Contemporary art is increasingly “untethered” and moves from the white cube of the gallery to any site – including the virtual – to engage the public in its own realm. Public art is an ever-expanding field of inquiry, with artists of all stripes exploring the public realm. Beyond murals, monuments, memorials (and the occasional mime) public art has become a vibrant and engaging practice. From the spectacular to the quotidian, permanent to ephemeral, sited to virtual, material to performative, conceptual to cinematic, we believe there are unprecedented opportunities for new art practices in our shared environment. This is the critical focus of Public Address.
The Responsive City – Fact or Fiction?
CAA 2011 Conference
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On site at the Hilton Conference Center, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
Free and open to the public
This panel will examine the experience of artists and presenters with large-scale, long-term interactive art in the public sphere and the pragmatic, conceptual and philosophical issues such projects engender.
Steve Dietz, Barbara Goldstein, Cameron McNall, Ben Rubin, Mark Shepard
First skyscraper – design fiction?
“Design fiction . . . creates material artifacts that force conversations and suspend one’s disbelief in what is possible. It’s a way of imagining a different kind of world by outlining the contours, rendering the artifacts as story props, then using them to imagine.”–Julian Bleecker
Art for Animals
Twenty-five artists, architects, and designers were initially invited to propose custom designed habitats for animal residents of the Presidio in San Francisco, and eleven site-specific commissions are presented as part of the Presidio Habitats exhibition. While a few of the playfully constructed sculptures were populated by visitors, all too soon it became clear that many of the installations were monuments to dead, displaced, or disappeared creatures, not unlike the rows of white gravesites lining the hills nearby…
Goodbye and hello
For its first year, Public Address, our blog about experimenting with art in the public sphere, was a collaboration with Forecast Public Art, publisher of Public Art Review since 1989 and one of the premiere public art organizations in the country. Recently Forecast’s pioneering efforts were rewarded with grants from both the NEA and the […]
“It is just over one hundred years since electricity generation started, seventy since radio transmissions began, and fifty since radar and telecommunications entered our environment. The twentieth century has seen space evolve into a complex soup of electromagnetic radiation.” (Anthony Dunne)
Several projects, like hertzian barometers, intend to measure and map this complex soup.
Requiem for fossil fuels
If you are looking for a change in your holiday sound track, O+A’s Requiem for fossil fuels was a transcendent performance in St. Joseph’s Cathedral at the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose.
In November, O+A performed Requiem again at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden in New York, and the concert will be broadcast Thursday evening, December 2, as part of WNYC’s New Sounds series. Don’t miss it. Below the jump is a mini-preview.