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Roland Schöny
Nu avem alta sansa decat sa acceptam. Arta publica in lupta cu diferite interese | We have no chance, but take it. Public art in the struggle of different interests

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In mod inevitabil artistii sunt prinsi intr-un context de interese contradictoriu atunci cand isi propun sa gandeasca proiecte pentru spatiul public. In timp ce curatorii si institutiile din tarile Europei Centrale incep sa discute despre posibilitatile strategice ale interventiilor site-specific, iar administratorii oraselor occidentale sa stabileasca structuri pentru realizarea in cele mai bune conditii a proiectelor de arta publica, primele dezbateri asupra stagnarii potentialului vizionar al artei publice sunt lansate. O scurta introducere in imagini a diferitelor proiecte din ultimii ani în Europa, precum si a interventiilor care au pregatit initierea programului publicartvienna vor constitui punctul de plecare pentru o discutie despre statutul actual al artei in spatiul public propusa de curatorul si teoreticianul vienez Roland Schöny.
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Roland Schöny (n. 1961) este teoretician, curator si editor, traieste si lucreaza in Viena. Este profesor la Universitatea de Arte Aplicate Viena. Intre 2004-2007 Director al programului publicartvienna.

2004 «Open House. Art and the Public Sphere» (impreuna cu Th. Edlinger, St. Rollig), O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz; 2003 «The Promise – The Land. Jewish-Israeli Artists in Relation to Politics and society» (impreuna cu Th. Edlinger, St. Rollig), O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz. In 2006 realizeaza proiectul de arta publica «Geschichte(n) vor Ort. O expozitie in spatiul public in jurul Volkertplatz» (impreuna cu M. Makovec, M. Kolecek). Este editor al publicatiei Geschichte(n) vor Ort, autori: M. Babias, M. Kolecek, U. Kozeluh, 2008.
Comunicari: «Peripherie im fokus (1). Periferia si zonele suburbane ale orasului - noi abordari» Contributii de: H. Czech, Fuckhead, M. Grzinic, W. Pohrt, the POOR BOY´s ENTERPRISE, D. Schrage, M. Spillutini, B. Timmermann, Arch. J. Winter (BKK2), et al; «Peripherie im focus (2). Periferia si zonele suburbane ale orasului Viena, Londra si Sao Paolol»: Contributii de: Rupa Hug, K. Shonfield, R. Kumar Biswas, H. Steyerl, et al.

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Automatically artists appear in a contradictory context of interests, when they intend to conceptualize projects for the public space. In general they are confronted with awarding authorities, who wish to get aesthetical furniture and decorations for urban situations codified with the signature of prominence. Or artists should be part of the increasing trend to activate and animate the inhabitants of suburban quarters. Especially in western metropolises artistic interventions and practises, which are understood as advanced service to the public and as a part of the discourse around participation, seem to become trivial routine. On the other hand permanent and autonomous artistic works in the public sphere are staged near the sensitive borderline of appropriation by the forces of political representation. Frequently public art is seen as a contemporary element of city marketing. A short visual overview on different projects of the last years in Europe together with projects and interventions, that initialized the take off of publicartvienna will be the fundament for a differentiated discussion of the present status of art in the public sphere.

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He is curator for public art projects, exhibition curator, theorist and teacher on the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. 2004-2007 Director and curator of “publicartvienna”.
He curated: 2004 Open House. Art and the Public Sphere, O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (together with Th. Edlinger, St. Rollig); 2003 The Promise – The Land. Jewish-Israeli Artists in Relation to Politics and Society O.K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz (together with Th. Edlinger, St. Rollig);
Public Art Projects: 2006 Geschichte(n) vor Ort. An exhibition in the public space around Volkertplatz (with M. Makovec, M. Kolecek); He is the editor of publications such as Geschichte(n) vor Ort, authors: M. Babias, M. Kolecek, U. Kozeluh, et al., forthcoming 2008; derivé – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung. Focus: urban spaces and public art, 2006; Island by Numbers. Eine Reise als Kunstprojekt, authors: R. Metzger, B. Huck, W. Müller, et al., Linz 2003.

 

 

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