Echa Lucimia. Idea sztuki społecznej a współczesne praktyki społeczno-artystyczne
Echoes of Lucim. The Idea of Social Art and Contemporary Socio-artistic Practices
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In this text social art, previously explored both by such artists as members of Grupa Działania in Poland, Joseph Beuys in Germany, or Suzanne Lacy in the United States, as well as sociologists, e.g. – perhaps most famously – Pierre Bourdieu in France, is defined as an enclave of civil society. As such, it can be distinguished by five interrelated characteristics: the public objective of activity and its broad range of addressees, the inclusive way the addressees are engaged in such activity – as creators or recipients of art, the social location of activity – outside both the art world and public cultural institutions, and the civic qualities of activity. This theoretical framework (a sensitizing concept) of social art is juxtaposed with thirteen empirical types of corresponding contemporary socio-artistic practices (participatory, interventionist, cooperative, collective, amateur, etc.), which “echo”, metaphorically speaking, the ideal developed by their predecessors in the 1970s–1990s.
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