Art + Democracy
William Doherty (MA Interaction Design, Malmö University, Sweden)
Using public, participatory art to enhance democracy and political participation
This concept harnesses art’s potential for social change by taking advantage of the new ways technology can facilitate deeper engagement with citizens, utilising the potential of public, participatory art to enhance democracy and political participation. Drawing upon the aesthetic thought of philosopher John Dewey this concept envisions a future practice in which art functions in a communicative and activist manner within society. Expressions by citizens function as seeds to bring civic issues to conscious deliberation, and help set public policy priorities.
The concept focuses on two key areas where artistic expression is used. Firstly, in the formulation and communication of issues of concern and secondly in community organising for creative participation in addressing these issues.