Audience agency in participatory performance: a methodology for examining aesthetic experience

Breel, A (2015) 'Audience agency in participatory performance: a methodology for examining aesthetic experience.' Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 12 (1). pp. 368-387. ISSN 1749-8716

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Abstract

Participatory performance enables audiences to make changes and contribute to the work, which means that their experience and responses become part of the aesthetic of the performance. This creates a particular live experience that needs more investigation in order to better understand the way participation works. This paper will set out and evaluate an audience research methodology developed specifically for participatory performance as an aesthetic form, to complement the audience research done on applied participatory practices, which tends to focus on instrumental outcomes. The methodology focuses on the experience of the participant as an aesthetic element of the performance and consists of three parts: participant observation during the performance, audience responses after the performance and a memory study. By examining the aesthetic experience of the participants we can gain a better understanding of participatory performance as a genre. This paper will discuss the first experiment of the methodology with a case study focusing on agency in 'I Wish I Was Lonely' by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe.

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