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Destroyed public art: a critical reflection, conference held in Feb 2011 at University of Essex

Fiontan Moran presenting a paper on Jacob Epstein's 'Ages of Man' commission, Zimbabwe House, 1907-8

Archive of Destruction

As part of my ongoing Archive of Destruction project, I organised a conference entitled 'Destroyed public art work: a critical reflection', in collaboration with firstsite and the curating courses at the University of Essex and the RCA in February 2011.


Claire Doherty, Situations
Ivan Morison, artist
Fiontan Moran, Tate
Jordan Baseman, artist
Joe Kerr, RCA

A diverse range of issues were discussed such as what constitutes the 'beginning' of a public art work; destruction as the antithesis of the process of making; the danger of the fear of destruction (amongst curators and commissioners); how a work enters the popular imagination through the act of destruction; scurrilous acts of potential destruction and the fruitful power of failure.

More information about Archive of Destruction here

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