An Installation is a setting that provides a specific context for a topic of discussion, which can help the general public to formulate an opinion on a topic they might never have been aware of before, and give them a space to collect their thoughts on a specific topic or issue, and perhaps share with others.
- Adult citizens
- Children 3-6
- Children 7-12
You can do it with all those groups, but we did it with professionals from different fields like public engagement or the cultural and creative sector.
An installation of some type creates a physical context that can be identified and characterized in relation to a specific topic, and also provides an opportunity for an audience to get together at a particular place and time to discuss their thoughts. A well-planned installation can appeal to a variety of people of different ages and interests, and with some facilitation, this audience has an opportunity to share their opinions on a topic with one another.
You can present and show questions that can trigger dialogue and discussions and facilitate the collection of expectations, opinions, and visions from the participants on the topics covered by the installation.
- Think about the topic of your installation and create an installation around this. You may want to collaborate with local artists and researchers to create an art installation on a piece of scientific research for example.
- Decide on a venue
- Consider what materials or technical requirements you need
- Promote your activity
- Set aside some time for a group discussion with your audience, have some talking points prepared.
Have a pinboard or somewhere where people can leave thoughts and doodle. Consider having a social scientist ask questions and conduct interviews while the installation is open to the public.