Parafiction in un quartiere di Matera. Su un possibile contributo dell'arte contemporanea come metodo d'analisi della città | Ciaravella | Visual Ethnography

Parafiction in un quartiere di Matera. Su un possibile contributo dell'arte contemporanea come metodo d'analisi della città

Fabio Ciaravella

Abstract


Can Parafiction be used as a urban and public space investigation methodology?
Considering spread art's interest in actual urban and public space issues and looking at growing consideration of many academic fields towards art methodologies as a research tool, this paper will try to find out if contemporary, social and politically engaged art genre Parafiction could be used as analytic methodology for public space and urban field.
Applying Lambert-Beatty's Parafiction definition on a case study in Matera, research will attempt to describe strength and weak points of using Parafiction as a knowledge method for space analysis and participatory processes.
Outcome will show good possibilities to apply this art genre as a shifting knowledge tool, but too few case studies are still evaluable in order to consider Parafiction a proved methodology. Nevertheless Parafiction potentialities confirm a usefulness of art in qualitative urban studies.

Keywords


parafiction; city; Matera; public space; participatory methods; interdisciplinarity; qualitative research

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12835/ve2014.2-0037

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Matera, numero di registrazione 2/2014