PAIC – BEST PRACTICE FOR SUSTAINABLE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Moving away from ateliers and object oriented art, provoking, criticizing, creating utopias as well as solutions to different conditions of society, during 20th century, artists have stepped into communities, into life, working relentlessly on changing relationship between audience and art. In some cases, and on a small scale, communities together with artists have made transformation of problems into capacities possible, relentlessly brainstorming ideas, developing tools, mechanisms and possibilities to articulate and express specific interests and needs. This transformed audience /community members into active agents of creation, working together to build more creative and open surrounding, while transforming environment and community through art. Participatory Art domain is understood as space for change of perspectives and transformation of everyday situations /issues into the new ways of understanding and participating community life, at the same time building platform for continual and sustainable development. That is how the PAIC team understands Participatory Art umbrella term, having in mind its multiple practices and different methodologies and approaches.
Learning from each other step by step while developing new participatory art methodology – the one that is derived from community and is for community – PAIC works on empowering and encouraging invisible communities to use artistic means to build their capacities and mechanisms of active involvement, better connections and answer specific needs. Artists and creative practitioners together with local people work on the revival, renewal and reactivation of cultural resources through projects based on a combination of co-creative media methods and collective, personal and historical knowledge. By breathing in new vitality, skills and knowledge, PAIC hopes to injects new sparks of creativity enabling inhabitants to take further initiatives in finding solutions for improving quality of life and thus ensure the sustainability of cultural practices of invisible communities, inspiring cultural regeneration and development, as well as strengthening the community identity through renewable culture.
Hoping to find new way/approach in the rich field of participatory art, PAIC’s puts the community and its specific needs at the top of project’s priorities. Apart from organization of public events such as dialogue-based workshops; collective show exhibition and public programs, the PAIC team works on comparative contextual study, video documentary; PAIC curriculum; case-studies and an e-book with the aim to promote creative practices relevant to future policies toward deprived communities that will protect, stimulate and enrich people’s identity and their cultural capacity development.