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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.

The Responsive City – Fact or Fiction?

Archigram, Instant City. In the exhibition Edge Condition, 2008 01SJ Biennial

Archigram, Instant City. In the exhibition Edge Condition, 2008 01SJ Biennial

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
http://conference.collegeart.org/2011/sessions/sessions.php?period=2011-02-10
http://www.newmediacaucus.org/wp/caa-2011-conference-nmc-events-and-activities/

Panel Participants

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?

Author
mediachef
Post
01.17.2011
The world's first skyscraper was proposed by British architect Charles Burton in 1851

The world's first skyscraper was proposed by British architect Charles Burton in 1851. via Gizmag

“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

Winged Wisdom, Philippe Becker Design

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

Author
Steve Dietz
Post
01.4.2011

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 […]

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
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