…what I’ve been up to lately…
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Together with Eve Vincent, presenting at this conference at COFA:
Participation and Experience: Redfern Waterloo Tour of Beauty
The desire for an active spectator-participant was a key goal of avant-garde art during the twentieth century. Rhetoric surrounding such art practice often connected “aesthetic interactivity” with the ideal of a wider participatory democracy. During the 1960s, in an attempt to overcome the separation between “art and life” which characterised the museum-based practice of much modernist art, artists like Allan Kaprow developed “Happenings” which occurred in the everyday places and rhythms of city life. Utilising the tools bequeathed by Kaprow’s Happenings, artist group SquatSpace now runs the Redfern Waterloo Tour of Beauty — wherein the “work of art” is to facilitate discussion about neighborhood life and community organising in inner-urbanSydney. This paper moves through the perennial question “but is it art?” in order to examine the Tour of Beauty as a case study of “Art as Experience” (John Dewey). This co-presentation engages two perspectives — SquatSpace collective member Lucas Ihlein talks about the making of “the tour as art”, and Eve Vincent speaks from the perspective of a participant-audience member.
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This week, I’m participating in this master class in Adelaide:
Not â€“ there: The ethics and politics of non-monumental art and design practices for/as public space.
Public space is vital for any society. For an ecologically responsible, sustainable, and democratic society the significance of public space is even greater. This significance extends to questions of the design of public space, what â€˜designâ€™ means in public space, and what the attendant art practices are that constitute a belonging or relation to public space. Whereas state citizenship is bestowed upon individuals in a top-down fashion, the democratic citizenship of public space is actively produced between individuals in their relations and encounters with each other and their environment. Democratic citizenship in public places is not forged on consensus, but a â€˜shared activityâ€™ of divergent and perhaps discordant attentions: it is an ecology. Public spaces provide a means for this ecological production.
[ speaking of public art, an interesting piece about Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc here: http://www.xcp.bfn.org/dickinson.html ]
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