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Sophie Jones from SCAPE recently interviewed Biljana Ciric who was the international guest speaker at the SCAPE Public Art Development Workshops, and presented a Public Talk "The Public Sphere: Strategies of Involvement" on Monday 23 April 2012.
SCAPE: Your recent projects Taking the Stage Over and Institution for the Future offer alternatives to art institutions and deal with issues of self-initiated art projects versus institutionally led projects. What led you to develop these projects?
SCAPE: You have previously commented that institutions in China present their exhibitions as ‘market economy products’, which you find problematic. In your opinion, what are the benefits and pitfalls of both working with artist run spaces and working with art institutions?
SCAPE: Christchurch is currently in a time of recovery, following a recent series of earthquakes. Due to this disaster there are now reduced venues for exhibitions and studio space is at a premium. From your experience curating in countries that lack significant arts infrastructure, what role does public art have in a difficult environment?
SCAPE: How can artists become catalysts for change in contemporary culture?
SCAPE: What advice would you give to someone that wants to set up an art initiative/make a difference to the community via an artistic practice?
- Spend a lot of time thinking
- Be open to different possibilities
- Go and talk to different artists and learn to listen
- Do it again; go to talk to an artist and listen
- Be open to criticism and learn from it
- Encourage people to take part in your project
- Don't be afraid to fail – there is no failure in art
- Repeat these steps over and over