Talking Shop: Making Art in Public

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"It's my contention that artists, and all of us, should be participating in public spaces in order to show the way that we would like these spaces to be used," says Jeff Stark of Nonsense NYC. Last year, Stark produced a site-specific immersive work called The Dreary Coast. Audience members for the show, which was about the boatman on the River Styx, would actually climb aboard a small vessel and be ferried up the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Stark described the show as "the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at night in the middle of a crumbling industrial neighborhood."

Art in public spaces can be incredibly powerful, and spark conversations within traditional arts institutions and far beyond, reaching communities in a direct and experiential way. We recently invited a few artists with experience in public art to Kickstarter HQ for a conversation about the field. The panel consisted of Stark, Maya Hayuk, Heather Hart, and moderator Leslie Koch. It was a fascinating discussion about social responsibility, aesthetics, and the creative process.

Watch the full panel above, and keep in mind, as Stark says, "Artists have a responsibility to identify new places to work, and identify new places for culture and cultural transformation."

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