The Art of Public Space

Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City

Authors: Gurney, Kim

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A journey through Johannesburg via three art projects raises intriguing notions about the constitutive relationship between the city, imagination and the public sphere- through walking, gaming and performance art. Amid prevailing economic validations, the trilogy posits art within an urban commons in which imagination is all-important.

About the authors

Kim Gurney is a visual artist, journalist and academic. She is a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities and the University of Johannesburg's Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre, South Africa. Her own art generally engages invisibilities or disappearance and attempts restorative gestures, and she runs a nomadic offspace for experimental work.

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“This book brings something new to the public space discourse that allows us to think beyond the specificity of Johannesburg. It indeed exposes the naturalised ways of thinking and talking about public space, which tend to privilege permanency and definition, while rendering invisible the processes by which public space is actually made. … Gurney re-politicises the debate in new ways, offering us critical tools to re-imagining and re-speak of public space in the city.” (Kate Dawson, Africa at LSE Book Review, blogs.lse.ac.uk, May, 2016)


"Regimes of segregation and inequality leave rigid marks on urban space that are difficult to undo. In this book, Kim Gurney analyzes a series of artistic interventions in the spaces of Johannesburg that challenged those marks. She masterfully shows how performances conceived in the spaces of the ordinary worked to undo rigidities of spatial separations and to forge alternative publics." - Teresa Caldeira, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"The Art of Public Space powerfully reiterates the ways in which urban actors do not inhabit worlds of preconceived social or subjective forms, but rather ever-shifting milieus where different ways of conceiving and enacting life intersect, and that artistic practice is a critical technology in re-imagining and reshaping these intersections. All technical practices conduct events, but artistic work is proving most salient in opening up urban contexts to events that anticipate and posit new ways of living together. Leveraging the multiplicity of performances that make up everyday Johannesburg, the artistic projects offered here attempt to reconfigure what its residents already see and experience but in ways that push it somewhere else, which collate and intensify these perceptions and experiences into new common grounds." - AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

" [...] an important text in [South Africa's] bid to grapple with ephemeral art, raising interesting discussions around definitions of value, public commons and the use of uncertainty and the unknown in art practice" - Lloyd Gedye,The Con

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Art of Public Space
Book Subtitle
Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43690-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137436900
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43689-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 194
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