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participation as consumption?

...Hirschhorn frequently asserts that he is not interested in 'participation' or 'community art' or 'relational aesthetics' as labels for his work, preferring the label 'Presence and Production' to describe his approach to Public Space:
"I want to work out an alternative to this lazy, lousy 'democratic' and 'demagogic' term 'Participation.' I am not for 'Participating-art,' it's so stupid because every old painting makes you more Participating than today's 'Participating-art,' because first of all real participation is the participation of thinking. Participation is only another word for consumption!"

Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, p.264

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