Discussion on art in public space

Concept and chair: Barbara Holub
Cooking: Schorsch Böhme

With Jaroslav Andel, curator, theoretician, DOX, Prague; Binna Choi, curator, theoretician, , CACSO, Utrecht; Céline Condorelli, artist, architect, Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler, artists, Vienna University of Technology; Paul O’Neill, artist, theoretician, curator, Situations, Bristol; Paul Rajakovics, urbanist, architect, Transparadiso, Vienna; Mick Wilson, artist, theoretician, GradCAM, Dublin

In recent years in Europe art and artistic practices in urban space have become increasingly marked by the interest in and by regeneration processes and deliberately drawn on for image finding in new urban development areas, for the creation of new identities in restructuring processes or for problem-solving of existing (often social) shortcomings. Associated with this, there has been an increasingly marked categorisation of artists and their respective practices, from international “blue-chip artists” to “community-based practices”.

The programme is well known and always interchangeable: a mixture of short-term events and projects, education programmes, guided tours at various levels of participation, accompanied by the publication of media such as websites, magazines etc. But what to do with the push-started communication processes when the artists have gone again? Then the social workers have to take over again anyway and the architects, urban planners and developers all continue to follow their usual paths.


Is it worth striving to free art from the specific hoped-for effects of the stakeholders? Should the artists who are used in the context of urban development then not be compared to the other experts, i.e. accompany the whole process instead of taking over sporadic tasks? Where are the risks but also the advantages of using one’s work “to make the world a better place”? How can art develop its critical potential without this too immediately being appropriated?

Session 1: 17:00

What role devolves upon the newly founded art institutions in relation to urban space and regional development? What is the significance of art “in the post-industrial age” in the development of new identities in the large European cities and regions?

Celine Condorelli, architect, artist, curator, co-founder of Eastside Projects (Birmingham), London
Paul O’Neill, artist, curator and theoretician, research fellow with, Bristol
Jaroslav Andel, curator, DOXA, Prague

Break 15 min

Session 2: 18:45

How can innovative, experimental urban and artistic practices find a way into long-term planning and counter the primarily neoliberal-dominated processes? How can teaching react to the current challenges and act as a catalyst of processes.

Mick Wilson, artist, curator and director, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin
Christine Hohenbüchler, artist, professor at the Vienna University of Technology/ Institute of Art and Design, Vienna
Binna Choi, curator and director, CASCO – Institute for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht
Paul Rajakovics, architect and urbanist, Transparadiso, Vienna

In the coming issue of Dérive there will be a focus on the theme of the discussion evening, among other things with contributions by the speakers.

Barbara Holub

Lives and works as an artist in Vienna at the intersection of art, architecture and urban planning.
Architecture degree at Stuttgart University of Technology

1999 Foundation of Transparadiso with Paul Rajakovics
2005 – 2007 jury member of Lower Austria Art in Public Space
2006 – 2007 president of the Vienna Secession


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