From Participatory Art Forms to Interactive Culture

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Do participatory art forms and relational aesthetics, namely in contemporary performance art, constitute a background for the growingly interactive culture of today? Do they express the same ideals or are they different ideologies? Why is modern and contemporary culture so concerned with the spectator, be it the art lover, TV audiences, or internet user? Why, in spite of their different scopes, are media (art included) so interested in the activation and mobilization of the recipient? Mass media culture secretly dreamed with the full presence and commitment of the spectator, boldly proclaimed as full partner by modern and contemporary art and finally given effective participatory tools by digital culture. Are we truly becoming o society of producers and creators? Or rather a different type of consumers? What is the role of art in the era of the the new culture economy, where creativity equals capital?

Keywords: Particpatory Art, Relational Aesthetics, Interactive Culture
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , From Participatory Art Forms to Interactive Culture

Prof Maria Teresa Cruz

Assistant Professor, Dep. de Ciências da comunicação
Faculdade de Ciências sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Lisboa, Portugal

PhD in Communication and Arts, Assistant professor in Dep.of communication Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she teaches Image Theory, Media Aesthetics and Art Theory. She is also a Research member of the Research Center on Communication and Langiuage, and the Director of the Research Line on Communication and Arts. She created and directed (2001-2006)Interact- on Line magazine on Art, culture and Technology ( She has published mainly on the domains of comtemporary art and culture and is co-author of Crítica das Ligações na Era da Técnica, Tropismos, 2002.

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