The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

by Kim Gurney
The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

by Kim Gurney

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A journey through Johannesburg via three art projects raises intriguing notions about the constitutive relationship between the city, imagination and the public sphere- through walking, gaming and performance art. Amid prevailing economic validations, the trilogy posits art within an urban commons in which imagination is all-important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137436894
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kim Gurney is a visual artist, journalist and academic. She is a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities and the University of Johannesburg's Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre, South Africa. Her own art generally engages invisibilities or disappearance and attempts restorative gestures, and she runs a nomadic offspace for experimental work.

Table of Contents

1. Re-imagining Johannesburg

2. Curating the Ephemeral City

3. Walking the Footloose City

4. Playing the Cyborg City

5. Performing the Spectral City

6. Art and the Uncertainty Principle

7. Towards an Art of the Commons

8. Living the Everyday City

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"Regimes of segregation and inequality leave rigid marks on urban space that are difficult to undo. In this book, Kim Gurney analyzes a series of artistic interventions in the spaces of Johannesburg that challenged those marks. She masterfully shows how performances conceived in the spaces of the ordinary worked to undo rigidities of spatial separations and to forge alternative publics." - Teresa Caldeira, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"The Art of Public Space powerfully reiterates the ways in which urban actors do not inhabit worlds of preconceived social or subjective forms, but rather ever-shifting milieus where different ways of conceiving and enacting life intersect, and that artistic practice is a critical technology in re-imagining and reshaping these intersections. All technical practices conduct events, but artistic work is proving most salient in opening up urban contexts to events that anticipate and posit new ways of living together. Leveraging the multiplicity of performances that make up everyday Johannesburg, the artistic projects offered here attempt to reconfigure what its residents already see and experience but in ways that push it somewhere else, which collate and intensify these perceptions and experiences into new common grounds." - AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

" [...] an important text in [South Africa's] bid to grapple with ephemeral art, raising interesting discussions around definitions of value, public commons and the use of uncertainty and the unknown in art practice" - Lloyd Gedye,The Con

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