PAIC / SØRO | 2017
Participatory Art for Invisible Communities

Mads Bech Paluszewski-Hau, Danish sound artist / Helene Thuemmel, Austrian artist.
Place: Art Museum Kunstnergården, Dianalund, Denmark

The aim of the workshop was to create wider awareness and recognition of the possiblities for collaboration between the local school, Holbergskolen, and the local art museums; Kunstnergården and Sorø Kunstmuseum. Throughout five-day workshop two volunteers from Kunstnergården,  Danish sound artist, Mads Bech Paluszewski-Hau and Austrian artist, Helene Thuemmel engaged 24 7th grade students (13-14 y.) in artistically creative learning processes and gave new life to Kunstnergården with five new audio works and visual art works.

The 24 students, who worked in five groups, created five artworks of different nature, and each in their own way contributed to new life on Kunstnergården. The works were shown for students, parents, PAlC team members, the volunteers from Kunstnergården and other interested people from the local area at an opening on Thursday of February from 16-18 p.m. More than 65 people attended the opening.

In many ways – and on many levels – this workshop aimed to illustrate that when people are being listened to and when something makes sense and becomes meaningful, it opens up the mind and willingness to create new perspectives and new partnerships – the invisible became visible.

The PAIC workshop at Kunstnergården was also funded by The Danish Art Council and The Cultural – and School Organisation, Middle – and West Sealand.

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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