Expanded Field Put Into Practice: Site Specificity and Action Research
This presentation features recent works in the field of site-specific art that engages a collaborative pedagogical model: students and instructor work together on research in the public realm. By working side-by-side with practicing artists/Professors in their most recent endeavors, university students witness all stages of engagement in the creative act: conception, construction, and implementation of sited artwork. The first case study presented under this rubric will be the REGRETS project which has traveled from Cambridge, England, sponsored by Microsoft Research and the University of Westminster, to Ars Electronica 2006 in Linz. This will be followed by an overview of Marko Peljhan’s MAKROLAB since its first manifestation at Documenta X, and Kim Yasuda’s CONTAINER PROJECT, an ongoing localized application of shipping container abundance, a reflection of trade imbalance. These three examples present “action research” within the rubric of site-specificity. In each case, students and faculty work together at different stages of each artwork/project in the public realm.
Keywords: Site-Specificity, Public Art, Interdisciplinary, Art Practice, Collaborative, Action Research, Multidisciplinary, Interactive
Associate Professor, Department of Art
Lecturer, Department of Art, University of California Santa Barbara