Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The SEVEN: Draw Your Days 2011 is here. After being absent last year, I came back this year. I agree with my good friend Tita who organized this event. “It’s a good distraction from clicking and tapping on your gadgets all day!” I’m glad I participated (scroll down to directly see my drawing without reading my rambling on participatory culture).
Check out the “SEVEN” blog and you’ll find out that many enthusiastic artists and non-artists participated. It’s an evidence that participatory culture in art production does work! Here, I feel I need to emphasize that we should not judge this phenomenon merely from its products. Rather, participatory culture in art should be mostly seen as a process. Even though personally I have my own standard on how ‘good’ good art should be, in a collective participatory event such as “SEVEN” our judgement shouldn’t rest on the ‘standard’ but on the process where the collective acts and produce together and on the intangible experiential component embedded in it. Besides, there’s a pleasure in participating collectively, especially when you see the collective result (and your own production as part of it). Indeed in “In Defense of Crud”, Jenkins (2007), too, thinks along a similar line. Here I summarize his points: Continue reading