WE TRANSFER: Art and Politics in Appropriate Hands
- 19:00 - Deschidere
- 22:00 - Concert Utopus
- 02:00 - Inchidere
Today we know that the concept of art in the public space is perceived as being a little redundant, reputation that dates back from the end of the 1990’s in what at that time was known as ‘Western culture’ as well as in Central and Eastern Europe. However, bringing back this concept is not only useful, but necessary. In order to make its way from usefulness to necessity we should look back at what the concept of art in public space meant before its apparent fall. The term public space as a place in which art can manifest itself came into being from the end of the 1960’s and the beginning of the 1980’s as part of contemporary art theory as well as part of the curatorial mediation practices, from the translation of the term public sphere (Jürgen Habermas) and by applying it to the domain of the displaying practices. After being symbolically thrown out from museums by the avantgarde, art is now called for again to assume its educational role to shorten its distance from its audience, and get closer to the public by removing from its reception range any institutional influence that until then could not do anything but make it harder for art to reach its public, at the same time making the display a privileged place of bourgeois contemplation.