Panel: Unsitely Aesthetics: the Reconfiguring of Public Space in Electronic Art
Traditionally, public art or art in public spaces has been associated with work that is, as Claire Doherty stated in her curatorial project One Day Sculpture, “permanently sited, monumental and commemorative.” In my paper I will present and discuss work that is made for, and in, public space, but in contrast to this description or definition, is neither monumental nor fixed. Rather the practices I am concerned with play out in public spaces (including the internet) but are not considered public art. They work simultaneously across a number of sites, both online and offline, and utilize a range of media strategies and interventions. They are ephemeral, networked and performative. I call these art practices uncertain and argue they exist at the intersection of media art and contemporary art. I propose that these uncertain practices create a different aesthetics, one that I call unsitely.
- Maria Miranda is a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne. In 2009 she completed her Ph.D thesis entitled, Uncertain Practices Unsitely Aesthetics at Macquarie University, Sydney. Maria is a media artist who works in collaboration with sound artist Norie Neumark as Out-of-Sync. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. out-of-sync.com
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