Public art is produced and ‘lived’ within multiple, interlaced and contested political, economic, social and cultural-symbolic spheres. This lively collection is a mix of academic and practice-based writings that scrutinise conventional claims on the inclusiveness of public art practice. Contributions examine how various social differences, across class, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability and literacy, shape encounters with public art within the ambits of the design, regeneration and everyday experiences of public spaces. The chapters richly draw on case studies from the Global North and South, providing comprehensive insights into the experiences of encountering public art via a variety of scales and realms.
This book advances critical insights of how socially practised public arts articulate and cultivate geographies of social difference through the themes of power (the politics of encountering), affect (the embodied ways of encountering), and diversity (the inclusiveness of encountering). It will appeal to scholars, students and practitioners of cultural geography, the visual arts, urban studies, political studies and anthropology.
Table of Contents
1. On Encountering Public Art
Martin Zebracki and Joni M. Palmer
PART 1: POWER
2. Subverting Surveillance: Power and Incivility in Public Transit Art
Martha Radice and Brenden Harvey
3. ‘Awaken the Dragon’: Participatory Art-making and the Grassroots in Authoritarian Singapore
4. The Construction of Post-Communist Ideologies and Re-branding of Budapest: The Case Study of Statue Park Museum
5. Sustainable Influences of Public Art: A View on Cultural Capital and Environmental Impact
Cameron Cartiere and Ashley Guindon
PART 2: AFFECT
6. Shaping Subjects, Connecting Communities, Imagining Futures? Critically Investigating Play Your Place
Harriet Hawkins and Ruth Catlow
7. The Production of Temporary Public Space: Site-specific Installation and ‘Vital Materialities’
8. ‘All Your Drains Belong to Us’: Young People and the Non-Representational Geographies of Public Art in Drain Tunnels
PART 3: DIVERSITY
9. Mobilising the ‘Right to Remain’ in Vancouver’s Paueru-gai: An Art-based Participatory Research Intervention
Aaron Franks, Jeff Masuda, Audrey Kobayashi and the Right to Remain Community Fair Team
10. The Art of (Re)crossing the Border: The Border Farm Project in Maroi, South Africa
11. The Birmingham Surrealist Laboratory: Unlocking Community and the Avant-Garde in a Super-Diverse City
Saskia Warren and Stephen Forcer
12. A Cybergeography of Public Art Encounter: The Case of Rubber Duck
13. An Artist-Geographer’s Lens
Martin Zebracki is Lecturer in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds, UK. He has written and talked widely at the crossroads of public art, social engagement and (sexual) citizenship. Zebracki is the co-editor of The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion (with Cameron Cartiere).
Joni M. Palmer is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico, USA. Her professional life has covered a blend of practice and academia across arts and cultural planning over the past 25 years.