Live Stage: Public Art of the Sustainable City [tr Istanbul]

ISEA Istanbul presents Public Art of the Sustainable City — Chair Per­sons: Eliz­a­beth Monoian, Robert Ferry; Pre­sen­ters: Pa­tri­cia Watts, Nacho Zamora, Glen Lowry :: Sep­tem­ber 20, 2011; 9:00 – 10:30 am :: Sa­banci Cen­ter Room 2, Sa­banci Cen­ter, Lev­ent.

This panel dis­cus­sion will ad­dress the con­tin­uum of pub­lic art, clean en­ergy prece­dents, and con­tem­po­rary tech­nolo­gies. Within this frame­work we will out­line and il­lus­trate the po­ten­tial that in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary teams and com­mu­ni­ties around the world have to ex­pand both the di­a­logue and ac­tual change. As we en­deavor to ex­tri­cate civ­i­liza­tion from fos­sil fuel de­pen­dence, the ex­is­ten­tial de­bate over the pur­pose of art de­serves re­newed at­ten­tion in the con­text of nat­ural ecol­ogy and human con­sump­tion. Is it pos­si­ble for works of pub­lic art to con­tribute ac­tively to the so­lu­tion to the prob­lems that con­front us? Can in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary art in­spire, through ex­am­ple, the type of so­cial change re­quired to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact of human con­sump­tion on the planet? Pa­pers pre­sented will pre­sent ex­am­ples of pro­jects at var­i­ous scales that seek to ad­dress eco­log­i­cal is­sues, be­yond di­dac­tic ex­pres­sion, through the in­cor­po­ra­tion of tech­nol­ogy.

This panel dis­cus­sion will ad­dress the con­tin­uum of pub­lic art, clean en­ergy prece­dents, and con­tem­po­rary tech­nolo­gies. Within this frame­work we will out­line and il­lus­trate the po­ten­tial that in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary teams and com­mu­ni­ties around the world have to ex­pand both the di­a­logue and ac­tual change.

Paper Ab­stracts

New Aes­thetic En­ergy In­fra­struc­ture and the Land Art Gen­er­a­tor Ini­tia­tive
by Eliz­a­beth Monoian and Robert Ferry

Through a bi­en­nial de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, the Land Art Gen­er­a­tor Ini­tia­tive gath­ers ideas that seek to cre­ate sub­stan­tive mod­els for change and that ad­dress pub­lic art within the urban fab­ric of a sus­tain­able fu­ture. The goal of LAGI is to de­sign and con­struct a se­ries of large-scale site-spe­cific pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions that uniquely com­bine art with util­ity scale clean en­ergy gen­er­a­tion. The art­works uti­lize the lat­est in re­new­able en­ergy sci­ence and in­no­vate the ap­pli­ca­tion of new tech­nolo­gies. The art it­self will con­tin­u­ously dis­trib­ute clean kilo­watts of en­ergy into the elec­tri­cal grid with each land art sculp­ture hav­ing the po­ten­tial to pro­vide power to hun­dreds or even thou­sands of homes, while ful­fill­ing its tra­di­tional role—pub­lic art as con­cep­tu­ally en­gag­ing amenity to our com­mon space.

In this talk we will dis­cuss both the 2010 LAGI com­pe­ti­tion for the United Arab Emi­rates and the up­com­ing 2012 com­pe­ti­tion for Fresh Kills Park in New York City.

Pub­lic Art Ecol­ogy in North Amer­ica
by Pa­tri­cia Watts

How can pub­lic art uti­lize new tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate eco­log­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture that con­tributes to both the aes­thet­ics and sus­tain­abil­ity of cities? In this talk, I will give ex­am­ples of in­no­v­a­tive “green” Pub­lic Art Mas­ter Plans in North Amer­ica that have been de­vel­oped in the last decade, and dis­cuss spe­cific artists and pro­jects that both har­ness and ex­press the po­ten­tial of tech­nol­ogy to ad­dress global re­source con­ser­va­tion.

Solar Art­works
by Nacho Zamora

“Solar Art­works” com­bines art, ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, sci­ence, and a com­mon ob­jec­tive: how to make our cities more sus­tain­able through pub­lic art. We can find solar art­works in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, and their cre­ators gen­er­ally are mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary groups of spe­cial­ists. In this con­fer­ence we will see some of the most in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ples of solar art­works stud­ied in the frame of “Solar Art­works” to date, in par­tic­u­lar how dif­fer­ent the pro­jects can be, and why they have been cre­ated. More in­for­ma­tion avail­able on http://​www.​solarartworks.​com/​.

E/merg­ing Publics? In­terur­ban Col­lab­o­ra­tion and Build­ing Con­nec­tion across Dis­parate No­tions of Pub­lic Space
by Dr. Glen Lowry

In­creas­ingly, artists and schol­ars seek (or are in­vited) to cre­ate di­a­logic works ca­pa­ble of cap­ti­vat­ing and ac­ti­vat­ing publics across dis­parate geo-po­lit­i­cal lo­ca­tions. How­ever, in as much as it de­pends on our abil­ity to trans­port/trans­late en­gage­ment strate­gies across bor­ders and be­tween cities, this type of work ne­ces­si­tates care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of un­der­ly­ing as­sump­tions about the cul­tural po­lit­i­cal func­tions of con­tem­po­rary pub­lic art. In the con­text of new urban spaces and emerg­ing publics, these in­terur­ban col­lab­o­ra­tions chal­lenge the pri­macy of Eu­ro­pean or North Amer­i­can mod­els. In an at­tempt to lo­cate key ques­tions about the global mo­bil­ity of pub­lic art and pub­lic art dis­courses, this paper draws on the ex­am­ple of Maraya, an on­go­ing in­ter­na­tional art pro­ject that strives to link urban sites in Van­cou­ver, Canada, and Dubai, UAE: http://​www.​marayaprojects.​com. It be­gins from the no­tion that Van­cou­ver and Dubai are or­ga­nized around very dif­fer­ent no­tions of pub­lic space, based on dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tions to a Eu­ro­pean bour­geois pub­lic sphere. From here, my paper will set out to de­scribe key is­sues in­volved in think­ing or work­ing through in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions, specif­i­cally around is­sues of global mo­bil­i­ties, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tice, and bridg­ing publics.

Bios of the Par­tic­i­pants

Robert Ferry, RA, LEED AP BD+C, is a USA li­censed ar­chi­tect and a grad­u­ate of Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity. His ar­chi­tec­tural focus is on de­sign­ing build­ings and other pub­lic ob­jects that go above and be­yond cur­rent pop­u­lar no­tions of sus­tain­abil­ity to achieve com­plete har­mony with their local and global en­vi­ron­ments and with the peo­ple that use them.

While based in the UAE, he has con­sulted on such pro­jects as MAS­DAR City and ADNOC HQ. He is the de­signer of less-than-zero-im­pact or “pos­i­tive-im­pact” build­ings that dou­ble as a re­new­able en­ergy power-plants for cities, pay­ing back their car­bon debt through the ex­cess clean en­ergy they gen­er­ate. Robert is co-founder of the Land Art Gen­er­a­tor Ini­tia­tive and Stud­ied Im­pact De­sign.

Eliz­a­beth Monoian is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist and de­signer who uses the In­ter­net, pub­lic spaces, elec­tronic noise, video, and per­for­mance. She is cur­rently work­ing on large-scale in­ter­na­tional pub­lic art pro­jects that both ad­dress and ex­pose mod­els of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Her work has screened and ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally in venues in­clud­ing: The First Bi­en­nial of Oran, Al­ge­ria; Video’ Ap­part, In­ter­na­tional Video Art Bi­en­nial, Paris & Dubai; the XXIII Moscow In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Moscow, Rus­sia; An­thol­ogy Film Archives, NYC; Open Screen Bel­grade, Bel­grade, Ser­bia; Fes­ti­val of Ac­tual Kino, Novosi­birsk, Rus­sia; The Ki­asma Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Helsinki, Fin­land; and the In­ter­na­tional Media Art Fes­ti­val at the Ar­men­ian Cen­ter of Con­tem­po­rary Ex­per­i­men­tal Art, Yere­van, Ar­me­nia.

Eliz­a­beth re­ceived an MFA from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity and is cur­rently As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Art & De­sign at Zayed Uni­ver­sity. She is co-founder of the Land Art Gen­er­a­tor Ini­tia­tive and Stud­ied Im­pact De­sign.

Pa­tri­cia Watts has cu­rated nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions with site spe­cific in­stal­la­tions in the pub­lic sphere in­clud­ing a large scale tem­po­rary wind en­ergy in­stal­la­tion en­ti­tled Wind­sock Cur­rents on Crissy Field in the Pre­sidio, San Fran­cisco, for UN World En­vi­ron­ment Day (2005). She has par­tic­i­pated on four Amer­i­cans for the Arts “Green” Pub­lic Art Net­work pan­els at their an­nual con­fer­ences and a we­bi­nar fo­cused on the artist se­lec­tion process. Watts was Chief Cu­ra­tor at the Sonoma County Mu­seum, Cal­i­for­nia (USA) from 2005-2008. http://​patriciawatts.​blogspot.​com

ecoart­space is a non­profit plat­form pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists who ad­dress the human/na­ture re­la­tion­ship in the vi­sual arts. Since 1999 they have col­lab­o­rated with over 150 or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­duce more than 40 ex­hi­bi­tions, 100 pro­grams, work­ing with 400 + artists in 15 states na­tion­ally and 8 coun­tries in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Nacho Zamora is a Span­ish pub­lic art re­searcher who has cu­rated an in­ter­na­tional pre­sen­ta­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion of solar art­works: re­new­able en­ergy–fo­cused tech­nol­ogy, art and de­sign. He re­ceived a Bach­e­lor in Fine Arts at the Uni­ver­sity of Mur­cia (Spain), and spe­cial­ized in pub­lic art for a Mas­ter of Artis­tic Pro­duc­tion at the Poly­tech­nic Uni­ver­sity of Va­len­cia (Spain). His in­ter­est is based on the syn­the­sis be­tween con­cepts like sus­tain­abil­ity, ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion within the field of pub­lic art.

Nacho Zamora is cur­rently work­ing on a Doc­toral Dis­ser­ta­tion ti­tled “Solar Art­works”. The goal of this pro­ject is to com­pile a com­plete re­port about solar art­works and their cre­ators.

Glen Lowry, PhD, is a Van­cou­ver-based writer, ed­i­tor and ed­u­ca­tor. His work fo­cuses on cre­ative-crit­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween artists and aca­d­e­mics, par­tic­u­larly in the con­text of new and emerg­ing publics. With Henry Tsang and M. Simon Levin, Lowry is a lead re­searcher for Maraya, a large-scale pub­lic art­work link­ing urban wa­ter­front spaces in Van­cou­ver and Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates: http://​www.​marayaprojets.​com. Since 2002, he has edited West Coast Line, a Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity-based cul­tural jour­nal, and he is a found­ing ed­i­tor of LINE­books, a mi­cro­press spe­cial­iz­ing ex­per­i­men­tal, west coast po­etry and po­et­ics. In 2009, he pub­lished Pa­cific Av­enue, his first book of po­etry. Lowry is the As­sis­tant Dean of Cul­ture and Com­mu­nity at Emily Carr Uni­ver­sity of Art + De­sign.

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