Henk Oosterling wrote an analyses of the possible relationships between art and public space, in which he proposes a shift in thinking about the practice of public art, moving away from ‘artwork and artist’ towards ‘artworking’ as an active verb.* ‘Public space as art’, ‘art in public ‘, ‘art of the public’ and ‘art as a public space’ are potential forms of exchange between artist, comissioner and citizens.
‘Artworking’ as an engaging activity could democratise the proces of artistic decisionmaking; the artwork itself and the process of artproduction, become topic of public negotiation, and as such a domain for discussion and imagination on how public space should function or can be used. Artworks should no longer be conceptionalised as invaders of public space, but offer opportunities to visualise the often invisible potenials of a neighbourhood. A short summary in fragments: Continue Reading