Archaeology and the homeless community: Turbo Island, Bristol

Posted by Ian on Feb 9, 2012 in blog

Article source: http://urbanheritages.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/archaeology-and-the-homeless-community-turbo-island-bristol/

“The Howling Mob Society”

Posted by Ian on Dec 5, 2011 in blog

A Howling Mob Approach to History The Howling Mob Society (HMS) is a collaboration of artists, activists and historians committed to unearthing stories neglected by mainstream history. HMS brings increased visibility to the radical history of Pittsburgh, PA through grassroots artistic practice. Our current focus is The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, a national uprising […]

“The I-75 Project” by Norm Magnusson

Posted by Ian on Dec 5, 2011 in blog

I just happened upon a rather intriguing public art intervention project by artist Norm Magnusson. The “I-75 Project” found Magnusson installing industry grade public historical markers along Interstate 75. While the form and aesthetic of the markers are consistent with traditional, institutional, “authorized” markers, the texts Magnusson has written for the markers exploit this familiarity […]

“Repo History”

Posted by Ian on Dec 5, 2011 in blog

REPOhistory existed from 1989-2000 REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew into a forum for developing public art projects based on history and a platform for creating them. For the past ten years REPOhistory’s goal […]

Windshield (2011) installed at Brown University

Posted by Ian on May 10, 2011 in blog, news

Windshield (2011) – a new piece of public sculpture by artist Dennis McNulty at the Nightingale-Brown House in Providence, Rhode Island – was installed successfully this past week. Dennis has been in residence at the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University since February 2011. During this time he has completed this sculpture as well […]

Thames Dig

Posted by Ian on Apr 15, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Here are two interviews relating to Mark Dion’s Thames Dig project in 1999 at the Tate Modern. Notice the different trajectories between the curatorial and artistic perspectives on the project, and in general note what could be seen as a lack of overarching critical engagement with the formal aesthetics and intellectual structures being mobilised as […]

The Museum of Westminster

Posted by Ian on Feb 28, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Free! A unique public event in downtown Providence. On Friday March 5th and Saturday March 6th, two blocks on one of the busiest streets in Rhode Island’s capital will be transformed into a unique pop-up museum about itself. Hundreds of museum labels will be placed on windows, buildings, inside stores, on lampposts, parking meters, even […]

Excavating Homelessness @ Stokes Croft

Posted by Ian on Feb 23, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Here is a recent broadcast from BBC One regarding an application of contemporary archaeology to engage marginalised communities in Stokes Croft in Bristol, England. The team made up of Rachel Kiddey, Cassie Newland and John Schofield excavated Turbo Island, a long-established drinking spot for local homeless in Bristol. The project causes me to consider what could […]

Repo History: Art, history and contemporary society

Posted by Ian on Feb 11, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Following on from Shaun Slifer’s talk, here is another art group that Abbie Satinsky has taught me about that I think is particularly inspring…http://www.repohistory.org/ REPOhistory existed from 1989-2000 REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew […]

Tactical engagements with civic space

Posted by Ian on Apr 24, 2009 in blog | No Comments

Searching for the abandoned tunnel under Phoenix Park with Paddy Bloomer, Dublin, March 2009 Exploring the gaps in urban fabric, the Tactic Project in Dublin has been exploring forgotten spaces and creating new gaps for social activity. Recently completing a residency at the Lab on Foley Street, the group has been reflecting on their productivity […]