Mirror Palace of Democracy


A peer reviewed article analysing the Mirror Palace of Democracy installation first presented in the Participation Matters exhibition at the NeMe Arts Centre has been published in Vol 14 (2020) of the International Journal of Communication. The article first discusses five approaches that aim to transcend, complement, or overturn the hegemony of the written academic text. These five approaches are:

  1. the cluster of science communication, science popularization, and knowledge dissemination;
    # the cluster of knowledge exchange, and participatory, transformative, and interventionist (action) research;
  2. multimodal academic communication;
  3. the cluster of visual anthropology and visual sociology; and
  4. arts-based research. As each approach deals with (overcoming) the hegemony of the written academic text differently, the first part of the article details these approaches.

In the second part, the Mirror Palace of Democracy installation experiment, which had the explicit objective of moving beyond the written academic text while still remaining in the realm of academic knowledge communication, is autoethnographically analysed. The experiment allowed reflection on the integrated and iterative nature of academic communication, on the hybrid academic–artistic identity, and on the diversification of publics. Both the theoretical discussion on the five approaches and the Mirror Palace of Democracy installation are part of a call for more experimentation with, and theorization of, multimodal and/or arts-based academic communication.

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