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Skupturenpark Berlin_Zentrum presents:

Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2007, 6 PM

Co-author, Michael Hiltbrunner, presents:

Kunst und Öffentlichkeit:
Kritische Praxis der Kunst im Stadtraum Zürich

by Christoph Schenker and Michael Hiltbrunner
JRP|Ringier, Zürich

Art and Public Spaces in the City

In the 1990s many art venues transformed themselves into forums of political and social discussion. It shifted the institutional critique of the 1980s to an analysis of the mass media’s influence on public spaces through economic pressure. For the past few years, this critique has brought the "protected spaces" of the art world directly into the public realm. In addressing the construction of public spaces on a social, economic, and political level, these investigations and cultural interventions are new lines of inquiry for art historians. The research project, Kunst Öffentlichkeit Zürich (Art in Zurich's Public Spaces), is based on this premise. It takes the city and urban space as a case study and site for experimentation.

Artist contributions include: Monica Bonvicini, Matthew Buckingham, Harun Farocki, Knowbotic Research, Claudia and Julia Müller, Lawrence Weiner, San Keller, and Shirana Shahbazi. Invited texts by Philip Ursprung, Oliver Marchart, Marius Babias, Hito Steyerl, Stefan Römer. Interviews with Peter Spillmann, Pipilotti Rist and Angelus Eisinger.

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