The Places and Paradoxes of Participation

Samson, K. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


The presentation discussed various places of participation. How is it linked to an empowerment of people and how participatory spaces are linked to spatial, aesthetical and social powers. Viewers or citizens are often encouraged to engage but an invitation is constructed by artists, curators, cultural institutions. So what is the space of participation, how does it model our engagement and what are the empowering infrastructures – economical, technical, political, spatial – when we are invited to participate. Through various examples from contemporary art and culture, the talk will discuss paradoxes of this phenomenon as a distributed but disguised power.
Period27 Jan 2017
Event titleThe Places and Paradoxes of Participation
Event typeSymposium
LocationAarhus, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • participatory art
  • activism
  • art in public
  • Spatial design
  • place-making
  • Event culture