First, here’s Charles Leadbetter’s thoughts on inclusivity and participation:
[Now] people are after a mix of three experiences… a mix of enjoy (being entertained and served), talk (a focal point for socialising) and do (they want to get involved, have a go, do their bit). The lines between these are not rigid.
The web’s significance is that it encourages people to adopt new habits and roles, as collaborators, editors, distributors, and creators of content.
The web encourages us to think and act WITH people. The principle underlying the web is the idea of endless, lateral connection.
The avant garde of the 21st century will have as its principle: combine and connect. The web will encourage a culture in which art encourages relationships and promotes interaction, encourages people to be part of the art, if only in a small way.
It is a digital version of a folk culture in which authorship is shared and cumulative rather than individualistic.
It is art as a conversation.
Art is not simply the result of self expression by the artists of a preconceived idea but a result of communication with the audience and other partners in the process.
An arts venue is a site for creative interaction and communication.
The web might open up who can contribute to the process of artistic creation, widen the definition of who is an artist.
Now here’s some interesting examples of work that we feel are inventively participatory and which encourage a feeling of inclusivity. Any other inspiring examples?:
Main Image: the amazing John Bulmer. Here’s a link so that you can see more.