The Art of Public Space – Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City by Kim Gurney
21 Jun 2015 - 16:15
The Art of Public Space - Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City is a book recently published by Author Kim Gurney with Palgrave Macmillian
Is there something compelling that a series of cutting-edge art interventions exploring public space in Johannesburg can tell us about cities, imagination and the public sphere? Kim Gurney reflects upon the New Imaginaries trilogy to explore the connection: curated through walking, the politics and poetics of migration; via gaming, punk technologies and play; and with performance art activating transport lines. The projects link city space to the public sphere to render otherwise illegible urban forms and flows. In so doing, they suggest public space as common space and public art towards an art of the commons. This musically inflected book includes a contextualising snapshot of recent performance art in central Johannesburg, a silo-breaking chapter on artists and uncertainty and a closing track to place the author in situ. The account ultimately positions itself as a public policy riposte in favour of economic invisibility- that art counts even when it cannot be counted.