How can there be beauty in participatory art?

  • Falk Heinrich Aalborg University


The article proposes a notion of beauty that is relevant to participatory art and culture. The article emphasizes the experiential aspect of the concept of beauty, identifying this part as enacted intensity, in which all heterogeneous constituents create moments of experienced unity. Unity is not understood as static phenomena but as a cycle of intensity and release that relate to (inter)action and understanding. The article elaborates an experiential unity of beauty based on Deleuze and Gadamer. Höller’s Test Site and Seghal’s This Success/This Failure serve as concrete works of art to test, validate, and specify the proposed theory.