Symposium proceedings will inform a forthcoming publication to further define and clarify a new understanding of public space through the concept of “spatial cultural identity.” In addition to symposium participants, contributors represent a diverse array of key scholars and practitioners across the disciplines of art, architecture, and urban studies who are shaping the discourse around public art and public space.
Through illustrated texts and projects, the compiled reader will identify and frame the tools, tactics, and consequences of actively reclaiming public space.
Inspired by the politicized lens of Muntadas’s practice, both the symposium and the book emphasize overlapping claims to public space. The publication off ers a unique cross-section of voices while setting up an analytical framework through which Muntadas’s work can be theorized and discussed in relation to parallel themes and directions of cultural production. In providing a ground for productive cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration, the publication will off er a wider understanding of the public space paradox and possibilities in contemporary practice when published in Fall 2015.