Create News 17: Chrissie Tiller on The Spectrum of Participation

 

The Spectrum of Participation - CREATE: NEWS 17 - October 2014

Chrissie Tiller on The Spectrum of Participation

“It’s one of the great joys of travel, and indeed life, to come across something so unexpected and mind-bendingly wonderful in the midst of what appears to be the bleakest of places, that one’s ideas of what’s possible change entirely.”1

Thinking about this piece on the spectrum of practice I believe is art and participation, I am indulging in ‘useful’ procrastination. Today it takes the form of flicking through a Lonely Planet Guide. Then I come across the statement above. It is indeed one of life’s unexpected ‘joys’, that what I go on to read is about a small town in Sicily called Favara. Previously known for two things, ‘some of the highest unemployment in Italy’ and its ‘many ugly buildings’, for the past four years lawyers Andrea Bartoli and Florinda Saieva have been transforming it, through participatory arts practice, to, ‘a better piece of the world, a small community committed to inventing new ways of thinking and living.’

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1. Lonely Planet: Sicily, p. 249