In Public, In ParticularFour European streets, their actors, environments and identities.
In Public, In Particular
In Public, In Particular (IPIP) aims to develop and promote participatory art methods and situation specific art among European audiences. The main tools to reach these aims are audience research, public workshops and international street happenings which are carried through by artists and art students in close cooperation with street actors and the public of four European streets.
Each partner has chosen a specific street in their city and will focus on the people, services, history and phenomena of those streets. Small enterprises, public offices, libraries and NGOs located by the selected streets are invited to cooperative workshops in order to plan, implement and estimate situation specific artworks with the artists and art students. This way they provide special knowledge about the streets and contribute to the content of the artworks whilst they also learn about artistic processes and practices and the beneficial possibilities of art.
During IPIP the participating artists and art students are provided with multiprofessional workshop periods. Special attention is given to applying inspiring digital marketing methods to promote situation specific art and participatory art for general public and international audiences. Audiences outside the project areas are invited and encouraged to participate in the project activities through social media.
The IPIP project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector. The different funding schemes encourage the audiovisual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age. By helping European cultural and audiovisual works to reach audiences in other countries, the programme will also contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity.
The Culture sub-programme of the CE helps cultural and creative organisations to operate transnationally and promotes the cross-border circulation of works of culture and the mobility of cultural players. It provides financial support to projects with a European dimension aiming to share cultural content across borders.
Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), Finland
Art in public spaces, site specific art, community art, performance art and environmental art are all part of the curriculum at Turku University of Applied Sciences. TUAS staff has vast experience in organising art events and workshops in public spaces with different cooperation groups and students (e.g. The Open Home participatory art project, see the photos on page 4). TUAS coordinated the EU Culture Programme project Contemporary Self-Portraits in 2012–2014 and is a partner in many other international projects. TUAS’s areas o f ex pertise in IPIP are: project management, public art and organising art happenings in public spaces.
National College of Arts and Design (NCAD), Ireland
NCAD has developed participatory practises and methods to work with different communities and their impact will be specially seen in the audience development work during the cooperation workshops. NCAD staff has significant experience in creating work that engages different kinds of publics. NCAD team has advanced level digital skills and fluency in the development of work and communication as well as in project and event coordination. NCAD’s areas of expertise in IPIP are: collaboration with communities, street cooperation and digital production.
University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts (GRF), Croatia
GRF is a public institution of higher education which organises and conducts study courses, and is engaged in scientific and expert work in the area of engineering sciences. The students thus receive education in designing graphic products, examining and selecting optimal materials, as well as developing and improving the work of designers. In IPIP this experience will be used to create the visual identity and the web site of the project. GRF will conduct audience research on the street happenings and organise a workshop about the benefits of the interactive artwork for the business promotion. GRF’s areas of expertise in IPIP are: audience research, collaborative operational models for business and visual communication.
Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium
The department In Situ³ at the Antwerp Royal Academy, is one of the pioneering art faculties in situation specific art in Europe. One of the main pedagogical principles of In Situ³ is to encourage the students to collaborate with other “thinkers and doers,” not necessary only artists. In Situ³ works primarily in the public domain and annually produces a number of artworks for public spaces. IPIP will bring international dimension and combine the expertise of In Situ3 with other significant European higher education actors. The AP’s areas of expertise in IPIP are: situation specific art projects and practices.