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      Connections: Participatory art as a factor for social cohesion

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      Proceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020)

      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

      6th July – 9th July 2020

      Media art, Participatory art, Art and health, Art and wellbeing

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          The potential for participatory arts to contribute to mental health and wellbeing has been subject of parliamentary debates, all-party interparliamentary reports, research by the Arts Council of England, as well as academic research. Often, these questions stand in the light of accountability of Art, of measurable societal benefit, not at least to justify funding decisions and institutional support. Criticism of this quantitative reading of participatory arts centres around limitations in measuring social connectedness and its benefits, as well as other side-effects of reductionism (Bishop 2012). This paper presents four recent media arts projects aiming to contribute to social cohesion through a multitude of strategies. This paper discusses the potential of media arts to contribute to social connectedness as well as challenges in measuring their success.

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          Conference
          July 2020
          July 2020
          : 189-197
          Affiliations
          National Centre for Computer

          Animation, London, UK
          Independent Author

          London, UK
          Artist

          Ericeira, Portugal
          Bournemouth University

          Geneva, Switzerland
          Artist

          Lisbon, Portugal
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EVA2020.35
          © Gingrich et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2020

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Proceedings of EVA London 2020
          EVA 2020
          30
          London
          6th July – 9th July 2020
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
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          Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning and Development Ltd
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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