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Current research

by. PhD-student Sabine Nielsen


Contemporary art increasingly enters the urban scene, abandoning the conventional exhibition venues of galleries and museums to take part in everyday life in the city. The tendency towards abolishing the boundaries separating art, the city, and everyday life prompts an ever-greater variety in the use of media: classic murals, art projects, or monuments no longer necessarily serve as the main role model. Rather, contemporary art helps expand the aesthetic field and to redefine the role of art in the public space.

In her project, which is carried out in conjunction with the University of Copenhagen, Sabine Nielsen takes a closer look at a dual issue: Who is targeted by contemporary art in urban spaces? And what effects does this have? The project explores the expanded spectrum of artistic strategies and experimental approaches currently employed on the international contemporary art scene, e.g. through analyses of selected works within the categories temporary monuments, architectural intervention art and street art. The project seeks to challenge the very concept of the public space; taking its point of departure in e.g. performativity theory, political theory, and conflict theory it focuses greater attention on the area’s fundamentally multiple, heterogenic, and friction-filled nature.

The seminar Art caught in crossfire on March 21 2014 is based on the research project Art in public spaces – Conflict and negotiation as critical spatial practices and is arranged by PhD fellow Sabine Nielsen.

View Sabine Nielsens’ publications.

Read more about Sabine Nielsen here

Foto: Den hollandske kunstnergruppe VRIZAs værk ‘Lookout with Wind Turbine’.