HAC112 Visual installations and performances in urban public space
This is an in-depth course in the history of art and culture, as well as in the history of public art with an interdisciplinary approach. The aim of the course is to highlight the complex and multi-layered relationship between art and public space by examining performative practices, commemorative rituals, traumatic and divisive experiences, visual installations, and monuments, created by various agencies and collective actors, aiming to intervene and shape public stories and narratives. Within this process our interest is focused on the material representations of history, memory, identities, publics, as well as the contestations and exclusions of groups and collectives. At the same time, the ways through which public art can involve citizens in a dynamic relationship with the urban environment are examined. The form, content, extent and topography of the visual installations and performances, the temporality and spatiality of the actions, are key points of study for the understanding of all the above.