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The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm

ISBN 9781138325302
Published October 20, 2020 by Routledge
392 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This multidisciplinary companion offers a comprehensive overview of the global arena of public art.

It is organised around four distinct topics: activation, social justice, memory and identity, and ecology, with a final chapter mapping significant works of public and social practice art around the world between 2008 and 2018. The thematic approach brings into view similarities and differences in the recent globalisation of public art practices, while the multidisciplinary emphasis allows for a consideration of the complex outcomes and consequences of such practices, as they engage different disciplines and communities and affect a diversity of audiences beyond the existing 'art world'. The book will highlight an international selection of artist projects that illustrate the themes.

This book will be of interest to scholars in contemporary art, art history, urban studies, and museum studies.

Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction

1. Expanding Our Collective Imagination Through Public Art and Social Practice

Cameron Cartiere and Leon Tan

PART II: Activation

2. Towards a Public of ‘the Otherwise’

Meenakshi Thirukode

3. Japan’s Rural Art Festivals: The Echigo-Tsumari Paradigm

Justin Jesty

4. Shaking the Snow Globe and Changing the City

Melissa Laing

5. Political Art and Metaphoric Exchange

Steven Cottingham

6. Gardens and Grains: Design Activations in the Public Realm

Gretchen Coombs

7. ACT: Activating City Transience

Maggie McCormick

PART III: Social Justice

8. Art as Protest: The Forced Eviction of the Shijhou and Sa’owac Urban Indigenous Tribes in Taiwan

Lu Pei-Yi

9. Participation Problematises: Together in Violence

Anthony Schrag

10. As If: An Embodied Account

Beatrice Catanzaro

11. Quiet Gestures, Gift Exchange, and Public Formations: The Work of D.A.N.C.E. Art Club and Public Share

Lana Lopesi

12. Surviving Institutionalised Care: Accessibility as Social Practice

Carmen Papalia

PART IV: Memory and Identity

13. Suspended Memory: Ebbs and Flows in Attempts at Memorialising in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Jay Pather

14. The Double Act of Flower Time

Raqs Media Collective

15. (In)famous: Contemporary Lessons from History’s Heroes

Jennifer Wingate

16. Public Art, Cultural Identity, and the River of Oblivion

José Quaresma

17. Luanda’s Emotional Geography

Fabio Vanin

18. The Imaginary Institution of Place: Notes on Art-led Place-Making as Aesthetic, Social, and Temporal Engineering

Giusy Checola

19. The Battle of Public Sculptures: On Three Sculptures in Hong Kong

Oscar Ho Hing-Kay

20. Public Art, Gentrification, and the Preservation of Black and BrownUrban Identity: The Case of Little Haiti, Miami – an Interview with Muralist Serge Toussaint

Martin Zebracki

PART V: Ecology

21. Digging in the World: Art and Emergent Forms for Living

Susanne Cockrell

22. Landscape, Eco-Arts Practice, and Digital Technology in the Public Art Realm

Laura Lee Coles

23. Changing Space

Lesia Prokopenko

24. Ensemble Practices

Iain Biggs

25. Public Art Visions and Possibilities: From the View of a Practising Artist

Betsy Damon

26. A Compass Rose for the Anthropocene: New Maps for Old – the Art of Transforming Cultures for Sustainable Futures

Beth Carruthers

27. In the Time of Art with Policy: The Practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison Alongside Global Environmental Policy Since the 1970s

Chris Fremantle, Anne Douglas, and Dave Pritchard

28. The Harrisons’ Practice in the Context of Global Environmental Policy and Politics from the 1960s to 2019: A Timeline

Chris Fremantle, Anne Douglas, and Dave Pritchard

PART VI: Mapping Social Change

29. Mapping Art in the Public Realm 2008–2018

Cameron Cartiere, Leon Tan, and Elisha Masemann (map design, Geoff Campbell)

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Cameron Cartiere is a creative practitioner, writer, and researcher focused on public art, urban renewal, and environmental issues. She is co-editor of The Everyday Practice of Public Art (with Martin Zebracki) and The Practice of Public Art (with Shelly Willis).

Leon Tan is an arts, culture, design, and mental health consultant and educator, whose research focuses on cultural expression and the public realm. Dr Tan is an associate professor of design and contemporary arts at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.