PUBLIC
ART

NOW

Public Art comprises a varied set of art practices, providing opportunities for collective participation and self-expression, historical reflection and community dialogue. It contributes to our social, spatial and political topologies by proposing new social models, enhancing physical infrastructure and engaging with design.

The recent Covid-19 pandemic as well as our present geological epoch of the Anthropocene, unchecked globalisation and resurgent nationalistic forces, provide new contexts to consider Public Arts' role in society. Through a series of 6 conversations led by Public Art practitioners we will explore how public art responds to the complexity of our cultural and natural environments and how current policy and theory support these actions. The event is structured by three key themes;

• Public Art: Processes & Politics
• Public Art in the Anthropocene
• Ecologies of Space & Place

Technological University Dublin
Grangegorman,
Dublin 7, Ireland

24-26
June
2021

Speakers

Kerry Doyle

Kerry Doyle is Director and Chief Curator of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso on the US-Mexico border. She specializes in curatorial projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative that focus on the border as subject and site. She regularly collaborates with individuals and institutions from both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez in the execution of a wide range of interdisciplinary and community-engaged programming. She has curated and organized original exhibitions, commissions and performances by international artists including Tomás Saraceno, Tania Candiani, Regina Jose Galindo, Teresa Margolles, Máximo Gonzalez, Jose Antonio Vega Macotela, Fiamma Montezemolo and many others. In November 2019 she curated Border Tuner by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a large-scale, ephemeral public art installation that engaged more than 10,000 visitors in real-time cross-border conversations over its 12-night installation, and involved more than 250 local artists, writers, musicians and activists from the two cities in performances, lectures and other public events.

Marnie Badham

Dr Marnie Badham is a Senior Research Fellow and teaches Art in Public Space at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her work focuses on socially engaged art and participatory research methodologies.
Marnie’s art-research practice is characterised by collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships through residencies, expanded curation and industry engagement. Her co-curated exhibition Bruised Food: a living laboratory (Badham & Maravillas 2019, RMIT Gallery, Australia) explored gentle activism and ecology in Asia. Recent creative cartographies include Five Weeks in Spring: an emotional map of Lilydale registering attachment to place in the context of climate crisis and development (Badham & Wong Hulbert 2018, Yarra Ranges Regional Gallery, Australia) and EmpowerHER: a women’s map to the city (Badham & Dundas Oke 2018, Thompson Rivers University, Canada) re-centring local knowledge of women experiencing transition and homelessness.
Marnie has published her theoretical and applied research in dozens of international peer reviewed journals and book chapters (Portugal, France, Canada, Australia, Norway, Russia), co-edited the book Making Cultural Count: the politics of cultural measurement (2015, Springer), and is completing her monograph The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and places not your own.

Themes

Public Art: Processes & Politics

Public Art by its very nature cannot be viewed as an autonomous venture, instead it is the product of a multitude of relationships across institutional platforms, political and social ideologies, and subject to economic constraint. We invite participants to think critically about current, emerging and speculative models of practice and policy that respond to the complexity of Public Art contexts –and publics. This includes but is not limited to; responsibilities of the commissioning processes, commemoration and monument –and their decolonisation, policy as a form of governance, future heritage legacies, and evaluation.

Public Art in the Anthropocene

While the visibility and the significance of environmental and ecological concerns within Public Art is growing, the reality of the Anthropocene raises important questions concerning its current and future role. We invite participants to consider not only how Public Art sponsors environmental awareness, but also to think about the problems, challenges and solutions encountered in Public Art and public creativity more broadly. This includes but is not limited to; politics of materials, designing for nature, Public Art policy for the Anthropocene as well as Public Art as model for the promotion of sustainable human and non-human ecologies, the ecosphere, and politics of degrowth.

Ecologies of Space & Place

How Public Art serves to alter, reorganise or manage our sense of sociality, place and public space is a critical concern not only to artists, but to communities, architects, designers as well as the areas of sociology and planning. We invite contributions that consider how Public Art effects social and physical topologies of our communities, and responds to the local and global concerns of constituents. This includes but is not limited to; community organisation and empowerment, design of public institutions and negotiation of public space, participatory design, immigration, mapping and models of alternative social organisation.

Call for Papers

The program for Public Art Now Conference will be composed of a balance of open and invited contributors. As part of the open call, Public Art Now invites proposals for papers, composed panels, workshops or other formats that address the themes of the conference through the lens of policy, practice or publics.

Proposals are encouraged from all those with an interest in public art including, artists, academics, art administrators and managers, art institutions and students.

We want every participant to feel welcome, included and safe at the conference. It is our ambition to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment. As part of this ambition, we particularly invite proposals that reflect diverse backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability.

Public Art Now is committed to making the conference an inclusive experience for parents and guardians. We are looking into providing local childcare and crèche options for participants and attendees. If this service might be of interest to you please indicate on the submission or registration form.

If you have, any queries please contact publicartnow@TUdublin.ie

 

Submission Guidelines

Please email your proposals using the proposal form directly to the conference organisers at publicartnow@TUdublin.ie

For all submissions you will need to provide a title and abstract (300 words maximum), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Sessions will be 90 minutes long

Composed panels, workshops or other formats should be kept to 1 hour or less to facilitate time for discussion and should include details of other participants and abstract of papers.

Artists’ proposing workshops will be paid in accordance with the guidelines for artists and workshops suggested by Visual Artists Ireland.

Individual paper proposals should be kept to 20 minutes.

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because the title is what appears online, on social media and in the programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement receipt of your submission within two weeks from the conference organisers.

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20.

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Hosts

Public Art Now is hosted by Technological University Dublin. TU Dublin's new Grangegorman campus informs our considerations of Public Art, which often acts as a barometer for thinking critically about the relationships between Public Art practice, policy and its publics.

TU Dublin’s Grangegorman campus is Irelands largest single investment in higher education in the last 50 years, which will facilitate a community of 23,00 students just 1km from Dublin city centre. Situated in part on the grounds of the former St Brendan’s hospital, the campus is central developing a vibrant new city quarter that is sensitive to the context of Grangegorman, its’ surrounding neighbourhoods and existing community.

 

 

TICKETS ARE FREE. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

tickets are valid for all 6 conversations over the course of 3 days.

Each conversation will relate and respond to each other. We strongly encourage participants to join us for all 6 conversations

You can book your ticket here

Support

TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY DUBLIN

TU Dublin is Ireland’s first Technological University.  The university’s new city is being developed on a spectacular 73-acre site at Grangegorman in central Dublin. This is the largest higher education development project in Europe. The campus will provide an exceptional learning environment that supports research, innovation, and the advancement of knowledge.

GRANGEGORMAN DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

The Grangegorman Development Agency was appointed by the Irish Government to redevelop 73 acres for Grangegorman into a new urban quarter in Dublin 7  with health, education and community at its heart. In 2011, the GDA commissioned the Grangegorman Arts Strategy and the subsequent establishment of the Grangegorman Public Art Working Group to oversee the implementation of the Arts Strategy through ‘…the lives we live’ (2015-2020).

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