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Art in public space: Democracy and participation
Thursday, 9th, 15.15 – 16.30 Large Auditorium 1
Against the backdrop of the growing privatisation of the public sphere, incre- asing importance is being attached to providing transparent and democratic structures for selecting and commissioning art in public space. Based on tradi- tional public art, over the last few decades, art competitions have emerged as a possible and important means of implementing democracy and participation. The workshop will present various models for competition procedures and dis- cuss the prospects of achieving standard international or European guidelines.
Leonie Baumann (Rector Art Academy Weißensee, Berlin)
Herve-Armand Bechy (Art Public, Paris)
Lou Favorite (Visual Artist, Berlin)
Thorsten Goldberg (Visual Artist, Berlin)
Kevin Atherton (National College of Art and Design, Ireland)
Moderator: Elfriede Müller and Martin Schönfeld (Office for Art in the Public Realm / bbk Berlin)
The session will be in English and German; simultaneous translation available.
Leonie Baumann works as an art-mediator, curator and author. She was responsible for art in public and managing director of New Society for Visual Arts (Kunstverein/non profit art association) in Berlin. She is one of the two speakers of Rat für die Künste (http://www.rat-fuer-die-kuenste.de
), an association of all people and institutions in Berlin working in cultural affairs. Since April 2011 she is president of the Art School Berlin-Weißensee. She is member of the board of Project Fund Cultural Education and chairwoman of the advisory board for art in public.
Hervé-Armand Bechy is a theoretician and lecturer in Public Art and an Independent Art consultant. He is the Director of art-public.com and editorial board member for Public Art Dialogue (USA). Hervé-Armand Bechy lives in Paris and has been professionally involved in the field of public art since 1976. He has written numerous articles on public art for professional magazines spe- cializing in art, architecture, and urban design. In 1983, he launched his own magazine: “Les Dossiers de l’Art Public” the first international magazine totally dedicated to the field of Public Art which was published for several years.
In 1997, Hervé-Armand Bechy founded the website: http://www.art-public.com
, an invaluable resource for information on public art projects and programs internationally.
Lou Favorite lives and works in Berlin as a visual artist, painter, and musi- cian. Since 2010 she is a Bord member of bbk Berlin, 1994 Meisterschüler derHochschule der Künste Berlin. 2010 “House of paint“ single exhibition, 2006 _medea_daten“ theatreplay, 2005 _“elser_erinnern“ radioplay about J.G.Elser, 1996 _“wahre schule- in falschem Geruch von Ghetto hier“ cd-wsfa/ indigo, 1993 _foundation of the left- winged hiphop- project „wahre schule“ admitted to Deleuze/Guattari and consolidated.
Thorsten Goldberg is a multimedia artist living in Berlin. He has realized numerous works in public space in Germany and Europe-wide. As a member of different committees and advisory boards he is involved in the organiza- tion of competitions for art in public. He taught at the Art Academies in Mu- nich and Muenster, he was Adjunct Professor at the Art Academy Linz and Professor for arts and media at the Muthesius Art Academy in Kiel.
Thorsten Goldberg is Initiator and Co-Publisher of „Public Art Wiki, an Imagined Library“, the internet archive for art in public space in the German-speaking- area. http://www.publicartwiki.org
Elfriede Müller, Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (Office for Art in the Public Realm), Kulturwerk des bbk Berlin (Professional Association of Visual Artists Berlin), is a historian, literary scholar, bookseller, publishing administra- tor, and translator. From 1980 to 1987 she worked in the art book trade in Paris. She studied in Freiburg im Breisgau from 1987 to 1993, and from 1993 onwards she has been in Berlin. Since 1994 she has been director of the Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum of Kulturwerk GmbH, bbk Berlin. With Martin Schönfeld and Britta Schubert, she co-edits the specialist journal kunst-stadt/stadt-kunst. She has published widely on the theory of art and culture and on contemporary history. Since 1997 she has been organising events relating to critical social theory within the framework of the “jour fixe” initiative berlin.
Martin Schönfeld, Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (Office for Art in the Public Realm), Kulturwerk des bbk berlin (Professional Association of Vi- sual Artists Berlin). Martin Schönfeld is an art historian who was born in Berlin in 1963. He studied art history and sociology in Heidelberg, Bonn, and Berlin. Since 2000 he has been a member of the project team of the Büro für Kunstim öffentlichen Raum, Kulturwerk GmbH, bbk Berlin. He co-edits the specialist journal kunst-stadt/stadt-kunst. He has published various works on the relati- onship between art and the public domain and on the culture of remembrance in Berlin. Among other things, he co-authored the book Kunst in der Grosssied- lung (2008) and published documentation relating to commemorative plaques in Berlin.