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Public Art and Common Spaces

  • Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom (map)

On Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 the Decad-organised panel discussion 'Public Art and Common Spaces' took place at Imperial College London as part of the conference Geographies of Co-Productions. The panel included artist Rachel Alliston, designer Fran Edgerley, urban planner Nathan Koren, art writer Tom Snow, and the curators Dea Vanagan and Victor Wang.

The panelists' discussion looked to an interdisciplinary approach to common spaces, exploring the social impact of collaborative efforts between artists, designers, writers and curators. Within their discussion, the urban field was seen as a generative space plied by individual and collective efforts. A central figure in this conversation was the urbanite-maker who works in and with the built city and to whom public space serves as a site of intersection between social life and professional practice. The effects of such environments on the local denizen who exercises the commons without design was seen in turn. Via these and other specific examples, the potential of spaces formed through collaborative efforts to encourage positive social development were discussed.

Each of the panel members has developed a standing combinatory of several specialties, and it is in the amalgamation of their experience that they considered productive practice and creative use of cultural space through public projects.

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