Public Art, Private Views: Exploring Art in Public Spaces

Public Art, Private Views: Exploring Art in Public Spaces

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Public Art Private Views is an exploration of art in the public realm--how it gets there, how it's made, and the role art plays in creating communities in urban environments.

Packaged as a two-dvd set with a printed Educator's Discussion Guide, Public Art Private Views consists of 23 short films on two chaptered DVDs, grouped by topic. Topics include artists, curators, architects, addressing the site, civic administration, and the role of art in the city. Also profiled are community art-making and unofficial art: a bridge erected between neighbours.

Featured are curators Scott Watson, Bill Jeffries, ; Canadian artists Ken Lum, Lorna Brown, and Liz Magor; and international artists Sophie Ryder, Folke Kobberling and Martin Kaltwasser, and others.

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Artist's statement:

I became fascinated by the profusion of public art leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics and decided it would make an interesting topic for my MA thesis project in Liberal Studies, an interdisciplinary program. Having a film background, I decided to make the investigation a documentary video. I interviewed 50 people, and recorded over 70 hours of material, far more than I could use in my thesis. This postgraduate project is the result: three hours on two DVDs of my exploration of art in public spaces.

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