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Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary.

Douglas, Anne


Anne Douglas


The hunch behind Working in Public is that art now exists in the public sphere in unprecedented ways. Working in Public aims therefore to open up greater uncertainty in what we think art is and to provoke more thoughtful and creative responses to what it might become. In understanding how and why artists currently work in public we may begin to understand the nature of the public sphere itself as it is in the process of being creatively and critically formed. In developing the programme, we are not interested in creating a normative model of public art practice. It seems more appropriate to attempt to arrive at a sense of quality through a conscious and active process of debating what quality means. Through Working in Public we are building a rigorous understanding what actually happens in practice; what tensions and contradictions arise when artists intervene in the public sphere; what if any, is the impact of the work on the imagination and on our capacity to think and act differently.


DOUGLAS, A. 2007. Aesthetics and ethics of working in public art: a summary. In Proceedings of the 1st Working in public seminar: aesthetics and ethics of working in public, 27-28 March 2007, Aberdeen, UK [online]. Available from:

Presentation Conference Type Other
Conference Name 1st Working in public seminar
Conference Location Aberdeen, UK
Start Date Mar 27, 2007
End Date Mar 28, 2007
Deposit Date Aug 25, 2009
Publicly Available Date Aug 25, 2009
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