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Placemaking and Social Engagement with Public Art in the Asia Pacific - CAP (2022) Volume 4, Issue 2

2022-03-14

Placemaking and Social Engagement with Public Art in the Asia Pacific Region is a special issue of CAP - Public Art Journal. This issue aims to illuminate the role of art in shaping new forms of public space, social practice, cultural belonging, and creativity in the Asia-Pacific region. Looking at new aesthetic and social issues highlighted by creative practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region, our editorial collective hopes to understand better current topics of importance to different societies in Asia and what public art means within them.

RMIT Curatorial Collective has collaborated with the University of Lisbon, Portugal, Public art Magazine, China, to co-editing a special edition of CAP - Public Art Journal. Please consider submitting if you are interested.

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Vol 3 No 2 (2021): Contemporary Public Arts and the Contested Urban Public Space

Art is a defining element of urban culture through creative dynamics that reflect territorially embedded mechanisms but also particular social and cultural processes. Public art presents us with the possibility of unmediated social interaction that leads to greater access to the production and use of urban public space. Public art’s presence in the urban space is dynamic and interactive that communicates the complex forms of globalization, cultural hybridity, and plurality in contemporary daily life—where we experience politics. Through a multi-disciplinary lens, that combines urban studies, visual studies, sociology, artistic research, art history and political philosophy, this issue maps the contemporary landscape of public art to capture art’s critical place in the reified politics of the urban space. The aim is not to provide an exhaustive description of the politics of arts in the public spaces but rather to provisionally reconcile the lack of a dialectical perspective in the critical discursive tools of the scholarship on urban public arts.   

Published: 2021-12-30
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