Saturday, December 6, 2008

Public Art

“So what separates the work artists do in the area of social interaction from the work of people doing similar things, but who don’t label themselves artists?

If the work is looked at from an aesthetic perspective, it can fail in social terms, but still function as art….

If the project is assessed for its effect in producing social change in the world beyond the event itself it can be seen as a failure.

But if the event is viewed as having created a space for people to discuss and learn more about a wide range of issues, it succeeded…"

You can be a failure while still being a success".

Catherine Harty

from script of video performance for Art in the Lifeworld,

Breaking Ground, February 2008

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