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Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture

The School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program presents Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture to be held July 11 & August 19 in New York City.

Crossing the boundaries into architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, new media technologies and other arenas, the revitalization of public art has become a global trend, as more sensitivity to the nuance of site is increasingly valued. This six-week summer intensive will delve into a process that reflects key site-specific aspects and intrinsic elements: scale, history, social meaning and formal aesthetics.

Collaborative initiatives within architecture and landscape architecture will be highlighted. Each week, we will address different areas that are currently manifest in public art & social intervention and new media technologies, interdisciplinary collaborations with architecture, ecological and environmental interventions, and performance.

Prominent figures working in these areas will discuss their practice and offer critiques of participants’ work. In addition, resident artists will attend workshops that are designed specifically to learn the tools essential to working in the field of public art.

This program is an innovative model for interdisciplinary approaches to public art, covering topics such as reading from the plan, grant proposal writing, contracts, funding for self-initiated projects and workshops in fabrication. Thoughtful concepts for the site that engage in a process reflecting all its key aspects will be encouraged. Through the workshops and the guidance of faculty and guest lecturers, interdisciplinary and collaborative teams will be encouraged and artists will develop and present a professional proposal.

Taking full advantage of New York City’s rich resources, participants will engage with leading artists, architects, landscape architects, curators and critics in the field. SVA’s state-of-the-art digital sculpture facility offers the resources for experimenting with ideas in an environment conducive to creative exploration and supportive of logistical issues involved in public art pursuits. Sculpture facilities and facilities for working with custom electronics, high-end digital photography, video, 3D graphics and sound production equipment are available.

Current faculty and lecturers include: Herve-Armand Bechy, Mary Ellen Carroll, Charlotte Cohen, Eiko and Koma, Christina Ewing, Wendy Feuer, Anita Glesta, Deborah Gans, Marlina Gonzalez, Kendall Henry, Jonathan Lippincott, Tom Otterness, Lauren Ross, Harriet Senie, Meryl Taradash, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jerry Van Eyck and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Applications for Reconfiguring Site: New Approaches to Public Art and Architecture are due by May 1, 2011.
Tuition is 6,000 USD.
Affordable housing is available.

SVA’s Summer Residencies in New York City offer emerging and mid-career artists time, space and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction. In addition to our time-honored studio residencies, a variety of innovative professional immersion programs provide opportunities for artists to explore new areas of social and technological practice. A unique combination of creative and professional resources provides a rich environment for growth and opportunity in the current vibrant art scene.

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