Thursday, 10 November 2011


"ATELIER PUBLIC is an exhibition that takes the form of a working artists’ studio. We’re interested in what happens in this space, and we invite you to make artworks that become part of the installation. This is a space for looking, thinking, touching, exploring and making.

It has a curator, a person who manages the space. They have also asked some artists, thinkers and makers with a particular interest in play, creativity and the imagination to come and engage with the space during the exhibition. These mini residencies will help to shape the space and record what happens.
Through ATELIER PUBLIC we aim to witness, document and share the work created and installed in the space, online as well as here in the gallery." Playable Spaces Wordpress
ATELIER PUBLIC, THE PUBLIC STUDIO, GoMA, 10th Nov - 15th Jan 2011.

As I'm off to Glasgow this weekend I've been having a look online to see what's happening and came across ATELIER PUBLIC! It sounds like an exciting project, and one which would create quite a few difficult balances for the curator involved who is said to "manage" the space. For example, will they intervene or direct the public's play? What level of decision making will there be by the "manager" to keep in the space and what to change/remove after the maker has gone? How many makers can contribute to the space before we start to loose/hide what has already been made? Is this a good thing - will the exhibition gain momentum from constantly changing? Will the "manager" feel productivity slow or judge quality as the weeks continue? 

We already see certain shots of the space and first experimentations on flickr, ATELIER PUBLIC which enables public access to your images. I wonder, who is taking these photographs and who determines what photographs get uploaded to the site? The documentation of this project will slice the project into fragments and frame each slice - in doing so placing a significance on individual sections of the installation out with the whole. This is not different to many other documentary shots of exhibitions, but in this instance could it potentially create a hierarchy within the installation -  where only what is deemed a success finds the wider public flickr platform, thus judging what is art or what has value and ignoring what is not?

I am intrigued to see the curator's interaction with the project as these relevant challenges are explored and look forward to becoming part of the ATELIER PUBLIC while in Glasgow this weekend. 

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