Projects: space, place and site – a talk by Antoni Muntadas

Monday 11 August, 6.30 – 8pm
Held at Post-PopUp at CCA
Studio 07-01, Block 38 Malan Road
Gillman Barracks

Public Art is a concept that has been in discussion and revision for probably as long as the evolution of the terms ‘art’ and ‘city’ themselves. The public interventions discussed in this talk are seen as temporary manifestations intended to activate a long term discourse. By considering art and architecture as public devices, this talk explores new ways of understanding the concept of the ‘spatial cultural identity’ as relevant subject to contemporary critical discourses and practices on urban space. This concept will be used to address and negotiate the complexities of ideas, situations, objects and materials that are inherent to any public space. Questions and concerns of culture and identity within the cartography of a space will be central to our discussion.

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his works he addresses social, political and communication issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the internet, installations and urban interventions. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Visual Arts Program in the School of Architecture at the MIT in Cambridge and the Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura del Veneto in Venice. One of his most recent awards is the Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas 2009 granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. His work has been exhibited in numerous contexts, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée Contemporain de Montreal, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, while other international events in which he has presented work are the VI and X editions of Documenta Kassel (1977, 1997), the Whitney Biennial of American Art (1991), the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and those in São Paulo, Lyon, Taipei, Gwangju and Havana. This year Muntadas has exhibited Informação-Espaço-Controle in Estaçao Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, Brasil; and About Academia, at The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Currently he presents …Baixa a Bola! in Galeria Luisa Strina en São Paulo, Brazil.

Image credit:
Antoni Muntadas, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Germany, 2003, from the series On Translation: Warning (1999–), vinyl cutting sheet, variable dimension, installation view at the exhibition On Translation: Das Museum, 2003. Photo by Sascha Dressler