The interaction of the Arts in Public Spaces (Proposed MLA Special Session - 12/27/09-12/30/09)

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A.S.A.P. The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
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The private led outside: breaking down the barriers, the interaction of the Arts in Public Spaces."

This topic will focus on the following questions:

In what ways might Arts in public spaces change the fundamental organizing trope of the contemporary literary and visual arts?
In what ways does it counter and/or continue the trope of private separate spheres of interaction?
What literary texts, productions, installations and practices offer radically redefined perspectives on "public vs. private"?
What aesthetic traditions, theoretical movements, or arts practices might emerging theories of Public Art illuminate?
What new opportunities for research are created by interdisciplinary approaches to Public Art and to inter-arts dialogue?