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UPDATE. Artscapes: Urban Art and the Public. An inter-disciplinary conference on art and urban spaces
full name / name of organization:
University of Kent - Artscapes Group
Call for Abstracts
Artistic interventions in the permeable urban context can alter and often tamper the contours of the contemporary cityscape; they can also be critical in the development of new forms of urban culture. While providing a perfect arena for artists and researchers to investigate the consolidated mechanisms of art institutions and to challenge the normative regulations concerning the use of public spaces, the new practices of urban art enclose an organic civic participation and a conscious collective criticism. From this point of view, contemporary urban space seems to become the vessel for a new understanding of art that extends its reach to the community both locally and globally (through digital dissemination), inviting participation and interaction and creating physical and virtual spaces for a new form of urban experience and aesthetic pleasure.
This interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Kent aims to provide a forum for discussion and, through keynote lectures and selected presentations, to build a new understanding of the relationship between art and urban places. In what way can urban art engage with its audiences and create public spaces – material, virtual or imagined – within which people can identify themselves, discover new forms of interaction with the community and shape new modes of aesthetic behaviours?
This conference aims at bringing together scholars with diverse interests and approaches to its subject, and we welcome abstracts from a range of disciplines including art, architecture, geography, sociology, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, history, politics and economics and urban planning.
Examples of subjects for invited paper presentations, projects and works in progress include but are not limited to:
•forms of urban art
Please send your abstract as an attachment (.pdf or .doc) to:
The subject of the email should contain the words Artscapes Submission.
The body of the email should include author(s) name, affiliation, abstract title, 5 keywords, brief biography and the email address you would like us to use to communicate with you.
Deadline for submissions: 26 March 2013.
Postgraduate students: free attendance
Registration will be required prior to the conference. Registration opens on the 1st of June 2013. Details on how to register will follow in due course.