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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 her ongoing Destruction project, Jes 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 (podcasts below).

Speakers: 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, finally, the fruitful power of failure.

More information about Archive of Destruction here

Podcasts:
Jes Fernie, Associate Curator, firstsite.
Introduction.



Clare Doherty, Director, Situations.
Where and when is the destroyed public artwork?



Ivan Morison, Artist.
Public artwork as a provocation towards individual acts of violence and subversion.



Joe Kerr, Head of Dept of Critical & Historical Studies, RCA.
Lenin's Bust.
Lubetkins' memorial, Holford Square, London, 1941.



Fiontan Moran, Researcher, Tate.
Lost Art Project, Tate & Channel 4.



Jordan Baseman, Artist.
I Hate Boston, Boston Hates Me - a public commission for Boston in Leicestershire which was never installed.

Jes Fernie

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