some weeks ago Natasha Conland and I presented the theme and structure
of the Scape Biennial in Christchurch.
Scape 2006 - Biennial of Art in Public Space - which is the new by-line
- will take place from September 30 - Nov 12 this year.
Some of you might now this already because Natasha and I met quite a lot
of people during our residency in Christchurch and our trip to Auckland,
New Plymouth, Dunedin and Wellington.
Nevertheless we would like to take the opportunity to introduce the ADA
list members to the biennial's theme and our take on art in public space
which includes naturally new media based work.
Please understand that we cannot discuss any specific works that we are
considering for the biennial -- we are in the middle of the process.
Here is our concept:
SCAPE 2006 don’t misbehave! draws attention to the public arena as both
a physical site and a
starting point for current artistic exploration.
During the 6-week period of the biennial the public space will work as
the interface between artists and
audiences, creating a highly active environment within the urban area of
the city. Within this context
established by the exhibition, all parties, artists and audiences must
decide how they want to behave in
relation to the event. The title itself, don’t misbehave! playfully
alludes to the ways in which art might
alter an audience’s expectation of public behaviour. For art, like any
other activity, can only ‘misbehave’
when it moves beyond pre-existing socio-cultural expectations.
The biennial will be constructed of a number of public platforms,
including an exhibition, a symposium
and an online-forum, which will support active audience participation.
The exhibition don’t misbehave!,
will position contemporary artworks within the cityscape which contend
with the idea of ‘the public’ in a
range of unexpected and stimulating ways. In addition, don’t misbehave!
will take into account the role
of the media as a channel for public communication, and as a public site
for contemporary art practice.
Within the context of the biennial, gallery spaces will also show works
that deal with current political,
social and cultural issues related to the public and public spaces globally.
don’t misbehave! asks for direct and active alternatives for art within
global and local public spaces, of
the kind which might liberate creative responses. As an exhibition
encouraging site-specificity within
this global environment, it also asks whether contemporary practice can
maintain an awareness of the
local. More than ever, today’s public represents a multi-facetted social
landscape that cannot be
discerned as a homogeneous mass. As a consequence, don’t misbehave!
proclaims that the idea of a
public arena is also open to expressions of alternative publics or
SCAPE 2006 don’t misbehave! will present work across a range of
performance, sound-based, three-dimensional,
and media art. Within these parameters, don’t misbehave! will invoke a
understanding of art’s interaction with ‘the public’ and public spaces.
Traditionally the realm of three-dimensional
practice, don’t misbehave! will look at all existing infrastructure and
facilities, physical and
non-physical which inform a contemporary understanding of the public and
their sphere of activity.
SCAPE is New Zealand’s only biennial dedicated to the exhibition of
contemporary art in public space.
It is organised by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust.
Thanks for your attention and potential interest.
Susanne Jaschko sj(a)sujaschko.de and Natasha Conland nconland(a)xtra.co.nz
SCAPE 2006 Biennial of Art in Public Space
Sept 30 – Nov 12 2006, Christchurch, New Zealand