Un­sitely Aes­thet­ics: Per­for­ma­tive En­coun­ters in Pub­lic Space

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  • Unsitely Aesthetics: the Reconfiguring of Public Space in Electronic Art

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  • Un­sitely Aes­thet­ics: Per­for­ma­tive En­coun­ters in Pub­lic Space

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  • Panel: Unsitely Aesthetics: the Reconfiguring of Public Space in Electronic Art

    Tra­di­tion­ally, pub­lic art or art in pub­lic spaces has been as­so­ci­ated with work that is, as Claire Do­herty stated in her cu­ra­to­r­ial pro­ject One Day Sculp­ture, “per­ma­nently sited, mon­u­men­tal and com­mem­o­ra­tive.” In my paper I will pre­sent and dis­cuss work that is made for, and in, pub­lic space, but in con­trast to this de­scrip­tion or de­f­i­n­i­tion, is nei­ther mon­u­men­tal nor fixed. Rather the prac­tices I am con­cerned with play out in pub­lic spaces (in­clud­ing the in­ter­net) but are not con­sid­ered pub­lic art. They work si­mul­ta­ne­ously across a num­ber of sites, both on­line and of­fline, and uti­lize a range of media strate­gies and in­ter­ven­tions. They are ephemeral, net­worked and per­for­ma­tive. I call these art prac­tices un­cer­tain and argue they exist at the in­ter­sec­tion of media art and con­tem­po­rary art. I pro­pose that these un­cer­tain prac­tices cre­ate a dif­fer­ent aes­thet­ics, one that I call un­sitely.

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