New Publications: Public art here, there and everywhere

Always excited by new publications! New (or still on the way) in 2015:

  • 2015, Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts, 1st edition, Australia Council for the Arts.  Available as an ebook,pdf, accessible version, and with a range of accompanying media releases and fact sheets…Arts Nation aims to fill “a critical gap by creating and interpreting a set of national indicators to increase our understanding of the Australian arts industry.” It brings together the work of key data collections and research organisations, along with the individual insights and experiences of eight leaders from across the arts sector, and an analysis of the impact of the arts.
  • Mark S Holsworth, 2015, Sculptures of Melbourne, Melbourne Books. Melbourne based writer, artist and blogger presents a researched, insiders account of Melbourne’s wealth of historical and contemporary public sculptures.Due for release in April.
  • Julia Lossau & Quentin Stevens (eds) 2015, The Uses of Art in Public Space, Routledge. Texts from 14 international scholars draw upon diverse disciplines, examples and locations to link two fields of interest: critical studies of   art in public space, and  social behaviour in the public realm. “Contributors are interested in the rich diversity of peoples’ engagements with public artworks across various spatial and temporal scales, encounters which do not limit themselves to the representational aspects of the art, and which are not necessarily as the artist, curator or sponsor intended.”
  • Claire Doherty (ed), 2015, Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place,  published by Art/Books in association with Situations, Public Art Agency Sweden and the European Network of Public Art Producers.  With texts by Claire Doherty, Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Matteo Lucchetti, Magdalena Malm and Alexis Zimberg, this book claims to bring  from around the world, “the most most significant artworks in the public realm of the last ten years”, with interviews, descriptions and images. Around forty works are discussed, organized around themes of ‘Displacement’, ‘Intervention’, ‘Disorientation’, ‘Occupation’ and ‘Perpetuation’.

Call for Artists’ Project Submissions: The Cinematic Turn

Public Art Dialogue is accepting artists’ projects submissions for The Cinematic Turn to be published in late  2015. Artists’ projects are unique artworks and/or art interventions designed specifically for the pages of Public Art Dialogue. Projects should relate to the theme of a particular issue and treat the journal itself as a site/space for public art. Artists of all disciplines and at all points in their careers are encouraged to submit to the journal. Submission deadline for The Cinematic Turn is March 15, 2015. For more information about Public Art Dialogue and for submission guidelines please visit

The Cinematic Turn
Co-Editors: Cher Krause Knight and Harriet F. Senie
Submission Deadline: 15 March 2015 (NB extended deadline)

With the rise of new technologies specifically relating to the moving image, the breadth of public art expanded as its practitioners engaged in more varied explorations, though it would be fair to say the migration of these technologies into public art was generally slower than their absorption into the museum and gallery. This issue focuses on the use of film, video and/or cinematic techniques and strategies, with the intention to recognize some of the earliest efforts to incorporate these art forms into public art practice as well as addressing their current manifestations.

The journal Public Art Dialogue is sponsored by the organisation of the same name, here. PAD aims to provide platforms for dialogue across the wide range of professions and disciplines that public art encompasses. Its membership includes art historians, artists, curators, administrators, educators, architects and landscape architects.

CFP: Material Culture in Action

Material Culture in Action: Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow UK
7-8 September 2015

Deadline: 15 March 2015

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, 60-minute panels and 5-minute poster presentations, from researchers and practitioners. The convenors aim to publish a selection of conference papers in an edited book:

This two-day international conference will investigate new directions in material culture studies by focusing on creative, critical and theoretical engagement with the material culture of art and design, both within and beyond the art school. … An emphasis on processes means paying close attention to places of production; from the art school, the studio, the print workshop, the pressing plant, the factory, the street, to the discrete – yet equally significant – realms of domestic life. Although places of consumption and display have been readily mapped out in academic and non-academic literature (Attfield 2007; Bronner 1989; Zola 1883), little has been written about the eminently complex environment of the studio and the art school.

We hope to generate a cross-disciplinary dialogue, engaging theorists and artists, thinkers, makers and collectors/connoisseurs of objects. Suggested areas of discussion include, but are not limited to:

 * THE ART SCHOOL: objects, meanings and subjectivities in the making

* MULTI-SENSORIAL and AFFECTIVE MATERIALITIES: touching, seeing, hearing, making



Further information and submission guidelines here.

CFP and Panels: New Materialisms Conference

Transversal Practices: Matter Ecology and Relationality

VI Conference on New Materialisms
Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
27-29 September 2015

Deadline: 16 February 2015

Keynote speakers include Erin Manning (SenseLab, Concordia University), Brian Martin (Deakin University) & Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow).

Abstracts for academic papers, creative proposals and “experimental and/or experiential laboratorium” are invited from scholars/writers/artists/scientists. All conference submissions will be referred with opportunities to submit completed papers for a refereed publication.

We encourage critical approaches that transversally cross the following: collectivity, corporeality/incorporeality, materiality/immateriality, indigeneity, individual/group subjectivity, knowledge-production/onto-epistemologies, language, temporality, transdisciplinarity, processes of making art/philosophy/ activism, and the three Ss—spatiality, sociality and the sensorium.

Transversal Practices focuses on how things, subjects, collectives, politics and disciplines are in the making; how they take-form and transform in relation to other elements, both human and nonhuman. Transversal Practices are concerned with ecologies where intensities of movement are aligned with and embrace hands-on attitude and artistic, scientific, ethnographical, philosophical and activist praxis.
We offer three keywords to inspire thinking and to carve out the specificities of practice. Matter refers to ubiquitous, vibrant and continuous becoming that is one of the central concerns of New Materialism: practices are always material, and surprising in nature. Ecology indicates an open and continuously transforming system, which depends upon how its components relate to each other. Relationality, for its part, is the moving principle of being in the world, or with the world. We become in relation to others. We co-emerge, as do artworks, ideas and collectives.

We welcome contributions that address, for example, the following questions:
How do transversal practices work and how can we account or conceptualise them?
What kind of methodologies do they necessitate, or call for?

The conference is sponsored by the Faculty of the VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne in co-operation with ISCH COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’.

Further information and submission guidelines here.

CFP & Artworks: QUEER(ED) ART

Queer(ed) Art: Artistic Practices of Sexual Difference and Radical Possibilities

Sponsored session by the Space, Sexualities & Queer Research Group (SSQRG)
2015 Annual International Conference, Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with Institute of British Geographers (IBG)
2-­4 September, 2015
Exeter, UK

Convened by: Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds, United Kingdom) & Andrew Gorman-Murray (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Deadline: 12 February 2015

Proposals are invited for conference papers, academic op-ed pieces and artistic interventions – photography, film, music/song, dance, poetry, multi-media installation or virtual exhibits – which may enable cross-disciplinary, cross-place and multi-sensorial renditions of the theme in “more-than-human assemblages” –  from scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases:

Queer studies to date have under-elaborated how social difference across sexual disposition, sexual lifestyle and sexual interaction critically intersect with various spaces of artistic practice and expression. We see ‘queer’ as a critical post-structuralist stance towards sexuality. Queer can also be considered a social identity of the ‘sexual dissident’, someone or something that is a-typical, a-normal or ‘different’. Here, queer can either be a category assigned by normative social practice or rather a heterodox denotation embodied as the critical antipode of such normative practice.

Mundane encounters with queer, or sexual diversity in general, can be artistically expressed and negotiated through visual arts, performance, language, fashion, film, music, dance, literature, poetry, etc. by any humans (not only by those commonly considered artists) in contexts stretching over and interlinking various spaces, e.g., the home, the gallery, the museum, public space, the city/urban development, the governmental sphere and/or online communities. We are interested in how such socio-spatial artistic practices, expressions, mobilities and negotiations are (un)critically queering social identity and how art in and of itself can be queered according to sexual normativities.

Sexual (contra)normativities are played out in social regimes over space and time and in so doing in interface with social identity markers of gender, ethnicity, class, age, health, (dis)ability, religion, nationality, etc. Particularly along these time-spaces of intersectionalities, we wonder how artistic practices may articulate kaleidoscopic pin-points to radically challenge queered sexual citizenships. How may such layered understanding of queer(ed) art critically redress – and potentially put in a caveat against – sexual normativities and as such offer an intellectual platform for radical social change towards a more sexually inclusive society here and there?

This session looks for papers or academic op-eds that meet the above research niche and thus provide theoretical, methodological and/or empirical gravity to envisage radical social change through the window of queer(ed) art. We invite scholars across disciplines, stages of career and research phases to engage with this subject, departing from specific pertinent social and cultural theories that speak to the scope of this Call.

Further information and submission info here.
Conference website here.

New Year, old resolutions

Welcome to 2015 and my first post for the year, hope the year is a good one for you and yours…

I won’t ask you to listen to a recitation of my New Year’s resolutions (which, for anyone that’s heard them before, would likely be the same as those of recent years). I have, however, managed to spend some time over the last couple of weeks clearing out old emails and journal alerts. It’s progress of a sort!

For your browsing pleasure (?), here’s the collection of (mainly) 2014 publications that emerged from that process – in no particular order, the ones I thought I should have read, should read sometime soon, or should otherwise put aside for future reference (i.e. these are the one’s I didn’t see last year, it’s neither a comprehensive list of 2014 publications, nor a critical favourites or “must read” list – and if you think I’m looking for public art in all the wrong places, I hope you’ll feel free to share your own suggestions!) :


Journal Special Issues

Journal articles

Public Art, Public Sculpture

Contemporary Art

Public Space

Urban Space, Urban Design, Regeneration & Renewal

Public Sphere

Memory, Commemoration

SPATIAL Practices….

Policy, Discourse, Method…