RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

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144 Public Art and Common Spaces
Convenor(s) Rachel Alliston (Artist)
Frances Edgerley (Assemble)
Nathan Koren (Podaris and Futurescaper)
Tom Snow (University College London, UK)
Dea Vanagan (Situations / Artwise)
Victor Wang (Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF))
Chair(s) Dea Vanagan (Situations / Artwise)
Timetable Wednesday 27 August 2014, Session 4 (16:50 - 18:30)
Room Sherfield Building, Room 10
Session abstract In response to the RGS-IBG theme of ‘Geographies of Co-Production’, we propose a panel discussion on contemporary public art and an interdisciplinary approach to developing engaging public spaces. The panel will explore the social impact of collaborative efforts between artists, designers, writers and architects. The panel will also investigate the different perspectives of the curators, community organizers, planners, activists, and citizens with whom artists work in partnership. The influence and restrictions of planning permissions, city approvals, funding constraints, digital interfaces, and grants will be touched upon to highlight how such portals are shaping the potentials of public art and interactive social spaces.
The urban field will be seen as a generative space plied by individual and collective efforts. In the case of the urbanite-maker who works in and with the built city, public space serves as a site of intersection between one’s social life and professional practice. The panel will in turn consider the effects of such environments on the local denizen who exercises the commons without design. Via specific examples, the ways in which spaces formed through interdisciplinary efforts have encouraged positive developments in certain areas and groups will be discussed.

Each of our panel members has developed a standing combinatory of several specialties, and it will be in the amalgamation of their experience and knowledge that we will consider productive practices and creative uses of cultural space, public projects and their potential trajectories for the near future.

Sponsored by decad, a not-for-profit art space in Berlin focusing on discourse and public works.
Contact the conference organisers to request a change to session or paper details: AC2014@rgs.org
Public Space and an Interdisciplinary Approach
Rachel Alliston (Artist)
Frances Edgerley (Assemble)
Nathan Koren (Podaris and Futurescaper)
Tom Snow (University College London, UK)
Dea Vanagan (Situations / Artwise)
Victor Wang (Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF))
In response to the RGS-IBG theme of ‘Geographies of Co-Production’, we propose a panel discussion on contemporary public art and an interdisciplinary approach to developing engaging public spaces. The panel will explore the social impact of collaborative efforts between artists, designers, writers and architects. The panel will also investigate the different perspectives of the curators, community organizers, planners, activists, and citizens with whom artists work in partnership. The influence and restrictions of planning permissions, city approvals, funding constraints, digital interfaces, and grants will be touched upon to highlight how such portals are shaping the potentials of public art and interactive social spaces.
The urban field will be seen as a generative space plied by individual and collective efforts. In the case of the urbanite-maker who works in and with the built city, public space serves as a site of intersection between one’s social life and professional practice. The panel will in turn consider the effects of such environments on the local denizen who exercises the commons without design. Via specific examples, the ways in which spaces formed through interdisciplinary efforts have encouraged positive developments in certain areas and groups will be discussed.

Each of our panel members has developed a standing combinatory of several specialties, and it will be in the amalgamation of their experience and knowledge that we will consider productive practices and creative uses of cultural space, public projects and their potential trajectories for the near future.