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Public Art Symposium: New Ways of Thinking and Working

May 18, 2017 to May 20, 2017

Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working offers a forum for active research and lively debate on contemporary approaches, policies and practices of commissioning and creating art for the public realm. 

The symposium features two keynote lectures -- one downtown and one on campus -- plus two full days of panels discussions taking place at York.

The talks and panels are designed to spark conversations across a wide range of disciplines, from the perspective of both study and practice, with the goal of critically examining the current state of Canadian public art practice in the context of innovations happening internationally. 

Questions to be considered include:

  • How is public art being made?
  • What is the role and agency of curation, audience and criticality in public art?
  • How can commissioning more accurately reflect contemporary visual arts practices?
  • What might public art and its processes look like in the future?

KEYNOTES

Steve Kurtz: “When Aesthetics is Not Enough”
Thurs. May 18, 7:00pm at Jackman Hall, AGO

This lecture is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Admission is free but an entry ticket is required.

Interventionist artist and educator Steven Kurtz is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed collective of tactical media practitioners whose work in digital imaging, web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance explores the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism.

Cameron Cartiere: “Permanent Works in an Impermanent Time”
Fri. May 19, 4:30pm at 209 Accolade West Building, York University

Cameron Cartiere is a practitioner, writer and researcher specializing in public art, community engagement, urban renewal and environmental issues. She co-edits the journal Public Art Dialogue and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver.

Read the news story about the symposium

Registration:
General Pass: $125 +HST
Student/Artist/Underemployed: $75 +HST
Lunches and receptions are included in the registration fee.
Register online

 

 


Location:Accolade West Building, York University and AGO
Web Sitehttps://www.publicartsymposium.com/
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