Art in the Public Realm and the Politics of Rural Leisure: Access and Environment.

Murdin, Alex (2013) Art in the Public Realm and the Politics of Rural Leisure: Access and Environment. Doctoral thesis, University of Plymouth, Falmouth University.

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Abstract / Summary

Exploring both political aesthetics and the politics of aesthetics to outline an environmental ruralism for art in public spaces, this practice lead research project postulates a “complemental practice”, outlining its methodology and contexts for operation, the rural, spaces of leisure and the public realm. It is a response to threats to spatial and environmental commons from heritage, place-making and nostalgia, psychological inhibition such as a sense of global contingency and widespread economic exploitation.

Responses by artists to this situation can be characterised as a binary of dialogism (Kester, 2004) and relational antagonism (Bishop, 2004), i.e. consensual/collaborative or antagonistic/autonomous practices. Informing both is the work of Jacques Rancière who theorises an ethical and social turn in the arts. Through both commissioned and self-initiated projects this thesis offers an interpretation of Jacques Rancière’s conception of dissensus (Rancière,2010) modulated through an application of the work of philosopher Slajov Žižek on environmental politics and complementarity-the inscription of the universal within the particular (Žižek, 2011).

The thesis’ originality lies in this theoretical synthesis which sets out a complemental practice based on dissensus and the undecidability of subject and context, but which dismisses any inflexible schema of either aesthetic autonomy or ethico-political egalitarianism. In addition it suggests an approach to practice in this field and a situation for this - a dissensual infrastructure for the common public realm which is socially relational and evolutionary over time.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public art. Environment (Art).
Subjects: Arts > Miscellaneous
Depositing User: Lucy Seale
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:27


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