Participation - Currently no debate

General definition:

Participation in social science refers to different mechanisms for the public to express opinions - and ideally exert influence - regarding political, economic, management or other social decisions.

Participation (ownership), sharing something in common with others.

(wikipedia entry)


Participation is war. Just look at most situations in the workplace, in academia, or in cultural institutions. Any form of participation is already a form of conflict.

(Markus Miessen, The Nightmare of Participation. p.53)


Participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility. The dilemma of participation/collaboration implies a closed system in which the options available for choice, and those who represent them, cannot be challenged.

(Markus Miessen, The Nightmare of Participation. p.9)


Good Participation: We say participation is good when participants are and remember..join..are transformed..come back for more. 



I define a participatory cultural institution as a place where visitors can create, share, and connect with each other around content.



When we talk about participatory art today we often think of it as consensual and collaborative, but when you look back to the Futurist artists their notion of participation was designed to provoke, scandalize and agitate the public.

(Claire Bishop:


Currently no practice associated to this term.