The Situational Drive — Complexities of Public Sphere Engagement

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Date/Time: 12/05/2007 12:00 am

A Weekend Conference Presented by
Creative Time, inSite, and The Cooper Union
May 12-13, 2007 New York City
Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7th St, btw 3rd and 4th Ave.
Organized by Joshua Decter.
A partnership between inSite San Diego/Tijuana and Creative Time, New
York, in collaboration with The Cooper Union School of Art.
This 2-day multidisciplinary conference presents a sequence of panel
discussions, conversations, and art projects rethinking the challenges of
artistic, curatorial, architectural and theoretical engagement in urban and
other public spheres.
What is at stake today in terms of public domain experiences? How do we
know the impact of cultural projects upon the imaginations of citizens? Do
we believe in the possibility of transforming publics? What is the nature of
our situational drive?
In the network society everyone puts together their own city. Naturally this
touches on the essence of the concept of public domain…Public domain
experiences occur at the boundary between friction and freedom.
Maarten Hajer and Arnold Reijndorp, In Search of New Public Domain
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Opening remarks:
Saskia Bos (Dean of The School of Art, Cooper Union), Michael
Krichman (Executive Director, inSite), Anne Pasternak (President,
Creative Time), Joshua Decter (Conference organizer; Graduate Faculty,
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College)
Keynote Conversation: The Frictions of Public Domain Experience
Maarten Hajer (Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University
of Amsterdam; co-founder, Amsterdam Centre for Conflict Studies) in
conversation with Krzysztof Wodiczko (Artist, New York; Professor of
Visual Arts, MIT, Boston)
Moderator: Anthony Vidler (Professor and Dean of The School of
Architecture, Cooper Union)
Agility and Structure: Organizing Transitory Projects in the City
Vasif Kortun (Director, Platform Garanti, Istanbul), Mary Jane Jacob
(Curator; Chair and Professor of Sculpture, The School of the Art Institute
of Chicago), Osvaldo Sanchez (Artistic Director, inSite_05; Director, Museo
de Arte Moderno (MAM), Mexico City), Tom Eccles (Executive Director,
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; former Director, Public Art
Fund, NY)
Moderators: Joshua Decter and Peter Eleey (Visual Arts Curator, Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis)
Under the Paving Stones, A Beach
A webcast conversation with Mark Beasley (Curator, Creative Time) and
Gelitin (4-man artist collective, Vienna) as they dig a hole at Coney Island
Beach—one of the projects in Creative Time’s exhibition Six Actions for
New York City.
Designing Your Social Engagement
Michael Rakowitz (Artist, New York/Chicago; Associate Professor in Art
Theory and Practice, Northwestern University), Judi Werthein (Artist,
Brooklyn/Buenos Aires), Rick Lowe (Artist; Founder, Project Row Houses,
Houston), Bulbo (Artists Collective, Tijuana, Mexico)
Moderator: Nato Thompson (Curator, Creative Time)
Remote Locations
France Morin (Curator, New York) discusses The Quiet in the Land
projects in Luang Prabang, Laos with Allan Sekula (Artist, Los Angeles;
Professor, California Institute of the Arts) and Vong Phaophanit (Artist,
London). Hamish Fulton (Artist, Canterbury/Kent, England ) speaks about
his walks in New York in conjunction with Cooper Union and Creative Time.
Moderators: Joshua Decter and Anne Pasternak
Mi Casa, Su Casa
Paul Ramirez Jonas (Artist, Brooklyn; Professor, Bard College) presents a
reactivation of a lecture developed for inSite_05 Interventions, involving a
key exchange with audience members. The project explores connections
between trust, social boundaries/borders, security, and fear.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Opening remarks: Joshua Decter
Development and Public Space:
Architecture as Social Intervention
Teddy Cruz (Associate Professor in Public Culture and Urbanism, Visual
Arts Department, UCSD) in conversation with Michael Sorkin (Director,
Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York), Laura
Kurgan (Director of Visual Studies and the Spatial Information Design Lab,
Columbia University) and David Harvey (Distinguished Professor, Program
in Anthropology, C.U.N.Y.)
Moderator: Joseph Grima (Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture)
Communication, Fear, Contact
Antoni Muntadas (Artist, New York; Visiting Professor, MIT, Boston) in
conversation with Dennis Adams (Artist; Professor, Cooper Union)
Moderator: Judith Barry (Artist and Writer, New York)
Complexities of Participatory Practice
Markus Miessen (Architect/Researcher/Writer, London), Nina
Katchadourian (Artist, Brooklyn), Mans Wrange (Artist, Stockholm;
Professor, Konstfack, Stockholm), Anton Vidokle (Artist, Berlin/New York;
organizer of unitednationsplaza, Berlin)
Moderator: Doug Ashford (Artist; Assistant Professor, Cooper Union)
Javier Tellez (Artist, New York) in conversation with Joshua Decter and
Mark Beasley
Doug Aitken (Artist, Los Angeles) in conversation with Peter Eleey
Navigating Urban Flows
Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Media Practitioner/Writer, Raqs Media
Collective, Delhi), Rosten Woo (Director, CUP (Center for Urban
Pedagogy), New York), Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology, The
University of Chicago and the London School of Economics), Kyong Park
(Artist/Architect, Founder/Director of the International Center for Urban
Moderator: Ute Meta Bauer (Associate Professor, Director of the Visual
Arts Program, MIT, Boston)
The Situational Drive is made possible, in part, by Artography: Arts in a
Changing America, a grant and documentation program of Leveraging
Investments in Creativity, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by haudenschildGarage and the
Ronald and Lucille Neeley Foundation.
Media sponsor:
Tickets are free, no reservations necessary.
For information visit www.creativetime.org .

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