Inventing rituals, inhabiting places: Ritual and community in public art
Jones, R. (2009) Inventing rituals, inhabiting places: Ritual and community in public art. Journal of Arts and Communities, 1 (2). pp. 147-167. ISSN 1757-1936
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jaac.1.2.147/1
Based on the public art projects for Holy Hiatus 2008, this article explores the possibilities for ritual to be employed creatively in public art practice, and to examine the ways that artists can draw audiences into unexpected and potentially ‘liminal’ experiences of place through ritual. This article integrates the findings from interviews with 12 audience members with theoretical understandings of ritual (anthropology, sociology, cultural, communication theory). The article also explores how experiencing rituals in places that are familiar might alter our perception of place in exciting and challenging ways.