There is more and more of them: art projects that appear in the public space, engaging – or in some cases annoying – a broad and sometimes unprepared audience. It is time to reflect on this. The conference on art in the public space and digital media forms is held May 17-18, 2013 at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk.
One thing that has recently stirred up the discourse in the Tri-City (Gdynia-Sopot-Gdansk) area is the growing number of festival-like projects with a more or less populist profile appearing in the urban space. The festivals vary in form and purpose but what they all share is the common air of an ephemeral event.
Often dubbed interventions in the public space, their aim is to familiarise the average viewer with art.
The conference will penetrate questions like: What about the responsibility to local communities involuntarily exposed to and involved in such activities? What strategies, if any, could be employed to initiate cooperation with all those locals who experience thousands of strangers flooding their streets in a quest for artistic projects? And last but not least – what is the public space as such, since it no longer embraces merely the urban space?
The invited curators and artists will share their experience with projects in the public space.
However, it is the inhabitants invited by the organisers who will remain at the centre of the discussion, both those accepting and rejecting such projects.
Art in the public space – festival or not ?
A conference on art in the public domain and digital media will be a part of the international Art Line project.
17 – 18 May, 2013
Venue: the Baltic Sea Culture Centre, Korzenna Str. 33/35, Gdansk
The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Ingemar Lönnbom, information officer at Art Line:
cell phone +46 708 310392
Within Sweden: 0708 310392
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