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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.

Hertzian barometers

Author
mediachef
Post
12.12.2010

Mark Shepard, Hertzian Rain. From "Ambient Awareness, Hertzian Weather Systems, and Urban Architecture," Public Art Review, 2009

“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

Author
Steve Dietz
Post
12.2.2010

Janaki Ranpura, Egg and Sperm Ride

Author
mediachef
Post
11.15.2010

Painting the nuit blanche in Toronto

Author
mediachef
Post
11.14.2010

With the Twin Cities’ first ever nuit blanche coming up June 4, 2011, – Northern Spark – I will be posting a lot of related content from nuits blanches around the world. via Lonely Planet from the 2009 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Sorry I couldn’t be in Miami, I was there in 2007

Author
Steve Dietz
Post
11.13.2010

Sorry I couldn't Be there, Project VII, via @Platea

“‘Sorry I Couldn’t Be There‘ is a crowd-created video series. Developed by members of @Platea, the social media art collective directed by An Xiao, the series features artists from around the world explaining briefly why they couldn’t attend #rank and swing by Miami. Ultimately, the video would highlight concerns around geographic access and about who’s left out during large art fairs. For too long, the influential art centers have been located in major metropolitan regions such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, London, Beijing and Seoul. We want to highlight the parts of the world where artists are working.”–William Powhida via Hashtag Class.

Thousand Print Summer becomes the Big Print

Author
mediachef
Post
11.13.2010

“The Big Print” is comprised of art from 1180 kids and adults and an overall design inspired by historic Norwegian knitting patterns.

The Big Print is based on public art events around steamroller printing during the 2008 “Thousand Print Summer,” including Northern Lights’ The UnConvention during the Republican National Convention. The resulting prints by 1180 kids and adults are now installed at St. Olaf in NorthField, MN. Congratulations ArtOrg! Join the celebrations at the Big Print Block Party 2 to 4 pm, Sunday, November 21, 2010, in Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College.

Watch Art(ists) On the Verge @ the Spark Festival

“Where Stefanich’s and Philips’ pieces are inward-turning, looking at the relations of human beings to each other, to memory, to the past, the works of Arlene Birt and tectonic industries (Lars Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow) turn outward, to the social and commercial spaces that constitute the public matrix in which we all swim.”

“Electronica and virtuality bring us, again, to the root questions of humanness: Can we create our selves? Can we create our own world? Are we at the mercy of our creations? Are they, rather, under our control? What do we want from what we make?”–Ann Klefstad

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