisation means that participatory dynamics are now an absolute prerequisite before deploying many actions regarding policies or planning, turning citizens’ demands into a normalised practice. Also In the field of art, a series of artistic practices oriented in this direction has long been deployed, in which participation stands at the midpoint between, on the one hand, the activation and motivation of new audiences, and on the other, collaborative dynamics. As part of a project which embodies a willingness to experiment with these kinds of practices, we believe it is an opportune moment to ask ourselves whether participation is useful in every case, and to debate about its potential or its shortcomings.

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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