We welcome proposals that examine the ways in which artists have inhabited and engaged with city space, both in their practices and lives.
How artists engage with regenerating city space is not just an issue for contemporary practice: ever since city space has existed, artists have deliberated the energizing and equally troubling dynamic it brings to their work. From Renaissance Italian cityscapes, through Rembrandt van Rijn’s examination of the Dutch town hood, the Impressionist Salon des Refuses grappling with post-Haussmann Paris, through 60s art communes on the barricades, to present day negotiations between city authorities and artistic groupings, artists have engaged with the societal issues of urban dwelling in a range of ways. As the constructivist slogan would have it, 'the streets our brushes, the squares our palettes'.
Different strands for proposals could include, but are not restricted to:
• Home and Homeliness
• Gentrification, loft living and the unofficial misuse of cities
• 60s social activist art space, institutional critique & urban use of Land Art principles
• Flânerie, the drift and artistic imagining of walking city space
• Artistic critiques of urban regeneration
• Memory, Art and urban decay and renewal
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