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…


On events past and present

While I’ve been neglecting the blog over the last few months, I’ve nevertheless been taking inspiration from a few local opportunities and events!

Suzanne Paquette at her recent Adelaide seminar reminded me that the city is always already photographic, drawing on Latour’s concept of the cascade of images (or inscriptions) to outline the work of the Art and Site project in charting out (and also intervening in) relationships between urban space and the virtual (incidentally sending me off to visit the Ugly Public Art flickr group!)

The Competing Urbanisms workshop in Melbourne, organised by Lachlan MacDowall and Alison Young  (author of the recent book Street Art, Public City. Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination) brought together “academics and graduate students from Law, Criminology, Art History, Politics, Architecture, Urban Geography and Cultural Studies”, as well as writers, artists, policymakers, curators and architects and others, to facilitate conversations on “how urban interventions such as graffiti, street art and skateboarding are re-shaping city spaces and the way in which we use, interpret, regulate and create public space”.

To give a brief flavour of the event: a highlight was the discussions with local graffiti and street art practioners; Professor Andreas Brighenti (University of Trento), in his keynote address, gave examples of changing practices of urban representation as one way to introduce the concept of (competing) valuing practices; Kurt Iveson highlighted that power is distributed, bringing attention to the competitions that take place among individuals and agencies over the authority to shape public spaces and asking what kinds of authority it is that street artists enact in particular situations;  Lachlan MacDowall raised Taussig’s discussion of defacement as a touchstone for thinking about graffiti.

Participant Sabina Andron, PhD researcher at UCL (“Skin Deep: The material site specificity of urban surface inscriptions”), also took the opportunity to promote the forthcoming Graffitisessions in London, at which Alison Young is a speaker….

so, on the principle of better late than never, here is some information about this and a collection of other events that I would have quite liked to attend (or perhaps still might!):


Conference calls…

Here’s a couple of conference calls of interest that I missed in the last round! (Thanks to Trish Hansen of Arts SA and Maggie McCormick at RMIT Art in Public Space for sending these through:)

1. CFP: The Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference

Faculty of Fine Arts, Lisbon
3-7 July 2014
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February 2014

Hosted by the Art History Institute/line of Contemporary Art Studies (IHA/EAC) of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon; and the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.

This conference aims to unite the interests of anthropologists, art historians, architects, urban planners, designers, artists and institutions as well as a wide diversity of visual arts and cultural studies researchers. Paper proposals are sought that address one of the following four themes:

A. On the scale of the City
B. On the user and groups
C. On the actions and works
D. On the side effects

Further details and submission guidelines here.

2. Call for Papers, Artworks: Invisible Places, Sounding Cities. Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place

18-20 July 2014
Viseu, Portugal
Deadline for abstracts: 14 March 2014

Often acoustic space is ignored in the construction of a public space, yet the negative impact this has does not seem to get many complaints. People rarely require more quality of the sonic world, because the average consumer does not have the necessary references to change this state of affairs. We know that the prevalence of noise or sounds that do not convey any social significance and are a disturbance of the quality of life, reduces the ability to identify with the place we inhabit. It is therefore urgent to think about the acoustical problems societies are facing today and integrate that thinking in urban planning, architecture and management of public space, because the idea we have of ourselves, our personal awareness and the relationships we build in the external world, are inextricably linked to a space. We all exist somewhere. And personal identity also relates to this.

The conference will be structured according to the following themes:

Stream 1: Architecture and urban planning, keynote speaker Jean-Paul Thibaud
Stream 2: Urban sounds, identity and sense of place, keynote speaker Brandon Labelle
Stream 3: Sound art as public art, keynote speaker Salome Voegelin

The organisers invite submissions of theoretical, practical or experimental research work that reflects on the idea of Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place.

Further info and submission guidelines here.