Going Public Lexicon

Before considering How to say? let’s linger on the question What do you mean?

Initiated during the kick-off workshop in Vilnius by the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig and «Well-Connected» - Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, the Going Public Lexicon explores different understandings of the public, as well as diverse approaches to public art, aiming to associatively situate artistic and curatorial perspectives of the region in a broader international context.

The lexicon is based on definitions and keywords mapped during the Vilnius workshop where participants answered four fundamental questions relating to notions of the public sphere and the role and potential of public art. Click on the keywords to read the statements contributed by Going public participants and to have a look at curated examples from regional and international actors from the contemporary art field:
  • What is public?
  • Public should (be)…
  • How do you make public happen?
  • What can public art do?
More Information about the dictionary:

On one hand, the bilingual (English-Russian) mapping went to the core of how we think about the public sphere(s) and the possibilities of art in public space based on our respective local contexts and explored how similarities or differences can be mapped through gathering keywords/short statements. On the other hand, it also responded to the challenge of translation, an important specificity of the collaboration throughout the project. The kick-off workshop in Vilnius, as well as the on-going dialogue between participants that followed, pointed out the complexity of our notions and understandings, not only based on differing socio-political and geographic contexts, but also on the language we use.

Departing from the collection of keywords produced in Vilnius, the lexicon aims to diversify and contextualize the workshop’s input by linking keywords with statements contributed by Going public participants, as well as statements and curated examples from regional and international actors from the contemporary art field. It thus provides an associative basis for exploring different notions and understandings of public space and public art.

It does not aim to provide a comprehensive overview, but rather mirrors a myriad – and rather arbitrary - selection of artistic and curatorial approaches and a vast potential for interventions: it is a springboard to exploring the field of public art in the region, as well as in an international context.

We wish to thank all our contributors and invite you to discover the lexicon and share your comments and thoughts on this interactive platform.

If you wish to contribute to the further development of the lexicon, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Mail Symbolinfo@vilnius.goethe.org
Katalin Erdődi, Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
Ksenija Orelj, Well-Connected

The mapping at the Vilnius workshop was conceived and realized in collaboration with: Katalin Erdődi, Julia Kurz, Barbara Mahlknecht, Vera Lauf, Franciska Zólyom

Participating artists, curators and thinkers:
Statements: Alexey Iorsh, Siniša Labrović, Milijana Babić, Anna Samarskaya, Martine van Kampen, Benjamin Cope, Konstantin Skotnikow, Mara Vujic
Curated examples: Billboard Liberation Front, Božena Končić Badurina, Gildo Bavčević, Karmelo Bermejo, Julius von Bismarck, Igor Grubić, Gruppo A12, Mikhail Gulin, Nicoline van Harskamp, Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party, Alfredo Jaar, Jiri Kovanda, Lena Krasit, Andreja Kuluncic, Siniša Labrović, Kristina Leko, Chantal Mouffe, Kusum Normoyle, Joanna Rajkowska, Pedro Reyes, Anri Sala, Kamila Szejnoch, Pilvi Takala, Artur Żmijewski

Statements were collected by:
Katalin Erdődi, Julia Kurz, Barbara Mahlknecht, Vera Lauf, Ksenija Orelj, Katharina Schniebs, Olga Vostretsova, Franciska Zólyom

Curated examples were collected by:
Katalin Erdődi, Ksenija Orelj

Translated by:
Vladimir Agaskin, Sabrina Busse, Jurij Dobriakov, Jennyfer Deffland, Julija Fomina, Sergey Kliutchenovitch, Asta Vaiciulyte.

Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig
Well Connected, Cultures of the Curatorial, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig

Please note: all statements are published unedited, as received from the authors.

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