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How do you sleep at night?: Writing public art

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The language used to propose and commission works of public art is particularly subject to close technocratic scrutiny. The risk of underestimating risk presses greatly upon all parties involved in the production process, resulting in a literary approach that favours legalese and the hollow rhetoric of socio-economic enhancement. Could some small changes in the key vocabulary used in this field help to produce a public art practice that is more willing to take risk and more capable of engaging with complex evaluations of artistic merit?

Keywords: public art; reporting and proposing; risk management; speculation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Edinburgh College of Art.

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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