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Former Workspace artist Pablo Helguera wins The International Award for Participatory Art

Conferenza Combinatoria. Participatory performance organized by Pablo Helguera at neon campobase, Bologna, Italy 2010.

Conferenza Combinatoria. Participatory performance organized by Pablo Helguera at neon campobase, Bologna, Italy 2010.

Former Workspace artist Pablo Helguera has won the first edition of The International Award for Participatory Art. The Award, a biennial project promoted by the Legislative Assembly of the Region Emilia-Romagna, is dedicated to artists with an outstanding experience in participatory art projects. The three finalists of the award, chosen from a list of 18 artists nominated by curators, critics and artists from all over the world, had to develop a project idea to be realised in the city of Bologna, Italy in 2011. Helguera's project was chosen from a short list of three proposals submitted by the winner and the other two finalists Mel Chin and Jeanne van Heeswijk. The award consists in the prize of 15,000 EUR and a budget of 30,000 EUR to create the project.

Helguera's project for Bologna, called Ælia Media, consists in creating a nomadic cultural journalism institute and broadcast center, as an alternative arts multimedia channel. The project will function in two capacities: one, as a training ground for currently active and aspiring cultural producers, and second, as a temporary broadcast program in a variety of media (video, radio, print and web) with a primary emphasis on user-generated content (consumer-generated media) using live participation methods as well as online social networks.

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