Art and Public Space

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English

This session explores the diverse forms and roles of art in public spaces. Of interest are phenomena such as festivals, street art and graffiti, commissioned artworks, artistic interventions in public spaces, and roundabout art. 
The session welcomes papers that discuss the social implications of such projects, addressing questions concerning how these phenomena create sociomaterial spaces in which people are encouraged to engage in aesthetic reception practices. In this sense, the session aims to (re-)examine the complex relationships between art and public spaces in order to elucidate the distinct roles of artistic practices in contemporary society. We are particularly interested in papers that address the following questions:

  • What actors and organizations are involved in producing the respective artifacts and performances?
  • How do these art forms shape public space?
  • In which senses do these phenomena have lives of their own?
  • What aims and ascribed meanings are characteristic of their enactment?
  • How do people perceive such installations and performances?
  • What aspects are central to those perception practices?
  • What do such enactments of art in public spaces tell us about contemporary societies?
Session Organizer:
Andrea GLAUSER, Universität Luzern, Switzerland
Street Art and the Changing Urban Public Sphere
Virag MOLNAR, The New School for Social Research, USA
Public Art from the Ferguson Unrest
Jacqueline HENKE, Purdue University, USA
Analysing a Spectacle: Durga Puja and the Possibilities of a Temporal Art Form
Saswati BHATTACHARYA, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, India
The Greek Social and Political Crisis As Shown in Street Art in Athens 2015
Betty DOBRATZ, Iowa State University, USA; Lisa WALDNER, University of St. Thomas, USA
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