Symposium on Public Art
»…out into the broad daylight of Common Sense«*
Public Art today is not usually the product of a spontaneous artistic activity, nor of any one political and social issue being pursued by the artist/s concerned, instead it occurs within an institutional framework, is supported by a reliable grant policy and accompanied by an academic program of debate, documentation and mediation. Is the subversive element that once hallmarked critical public art now a thing of the past? What is the impact of the internationally successful jet-setting curator or artist in the provinces?
Perhaps today there are two dominant forms of critical practice to be ascertained in the public realm: activist art with socially motivated community projects or interventions (between Jeremy Deller and WochenKlausur) and an educational model, the »Schools« (Manifesta school, unitednationsplaza, Night School/Museum as Hub, institutions like Cubitt, Casco and BAK). These are two concrete models, both of which pursue an Enlightenment-based concept of aesthetic education in their approach to the public realm, to address a »today« and a collective »we«; in the case of the schools, with the use of academic forms of mediation (i.e. seminars, symposia, lectures and performances); in the case of activism with forms of intervention and amateurism – an art of action.

Why does public art take these two formal approaches? How do the two forms of approach tie together? A further basic set of questions is: What is public in art? What is the connection between moral and political progress and aesthetic form? How does engagement with the public manifest itself in artistic practise? And what is the significance of these artistic public practices in an institutionalised context?

* Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man

Chef: Schorsch Böhme
Concept and Moderation: Christian Kobald

Symposium Schedule
12:00 Lunch: Fördersuppe
13:00 Susanne Neuburger
14:00 Mona Hahn
15:00 Metahaven
16:00 Eva Kernbauer
Short break
17:00 Giovanni Carmine
18:00 Jeremy Deller
19.00 Dinner
20:00 Daniel Baumann
21:00 Florian Waldvogel
22:00 The Bruce High Quality Foundation
from 23:00 on Dj Nicolas Jasmin

© The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Raft of the Medusa, 2007