THE VISITED PLACE: occupying the local in art biennials | ENGAGE JOURNAL44
'Biennials and beyond' APRIL 2020
Art Walk's curator, Rosy Naylor, discusses the relationship of the visiting and local audience when programming for the art biennale, including a look at participatory art, and the pairing of place. Artists featured: Greig Burgoyne, Deirdre Macleod, Nicky Bird, & Ruangrupa.
"Biennials present opportunities for curators and producers to consider the way in which a visitor (predominantly a tourist) engages with a place, how the structure of their visit informs that engagement, and subsequent experience...
To me, as a public arts curator, a methodology around place and community is an important one. One in which there can be a joining together: of the visitor visiting a place with the sole purpose of viewing art; and of the resident, viewing commissioned work that responds to and has relevancy for their own familiar neighbourhood or surroundings. Such an interweaving is treated as the destination for discourse, rather than two opposing parts that need ‘bringing together’.
For the visiting art audience, the city becomes the backdrop providing the context through which the programmed art is viewed, assessed, and interpreted. Visitors might get to navigate a city in a specific, directed way, view locations of works in a particular order, in particular regions or outskirts of a city, chosen in order to narrate a certain discourse. These viewers come away having had an experience, having learned about the city, its people, its communities, part and parcel with the art they have seen, one which is interwoven into the fabric of the city; its alleyways, its histories, its localities. Such engagement means the visitor comes away having experienced a sense of place, within which the art has shaped, ordered, and redefined that place.
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