Presented/Organized by symposium organizers
Public art has become an integral part of contemporary art practice. From urban interventions to participatory projects; artists, curators and collectives are actively exploring the thresholds of public, private and social space. Approaching public art as an expanded field of inquiry that questions the very notion of what public art is or can be, these wide ranging initiatives offer a platform that fosters innovative approaches that challenge institutional barriers and encourage critical engagement. Importantly, these initiatives also assist in alternative forms of community building: whether by challenging traditional orthodoxies or facilitating new work by emerging artists and cultural producers. This panel will explore a sampling of innovative models that push the envelope and have had a critical impact on the perception of public art in Canada.
Moderated by: Ivan Jurakic, Director/Curator at University of Waterloo Art Gallery
Panelists: Gordon Hatt, Executive Director, CAFK+A; Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta, Artistic Directors & Curators of Art Spin; Bojana Videkanic Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo; Vanessa Kwan, Other Sights