Since the beginning of the new millennium, the programming performing arts sector in Portugal has expanded, and also become a test laboratory for social questions, jointly shared by the artistic community, specialists from the different social domains and the general public. Various authors in different fields are researching or have made important contributions to explaining this kind of expansion in participation appeal, such as Claire Bishop, Hal Foster, Suzanne Lacy, in the Arts, Jacques Ranciére, in philosophy, or Richard Sennett and Jeffrey Alexander, in sociology, among others. To discuss this process, I will analyse the wasteland Vegetable Garden, Horta do Baldio, which grew out of the artistic programme, Mais para menos do que para mais (or More for Less than for More) that took place in Lisbon in the period from April to June 2014Today, this ephemeral and utopian green space in the centre of Lisbon still exists with the participation of the community. As one of the participants and ‘guardians’ of this project, I will analyse in this chapter, from one methodological strategy of research‐action, not only this process of participatory citizenship but also the role of art and culture in the sustainable development of a city.
|Title of host publication||Redefining art worlds in late modernity|
|Editors||Paula Guerra, Pedro Costa|
|Place of Publication||Porto|
|Publisher||Universidade do Porto|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Madeira, C. (2016). Art programming as a test laboratory for social questions: The case of Horta do Baldio, a vegetable garden for agri+culture. In P. Guerra, & P. Costa (Eds.), Redefining art worlds in late modernity (pp. 271-287). Porto: Universidade do Porto.