The Citizens' Exhibition: A Combination of Socio-scientific, Participative and Artistic Elements

  • Birgit Böhm nexus Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung GmbH
  • Heiner Legewie Technische Universität Berlin
  • Hans-Liudger Dienel Technische Universität Berlin
Keywords: Citizens' Exhibition, participation, photography, action research, city and regional research, community psychology

Abstract

Through its incorporation of socio-scientific, participative and artistic elements, the "Citizens' Exhibition" is an example of how applied performative social science can be implemented. The method was created by teaching qualitative methods and community psychology approaches in courses for students of psychology in the 1990's. The Citizens' Exhibition combines qualitative methods, such as interview and text interpretation, with artistic-aesthetic methods, such as photography and film, to form an integrated concept. In the tradition of action research, the practice is applied in the exploration of societal issues. The Citizens' Exhibition supports dialogue and furthering communication processes between the stakeholders through the presentation of diverse perspectives. In this regard, the staging of the exhibition opening has a particular importance. The following article about the Citizens' Exhibition presents the practice's origin and history in the first section and, in the second section, offers an introduction to the individual methodological steps. In the third section, various Citizens' Exhibitions are described as illustrations of the method. The last section discusses the vision of the Citizens' Exhibition, its performative component, strengths and limitations, considers the results of an existing evaluation study and looks at the future uses of the practice. Particular regard should be paid here to a combination of methods that enable a long-term participation effect, the expansion of participatory possibilities for the research subjects, and experimentation with additional artistic methods. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802337

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Author Biographies

Birgit Böhm, nexus Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung GmbH
Birgit BÖHM is a psychologist and works as a social scientist at the nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research in Berlin on cooperative and participative processes, consulting, project-, organisational- and community development and qualitative methods.
Heiner Legewie, Technische Universität Berlin
Heiner LEGEWIE (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/legewie-e.htm) is consulting scientist at the Center for Technology and Society of the Berlin University of Technology. His work focuses on qualitative and participative methods in health promotion, organizational and community development.
Hans-Liudger Dienel, Technische Universität Berlin
Hans-Liudger DIENEL (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/beirat/dienel-e.htm) is heading both the Center for Technology and Society of the Berlin University of Technology and the nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research in Berlin. His research focuses on the development of cooperative and participative processes for government, science, economy and society.
Published
2008-05-31

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