In art-based research, researchers and citizen engage in dialogue in a more horizontal relationship. The horizontality resides principally in the open creative space of art: initial questions and issues when they enter the collective creation process of art are no longer controlled by any specific agency.
All participants, researcher, artists and audience, contribute to the development of questions and counter-questions, proposals to solutions, and counter-proposals, drawing the possibility to go beyond the reflection of a given situation, or a description of existing reality. New knowledge and, ultimately, ‘reality’ can result from the collective creation. Art provides active embodiment of the narratives within a dialogical space created for action, reflection and 'becoming'. It can, thus, offer researchers different kinds of data.
Participatory Art: Voices from the Margin
This project addresses social risk, and ways to increase social resilience, by finding ways to be inclusive of youth, especially of immigrant backgrounds. We explore here new areas of collaboration between planners, emergency managers, and decision makers at municipalities to activate youth engagement in planning for community resilience.
How are social ‘risk’ issues, such as identified by researchers and policy makers in the center, perceived and experienced in the practical lives of the marginalized communities themselves? What might the ‘margin’ have to say about processes of socio-political "inclusion" or "exclusion"? And how young people are engaged with emerging crisis such as the ‘refugee crisis’.
The project employs photography and participatory performance to create ways for dialogue between young people and the society to decrease polarization and build trust between the ‘margin’ and the ‘center.' Issues of mutual responsibility learned from life-situation scenes between society, and young people are reflected in a participatory performance. The implementation takes place interactively within communities living in ‘margins’ of the city of Stockholm, specifically the northeastern suburbs Husby, Rinkeby, Tensta, and then disseminated to the wider society through video documentation.