This symposium aimed to open and extend dialogue about the role of artistic practice in shaping new ways of impacting and understanding urban change.
Speakers explored the role of artists and creative practitioners in the generative character of art in an urban context. Participants were invited for their contribution to art practice, city planning, art research in public space, activism, policy development and theoretical reflection. Four aspects of the contemporary city were explored: Contested City, Mapped City, Temporal City and Creative City. The key question being addressed was: What role does art and creative practice play in shaping and mapping the contemporary and future city?
Urban space defines the 21st century. Cities around the world are transforming the way we live. In this context, increasing numbers of artists are engaging with key social issues including climate change, population growth and movement, social equity and identity. Artists, educators, politicians, activists and planners can act to foster an informed public realm within which decisions can be made and actions taken to shape our future.
This symposium emerged out of issues addressed in Re-Imagining the City: Art, Globalization and Urban Spaces, recently published by Intellect Books, UK, edited by Professor Elizabeth Grierson and Dr Kristen Sharp. A second publication, Transformations: Art and the City, edited by Professor Elizabeth Grierson and Dr Geoff Hogg, will emerge out of this symposium and contribute to a continuing dialogue about the role of art in urban transformation.
The symposium was hosted by the RMIT University Art, Cities and Transformation Research Group and the Design Research Institute, coordinated by Professor Elizabeth Grierson, Dr Geoff Hogg, Dr Maggie McCormick. Technical coordinator: Ceri Hann.
Watch the symposium video by Paul Candy.
Music by Kevin MacLeod. Photography by Nicholas Gresson.
Book publication: Transformations: Art and the City
Following the successful symposium there have been many responses to the call for proposals for a new book, Transformations: Art and the City edited by Elizabeth Grierson and Geoff Hogg.
The book will investigate the active role of artistic practice in shaping new ways of impacting urban change. Chapters will address aspects of innovative city planning, art research in public space, art and activism, policy and planning, discovering/mapping, civic values, city aesthetics, community resilience.
The key question being addressed in the book is: What role does art and creative practice play in shaping and mapping the contemporary and future city? The book will be organised into four key themes: Contested City, Mapped City, Temporal City and Creative City.
Negotiations are underway with a European publisher to give this book a high level international profile. An announcement will be made soon.
The project is being managed by Professor Elizabeth Grierson. Please contact Elizabeth if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-Imaging the City: Art, globalization and urban spaces book launch
See CAST publications.