The Art of Reconstructing a Shared Responsibility: Institutional Work of a Transnational Commons

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A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa
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2018
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en
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21
157-177
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Knowledge and Institutions, Volume 13, Knowledge and Space
Abstract
The author examines how the production of art may constitute an important form of institutional work and legitimating rhetoric for institutional change. With a case study on the design process of a work of art calling to mind the common responsibility to protect the Baltic Sea, she identifies three mechanisms through which an artistic form of institutional work is performed. They are (a) creating emotional response by generating a sense of nostalgia over a lost common experience,(b) educating by constructing a mnemonic device that educates the audience and constructs the commons as a shared category, and (c) empowering that gives marginalized actors power to participate in protecting the commons. The study shows how artists, through their art, contribute to the creation of a shared material and symbolic space that helps construct mutual responsibility for collective resources such as the world’s seas and oceans.
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Institutional work, visual and material, emotion, art, positive institutional work
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Ritvala , T 2018 , The Art of Reconstructing a Shared Responsibility: Institutional Work of a Transnational Commons . in Knowledge and Institutions . vol. 13 , Knowledge and Space , vol. 13 , Springer , Heidelberg , pp. 157-177 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75328-7_8