Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (2011)

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Edited by Paul O’Neill and Claire Doherty, this publication explores how ‘durational’ processes to public art curating and commissioning have emerged as an alternative to nomadic, itinerant and short-termist approaches in recent years.

It provides an in-depth analysis of five durational projects as its starting point: The Blue House (Het Blauwe Huis), IJburg, The Netherlands (2004–2009); Beyond, Leidsche Rijn, The Netherlands (1999 –2009); Trekroner Art Plan, Roskilde, Denmark (2001–present); Creative Egremont, Cumbria, UK (ongoing since 1999) and Edgware Road Project, London, UK (2009–2011).

This book provides a dynamic assessment of different curatorial methodologies alongside critical reflections on durational projects as counter-spectacles. The authors explore how and why artists and curator-producers are adopting durational approaches to commissioning contemporary art for specific places and how each process conceives of time as part of a cumulative curatorial practice.

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Locating the Producers was funded by Great Western Research and led by Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol in association with ProjectBase and Dartington College of Arts (now University Collage Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts). We would also like to thank the following organisations for their generous support: SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain; The Blue House (Het Blauwe Huis), IJburg; Bristol City Council; Gradcam; ixia; Arts Council England; Serpentine Gallery; Grizedale Arts and International Curators Forum.