ArtScapes: Urban Art and The Public – An Interdisciplinary Conference on Art and Urban Spaces
University of Kent, 27-28 June 2013
Conference Registration Now Open
This two-day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Kent aims to provide a forum for academic, policy and practitioner engagement with the relationships between the public and urban art.
Urban spaces are important loci of social contact, their physical and symbolic properties having a profound effect on everyday interactions. These sites are frequently subject to art interventions enacted for a range of aesthetic, social, political and economic purposes. Yet, while urban art can have transformative effects on the cityscape and in the development of urban cultures, the relationships between art and the public sphere represents a contested ground. Art, in such contexts, can be viewed variously as engendering civic participation and challenging the normative uses of public spaces, or as complicit with neoliberal development agendas and cosmopolitan elitism. Such practices, then, can be understood to intersect with a range of issues including those of urban aesthetics, the role of art institutions, public participation, user perception and experience of public places, the conceptualisation of material, virtual or imagined cityscapes, the regulation of urban space, and urban policy and politics.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to critically examine the relationship between art and urban places, questioning in what ways urban art can engage with, create and change public spaces. How is urban art used in the formation of individual, city, regional and national identities? How might such interventions alter or foster new forms of interaction with and within communities? What are the possibilities presented by urban art for new modes of aesthetic and cultural behaviours?
• Maurizio Cinquegrani (University of Kent)
• Carl Lavery (Aberystwyth University)
• Jonathan Vickery (University of Warwick)
You can register for participation following the link below:
Postgraduate students: free attendance / Other researchers: £5.00
The submission process has now closed. You can find a draft programme of the accepted presentations in the conference website. Examples of subjects include, but are not limited to: architecture and art, art and urban policy, city culture and urban transformation, community interaction and architecture, digital re-enaction of physical interventions, film and the city, forms of urban art, negotiating public spaces, politics of urban art, street art and political engagement, the street and its aesthetics, urban performance and social protest and urban photography.
ArtScapes Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manila Castoro (School of Arts)
Carolina Vasilikou (School of Architecture)
Jonathan Ward (School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research)
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