Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture

Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Permanent Public Art Installation for Stephen P. Clark Government Center by Reconfiguring Site alumnus Ivan Toth Depeña.
March 26, 2012
Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture

Crossing the boundaries into architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, new media technologies and other arenas, the revitalization of public art has become a global trend, as more sensitivity to the nuance of site is increasingly valued. This residency will delve into a process that reflects key site-specific aspects and intrinsic elements: scale, history, social meaning and formal aesthetics.

Created for the artist or design professional who wants to learn the tools of making art in the public realm, this will be a hands-on intensive program, highlighting collaborative initiatives within architecture and landscape architecture as well as giving participants the opportunity to create ephemeral site-specific artworks. Participants will have the option of completing a temporary installation in the streets of New York with the director of AIOP (Art in Odd Places) as well as have their work considered for a public artwork in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Transportation (DOT) Public Art Program for the following year.

Taking full advantage of New York City’s rich resources, participants will occupy a studio space steps away from the Chelsea gallery district and have access to state-of-the-art sculpture facilities. Additionally, artists will be in constant dialogue with top professionals in the field: leading artists, architects, landscape architects, curators and critics. Through the workshops and the guidance of faculty and guest lecturers, interdisciplinary and collaborative teams will be encouraged and artists will develop and present a professional proposal. Thoughtful concepts for the site that engage in a process reflecting all its key aspects will be encouraged.

This program is an innovative model for interdisciplinary approaches to public art. Covering topics such as reading from the plan, grant proposal writing, contracts, funding for self-initiated projects and workshops in fabrication, the residency offers an intensive and comprehensive six weeks. Prominent figures working in these areas will discuss their practice and offer critiques of participants’ work.

SVA’s state-of-the-art digital sculpture facility offers the resources for experimenting with ideas in an environment conducive to creative exploration and supportive of logistical issues involved in public art pursuits. Sculpture facilities and facilities for working with custom electronics, high-end digital photography, video, 3D graphics and sound production equipment are available. To explore making models for public installation, artists also have access to rapid prototyping, laser and CNC routing technologies. Computer workstations integrated into the sculpture facilities allow artists to create 3D models for output.

Faculty and lecturers have included Charlotte Cohen, Craig Dykers, Eiko and Koma, Wendy Feuer, Anita Glesta, Kendal Henry, Barry Holden, Meredith Johnson, Anne Pasternak, Lauren Ross, Meryl Taradash, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Nina Yankowitz.

Dates: July 2-August 10, 2012
Tuition: 4000 USD

For an application or further information contact:

Keren Moscovitch
Division of Continuing Education
School of Visual Arts
Tel: 212.592.2188
[email protected]

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