'Who's afraid of the public?'

4 Apr 2013 – 4 May 2013

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Cost of entry

£12 / £10 concessions / £8 ICA Members / £5 Student Members

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross

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Despite all the yearning for new publics and the attempts to include ever wider and more diverse audiences, one has to suspect that these are mere gestures of inclusion driven by the desire to produce visitor numbers rather than constituting a public. If participation is the new spectacle, as Diedrich Diedrichsen once provocatively stated, how are we then to go beyond the given proliferation of art communication, mediation, and education? This symposium explores the social, cultural and political challenges surrounding public participation in relation to social media and examines the strategies and experiments that engage audiences within different rhythms and reflections in the public arena. In collaboration with Reading University (in association with University of the Arts Zurich)


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