Monday, January 15, 2007
new term for new genre?
There's been a perceptual shift in public art, from the "irrelevant and overly artist-centered tradition of public art" of the modernist conventions to a type of art that encourages participation from the community that it benefits. Sitting squarely on the fence between fine art and social intervention, no one seems to know what exactly to call it. A close relative to what we all know and understand as "public art", it has unceremoniously been christened "new genre public art". Well, ok, I get it - I suppose it somewhat describes what it is, but for someting so new, so exciting, and life-changing for many people, can't we come up with something a little, well, flashier? What we need is just a completely new term, that leaves out "art" and "social work" altogether, because it is so much more than either of those separately, and even more than just simply bringing the two together. This type of art stands on its own, and needs a name that does the same. (remember "cyberspace"?)