A new direction for Banksy

Banksy has been most well known for adding his own brand of poetic street art to public spaces and toying with the establishment by altering classic imagery.

Site Specific Public Art?

Merce Cunningham’s Ocean @ the Rainbow Quarry in St. Cloud, MN

We heard about it for months – the biggest performance piece of the year to take place on the grandest scale. Merce Cunningham’s epic choreography set to the music of Andrew Culver and electronic score by David Tudor with the Rainbow Quarry as the backdrop.

The backdrop?

While it’s true that no one claimed the piece was site specific, the two hour drive from the cities, the mysterious bus ride down into the quarry, and the PR image of a dancer standing amongst the rocks heightened my expectations. To discover a giant sound stage set up in the middle of the quarry somewhat dulled my curiosity. It became clear that the quarry was the environment for the piece not the inspiration.

Does it matter? Not really. It was still an amazing presentation by one of the granddaddies of dance. The company was polished and the 150 members of St. Cloud’s Symphony orchestra must have had a blast. The Quarry while not completely integrated into the piece became quiet an interesting audience member. A foreboding sci-fi landscape complete with the full moon ducking in and out of the clouds. An extra special treat was the abrupt stop of the performance due to rain twenty minuets before the completion of the piece. John Cage (project co-producer) would have been tickled.

But most importantly it lead me to question, what is site-specific public art? In a culture where we are inundated with experiences made to be accessed at our leisure via TVO and You Tube, the importance of place becomes relevant. What kind of expectations do we have for things that decide to utilize untraditional spaces? Are those expectations justified? Is it really the artists job to live up to what we might imagine could be done in that space? And what about the implications of private entities mimicking the form of site specific practices in public spaces?

Other inspirations…
Eiko & Koma – River
Improve Everywhere – Food Court Musical
Body Cartography – ROOM

Forecast 2009 grant program

Forecast Public Art is excited to announce the call for applications for our 2009 Annual Grant Program for emerging public artists.

Visit http://www.forecastpublicart.org/grants-program-info.php for application and program details. You are also welcome to contact melinda@forecastpublicart with questions.

Art(ists) On the Verge applications closed

Applications for the 2008 Art(ists) On the Verge program are now closed. If you have any questions, email AOV@northern.lights.mn. To be informed of the AOV artists selected and about future opportunities, subscribe to the Northern Lights newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Art(ists) On the Verge deadline

Apply today by midnight CST, Monday, September 8, 2008.

Find out more about Art(ists) On the Verge. Apply by midnight CST, Monday, September 8, 2008.

AOV jurors announced

Northern Lights is pleased to announce the jurors for the Art(ists) On the Verge (AOV) commissions:

Along with Northern Lights Executive Director, Steve Dietz, this distinguished jury will review AOV submissions and selected artists will be announced shortly after September 23.

Call for proposals: Art(ists) on The Verge

In September, 2008, Northern Lights, with the support of the Jerome Foundation and fiscal sponsor Forecast Public Art, will commission 6 new works for Minnesota-based, emerging artists as part of Art(ists) On the Verge, The call for submissions is open and available here. For more information contact AOV[at]northern[dot]lights[dot]mn.

The press release is also available.

Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 8, 2008

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