Art in Public
HISTORY IS ALWAYS UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Jonathan Carroll reports on an intense weekend (13 – 15 November) focusing on socially engaged / public art practices, which included a live streaming of the ‘Creative Time Summit’ 2014 from Stockholm at the Hugh Lane Gallery and Fire station Artists’ Studios, and the two-day symposium ‘Jochen Gerz: Participation, Commemoration and Public Space’ at IMMA.
Never mind creative time, what about getting the actual time to see a cluster of public art events all taking place in Dublin over a matter of days? It was as if all the institutions were beefing up their yearly outputs with end-of-year cramming. I put my bicycle in the boot of my car to allow me to zip between venues for the overlapping talks at the Hugh Lane and Fire Station, which related to a live streaming of the Creative Time Summit from Stockholm on (14 – 15 November). I also followed some of the Creative Time Summit on my laptop at home. This year, themes included “the challenges of migration, the growth of extreme nationalism and xenophobia, the uses of the public sphere, the fluid line between surveillance and our interpersonal selves, and, finally, how these challenges are met by artists who are re-imagining the public realm” creativetime.org. (more…)