PUBLIC ART & DESIGN
Program Graduate seminar, Knowlton School.
This seminar probed the relationships between artists and designers in urban redevelopment initiatives. In particular, we will focused on the 2012 London Olympics and the concomitant investments to reinvigorate the neighborhoods of Hackney Wick and Fish Island that adjoin the Olympic Park in East London.
The removal of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc from New York City’s Federal Plaza will serve as our jumping-off point for our investigation into contemporary issues and debates surrounding site-specific work, from Suzanne Lacy’s New Genres in Public Art to the Hal Foster’s critique of the “artist as ethnographer.” We will examined the practices and projects of today’s nomadic artists who collaborate with design professionals around the globe.
We then shifted our focus to London, where we will survey the redevelopment initiatives, urban design strategies, architecture, and artworks associated with the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. The seminar concluded with the development of a collaborative proposal for a large scale project for Hackney Wick and Fish Island.