Relational Art and Managing Emotions
The purpose of this paper is to examine how the relational artist uses his/her artistic skills to intervene in and influence social communities and to understand what happens to the emotions expressed in these coherences. The aim is also to investigate what happens to the artists´ creativity and artistry in an outward relational artistic work. How can the artist establish a constructive relation between his/her artistic identity and the social and emotional involvement in others doing emotional work? The paper also aims to explore how theories of emotion can contribute to an understanding of creativity as a dialectical relationship between individual and collective motivations for art based on symbolic interactionism and micro sociology.
The empirical material for the study is interviews with artists involved in artistic projects in workplaces in Sweden but also the study of non-institutionalized forms of relational aesthetics.