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What is Project Spaces?
Developed in conjunction with ArtStop, Project Spaces invites any artist to install their work in a business, organization, or accessible space over a three week period in September. After you register with Project Spaces, approved venues will either invite you to install in their space or you can ask a venue directly to host your work. (Information for venues.)
Does someone win?
YES! Winners of Project Spaces will be determined by a People’s Choice Award in addition to juried prizes.
Project Spaces is like ArtPrize.
For Project Spaces 2012, hopefully we don’t repeat too many of the unfortunate installations featured on ArtPrize Worst. What if Project Spaces meant covering Des Moines with site specific installations? Site specific meaning, art responding to the space installed through scale and material. One of the most difficult spaces from last years Project Spaces trial event was Capital Square. Two artists displayed work in the impossibly huge atrium. The space dwarfed and over shadowed the artworks.
Multiple installations from last year lacked a visual function in the spaces they were installed. If artworks are installed with site specific considerations, the idea of installing art all over Des Moines would transform into a quality and thoughtful experience. The art should need the space.
When planning your installation, consider these wise words concerning site specificity from Richard Serra:
The specificity of site-oriented works means that they are conceived for, dependent on and inseparable from their location. Scale, size and placement of sculptural elements result from an analysis of the particular environmental components of a given context. The preliminary analysis of a given site takes into consideration not only formal but social and political charactersistics of the site. Site-specfic works invariably manifest a value judgement about the larger social and polical context of which they are apart. Based on their interdependence of work and site, site-specfic works address the content and context of their site critically. Site-specific solutions demonsrate the possibility of seeing the simultaneity of newly developed relationships between sculpture and contest. A new behavioral and perceptual orientation to a site demands a new critical adjustment to one’s experience of the space. Site-spefic works primarily engender a dialogue with their surroundings. Site-specific works emphasize the comparion between two separate languages that can therefore use the language of one to criticize the language of the other. To quote Bertrand Russell on the problem: ‘Every language has a structure about which one can say nothing in that language. There must be another language, dealing with the structure of the first and processing a new structure about which one cannot say anything except in a third language - and so forth.’
-Richard Serra from The Yale Lecture, Art in Theory 1900 - 1990