New Year, old resolutions (again): 2016

Best wishes for 2016!

Here I am at the end of my short summer break with yet another list of things that I should remember to come back to…

Having spent some time sifting through the weight of old and unread emails, journal alerts and odd papers, I’ve bookmarked the eclectic collection of (mostly 2015) publications that remained for future reference. As in my 2015 post, this list is NOT intended as a comprehensive public art bibliography, nor a critical favourites or “must read” list – nevertheless, several people mentioned last year that they found it useful, so I’m sharing here.

Happy reading (thinking, making…)!

[Please do let me know any corrections and feel free to share your own suggestions/additions here or on the Facebook group.]


Conference Proceedings


Journals – Special Issues/Themed Sections

Journal articles

  • Julia Aoki & Ayaka Yoshimizu, 2015, ‘Walking Histories, Un/making Places: Walking Tours as Ethnography of Place’, Space & Culture 18(3): 273-284
  • Jonathan Bach, 2016, ‘The Berlin Wall after the Berlin Wall: Site into sight’, Memory Studies 9(1):48
  • Andrea Baldini, 2015, ‘An Urban Carnival on the City Walls: The Visual Representation of Financial Power in European Street Art’, Journal of Visual Culture 14(2):246-252
  • Debra Benita Shaw, 2015, ‘Streets for Cyborgs: The Electronic Flâneur and the Posthuman City,’ Space & Culture 18(3): 230-242
  • Tony Bennett, 2015, ‘Cultural Studies and the Culture Concept’, Cultural Studies 29(4): 546-568, DOI: 10.1080/09502386.2014.1000605
  • Paul Bunyan, 2015, ‘Regenerating the City: People, Politics, Power and the Public Sphere’, Local Government Studies 41 (3): 362-378, DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2014.982109
  • Kevin J. Burke, Stuart Greene, and Maria K. McKenna, 2016, ‘A Critical Geographic Approach to Youth Civic Engagement: Reframing Educational Opportunity Zones and the Use of Public Spaces’, Urban Education 51(2):143
  • Ingrid Campo-Ruiz, 2015, ‘Malmö Eastern Cemetery and Lewerentz’s critical approach to monumentality’, Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 35(4): 328-344, DOI: 10.1080/14601176.2015.1079422
  • Deborah Chambers & David Baines , 2015, ‘A gift to the community? Public relations, public art and the news media’, European Journal of Cultural Studies 18(6): 639-655
  • Andrew Crisp, Anne Clarke & Ursula K Frederick, 2014, ‘Battlefield or gallery?: A comparative analysis of contemporary mark-making practices in Sydney, Australia’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Jill Desimini, 2015, ‘Limitations of the Temporary. Landscape and Abandonment’, Journal of Urban History 41(2: 279-293, doi: 10.1177/0096144214563502
  • Boyd Dirk Blackwell, Brian Dollery & Bligh James Grant, 2015, ‘Institutional vehicles for place-shaping in remote Australia’, Space & Polity 19(2):150-169, DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2015.1014227
  • Cameron Duff & David Moore, 2015, ‘Going out, getting about: atmospheres of mobility in Melbourne’s night-time economy’ Social & Cultural Geography 16(3): 299-314, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2014.979864
  • Ursula K Frederick, 2014, ‘Shake well midden: An archaeology of contemporary graffiti production in Perth, Western Australia’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Ursula K Frederick & Anne Clarke, 2014, ‘Signs of the times: Archaeological approaches to historical and contemporary graffiti’, Australian Archaeology (78)
  • Jordan Frith & Kati Fargo Ahern, 2015, ‘Make a sound garden grow: Exploring the new media potential of social soundscaping’, Convergence 21(4): 496-508
  • Abigail Gilmore & Roberta Comunian, 2016, ‘Beyond the campus: higher education, cultural policy and the creative economy’, International Journal of Cultural Policy 22(1):1-9 , DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1101089
  • Leslie A. Hahner & Scott J. Varda, 2014, ‘Yarn Bombing and the Aesthetics of Exceptionalism’, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11(4): 301-321, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2014.959453
  • Susan Hansen & Flynn Danny, 2015, ‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest’, Continuum 29(6): 898-912, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2015.1073685
  • Victoria Hattam, 2016, ‘Imperial designs: Remembering Vietnam at the US–Mexico border wall’, Memory Studies 9(1):27
  • Amanda Johnson Ashley, 2015, ‘Beyond the Aesthetic. The Historical Pursuit of Local Arts Economic Development’, Journal of Planning History 14(1): 38-61, doi: 10.1177/1538513214541616
  • Tanya J King, 2015, ‘Encrypted Landscapes, Nation-States: The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra’, Space and Culture 18(2): 171-182, doi: 10.1177/1206331214524495
  • Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, 2015, ‘Illuminights: A Sensory Study of Illuminated Urban Environments in Copenhagen’, Space and Culture 18(2) 112-131, doi: 10.1177/1206331213516910
  • Thomas Lemke, 2015, ‘Foucault and the ‘Government of Things’’, Theory, Culture & Society 32(4): 3
  • Moberley Luger, 2015, ‘Poetry as monument: Jenny Holzer and the memorial poems of 9/11’, Memory Studies 8(2):183
  • David Mercera & Prashanti Mayfield, 2015, ‘City of the Spectacle: White Night Melbourne and the politics of public space’, Australian Geographer 46(4): 507-534, DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2015.1058796
  • Andy Merrifield, 2015, ‘Amateur Urbanism’, City 19(5): 753-762
  • Vladimir Mikadze 2015, ‘Ephemeral Urban Landscapes of Guerrilla Gardeners: A Phenomenological Approach, Landscape Research 40(5): 519-529, DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2014.939617
  • Sophie Oldfield, 2015, ‘Between activism and the academy: The urban as political terrain’, Urban Studies 52(11):2072-2086
  • Fatma Pelin Ekdi & Hale Çıracı 2015, ‘Really public? Evaluating the publicness of public spaces in Istanbul by means of fuzzy logic modelling’, Journal of Urban Design 20(5): 658-676, DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1106919
  • Martin Phillips, Anna Woodham & Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, 2015, Foucault and museum geographies: a case study of the English ‘Renaissance in the Regions’, Social & Cultural Geography 16(7): 730-763, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2015.1009854
  • Carolin Schurra & Katharina Abdo, 2016, ‘Rethinking the place of emotions in the field through social laboratories’, Gender, Place & Culture 23(1):120-133, DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2014.970138
  • Robyn Sloggett, 2015, ‘Has Aboriginal art a future?’ Leonhard Adam’s 1944 essay and the development of the Australian Aboriginal art market’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 18(2):167
  • Quentin Stevens & Shanti Sumartojo, 2015, ‘Memorial Planning in London’, Journal of Urban Design 20(5) 615-635, DOI:10.1080/13574809.2015.1071655
  • Marita Sturken, 2016, ‘The objects that lived: The 9/11 Museum and material transformation’, Memory Studies 9(1):13
  • Emily Talen, 2015, ‘Do-it-Yourself Urbanism: A History’, Journal of Planning History 14(2): 135-148, doi: 10.1177/1538513214549325
  • Simone Tulumello, 2015, ‘From “Spaces of Fear” to “Fearscapes”: Mapping for Reframing Theories About the Spatialization of Fear in Urban Space’, Space & Culture 18(3): 257-272

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.

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…

Public art and accountability: published papers

Martin Zebracki and Joni Palmer have forwarded notice of the latest issue of Art & the Public Sphere (Volume 2, Issues 1-3, 2014). This interdisciplinary special issue on “Public art and accountability: Whose art for whose city?” is co-edited by Zebracki and Palmer and is aimed at “those working at the crossroads of art, space, identity and social impact and inclusion”.


Call for papers and artworks: Between Texts and Cities

Daniel Marques Sampaio (University of Hertfordshire) has forwarded a call for papers for a special themed issue of the journal Writing Visual Culture, “exploring the relationships between texts and urban spaces in contemporary society”. The editors also invite expressions of interest for visual contributions (e.g. videos, artworks, etc.), as the journal issue is part of a project that will include an exhibition, the details of which are still to come.

Writing Visual Culture is the journal of the Theorising Visual Art and Design (TVAD) research group at the University of Hertfordshire. It publishes original double-blind peer-reviewed open access scholarship on all aspects of visual culture, spanning art, design and media.

The urban spaces with which this edition is concerned are those of the contemporary, networked cities that have emerged since the crises of Capitalism of the 1970s. These contemporary networked cities are inseparable from texts:

    • from the ideologies that underpin their physical structure, their many organisms, their policies and functioning;
    • from the production, consumption, and circulation of information and data, which have turned cities into environments that require to be explored through their physical presence, as technological artefacts, as textual objects, and as symbolic entities;
    • from dissenting discourses that resist and challenge the transformations wrought by processes of Globalisation.

The aim of this themed edition is to reflect on ways of producing, reproducing, consuming, and actuating the urban; ways that approach experience and interpretation of the urban not as discrete activities, but as inseparable from one another.

We welcome submissions guided by, but not limited to, the following topics:

    •  Analyses of representations (fictional, cartographic, theoretical) of urban spaces and of the ‘urban experience’;
    • The influence of New Media, Big Data, and imaging technologies in the understanding of, and action within cities;
    • Ideal cities, utopias, dystopias, heterotopias;
    • Political and economic ideologies and urban spaces;
    • Arts in the city;
    • Textual interventions in urban spaces (graffiti, advertising, etc.

Abstracts of 200 words (for papers of 3000-6000 words)  should be submitted via email to Daniel Marques Sampaio and Michael Heilgemeir by Monday 1st September 2014.

Abstracts should make clear the connection between the proposed paper and the theme of the journal issue.

Completed papers must be original and not have been published previously or accepted for publication elsewhere, and be ready to be submitted in late November 2014 (for publication in mid 2015.)

Deadline for 200-word abstracts 1st September 2014
Deadline for completed papers 28th November 2014

Call for Submissions: Public Art Dialogue

The latest round of call for submissions for themed issues of the international, peer-reviewed journal Public Art Dialogue, includes the following:

Digital Art

Submissions Deadline: September 15, 2014
Guest Editors: John Craig Freeman and Mimi Sheller

In the 50th anniversary issue of Artforum, which focused on new media art, critic Claire Bishop asked: “Whatever happened to digital art? While many artists use digital technology, how many really confront the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital? How many thematize this, or reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the digitization of our existence?” These comments sparked debate across the digital art world because so many artists, curators and critics believe that exactly these kinds of questions are being explored by artists who use digital technology in a multitude of diverse, unstable, surprising and challenging ways. Digital art is not simply in a “new media niche” concerned only with technology. In their published response to Bishop, Lauren Cornell and Brian Droitcour wrote: “Digital art is no longer confined to ‘cyberspace.’ Concerns about networked technologies have been absorbed by artists who draw on their knowledge of painting, sculpture, performance, and installation, as well as an interest in computers and code.” In this issue we seek to highlight the full gamut of digital art with regard to its manifestations in public art, to interrogate what its real contributions are, and to extend the language and the contexts in which we understand it.

Submissions can include traditional scholarly articles, opinion pieces, ‘conversational dialogues’, and artists projects. Further information and submission guidelines are available here.

November opportunities and events

More lists:

(Included in my five year plan, if I had such a thing, would be my goal to write “The Lure of the List”. Ostensibly it would be a paper about public space research and taxonomy, but on reflection perhaps a critical analysis of the self too…)

On Now (or coming soon):

  • 21-22 November 2013  Conference: Cultural Economy: The Next Generation, Monash University Law Chambers, Lonsdale Street Melbourne, sponsored by the Research Unit in Media Studies.Speakers on the topics of cultural economy, cultural work, urban cultural economies, politics and policies are: David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds), Chris Gibson (University of Wollongong), Associate Professor Mark Gibson (Monash University), Professor Justin O’Connor (Monash University), Scott Brook (University of Canberra), Susan Luckman (University of South Australia), Professor Brett Nielson (University of Western Sydney), Dr Xin Gu (University of Melbourne), Geoff Stahl (Victoria University, Wellington), Deborah Stevenson (University of Western Sydney), Ned Rossiter (University of Western Sydney), Kate Shaw (University of Melbourne), Tom O’Regan (University of Queensland), Graeme Turner (University of Queensland), Lachlan McDowall (University of Melbourne), and Shane Homan (Monash University)

Calls for Papers/Proposals:

  • Deadline for abstracts 11 November 2013AAH 2014, 10-12 April 2014, Association of Art Historians, Royal College of Art, London.
  • Deadline for abstracts 30 November 2013. Authority and Knowledge: People, Policy, Politics, 13-14 February 2014, University of Melbourne
    “This conference aims to bring researchers together who are currently engaged in research concerning the nature, form and function of authority and knowledge historically, socially, culturally, politically and institutionally. We welcome papers that address the multifaceted ways in which claims to authority and knowledge permeate everyday social life, political understandings and practices, and policy reform (people, politics, policy).”
  • Deadline for abstracts 1 December 2013. Memories of the Future, 2-3 May 2014,
    Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL) & Institute of Modern Languages Research, London. Keynote speakers Christopher Frayling, Malcolm Quinn and Alberto Abruzzese.
    [In addition to traditional academic paper presentations, alternate forms of submission are sought, including photographic works, art and design objects or multimedia presentations.]
  • Deadline for residency proposals 15 December 2013. ZK/U-Berlin (Centre for Art and Urbanistics), Berlin. Artists, scholars, and practitioners (curators, activists, autodidacts, etc.) interested in cross-disciplinary theory and practice dealing with ‘the city’ are invited to apply for residencies of 2-8 months. Keywords: urban transformation, trans-disciplinarity, socially and politically engaged practices. The residency consists of furnished studio-apartments, communal facilities, shared production areas, a open platform for public events, lectures, discussions, screenings, performance and presentations. For individual fellows, depending on the studio-apartment and length of stay, the resident’s costs are between 500 and 800 euro a month. ZK/U will support successful fellows to secure funding through external grants by providing the fellow with an official invitation and identifying relevant funding networks.
    and grants.
  • Deadline for abstracts and panel session proposals 1 February 2014Design for War and Peace, Design History Society Annual Conference, 4-7 September 2014, Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
    “2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, will be an apposite moment in which to reflect upon the relationship of design and craft to conflict”
  • Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals 28 February 2014. ANZCA 2014, Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, 9-11 July 2014, , Swinburne University, Melbourne.
    “What kind of memory-work do objects do? How does materiality mediate memory, for the individual and for society? What is the role of memory and forgetting in the social and cultural life of objects? Or vice versa, what is the role that material things and objects play in constructing memories? How do art objects and practices bring the past in the present? And how do they open up possibilities for a different future? How is the object endowed with meaning, affect and agency through the recollections attached to it? […] The conference aims at covering a wide range of artistic disciplines: fine arts, architecture, literature, music, cinema, theatre, digital media and fashion.”
  • Deadline for abstracts 30 April 2014. craft+design enquiry Issue #7 2015, interdisciplinary journal, Guest Editor Kay Lawrence.
    [Papers are sought for both Open and Themed sections (Theme: Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design).]