Flower Wall Project: A Case Study in Participatory Art Utilizing Social Media

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Among the various labels for art’s social engagement that have diversified since the 1990s, “participatory art,” as first coined by Claire Bishop, theorizes and emphasizes its “participatory” rather than political characteristics. In the recent “nonviolent” tendencies of political protests around the globe, this “artistic” collaboration of citizens has been facilitated by social media, lowering the threshold for participation. This study aims to investigate this new emergent genre of art, namely “participatory art utilizing social media,” through a case study of Flower Wall Project conducted in South Korea's 2017 "Candlelight Protest." Rather than assessments based on political achievement or technological determinism, this paper seeks to lay the groundwork for establishing sophisticated evaluation criteria with a balanced perspective between esthetics, politics, and technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)
EditorsJuyong Park, Juhan Nam, Jin Wan Park
PublisherInternational Symposium on Electonic Art (ISEA)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9791187275060
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventLux Aeterna: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 22 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
http://isea2019.isea-international.org/ (Conference website)
https://isea-archives.siggraph.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ISEA2019_Proceedings.pdf (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceLux Aeterna: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
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