Workshop 30: Public Art, Public Transformation
The Boston APP Lab asked the following at an earlier Workshop on public art and urban design:
"How does or can public art transform the ways in which people use and think about public space? "
The sculptor Eric Sealine defined one such transformation:
"Art in public places has less to do with the object itself than with the community created by its effect on those who see/hear it."
Building and reinforcing community, in other words, through new "ritual spaces" in which (again from Eric) the “normal rules of (dis)engagement are changed.”
Thus, this upcoming Workshop:
With Eric, we'll begin with an open discussion of some basic assumptions and ideas regarding these kinds of "transformation." We’ll then spend the bulk of the evening in small groups brainstorming responses to opportunities for transformation: Where else? What else? Who else?
We want to hear from you -- your ideas, your "what if's...":
• Some examples of where and how these “ritual” spaces have, and can, come to life;
• The conditions that make such spaces possible;
• The design elements – visual, performance, both – and on the social elements – individuals, communities, groups -- that contribute to their creation.
• Implementation roles and responsibilities
San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ mission state that “we generate culture that moves people.”
We invite you to join us in brainstorming – and collaborating on – ways to “generate culture that moves people.” It’s a pretty exciting goal.