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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

Jes Fernie, Associate Curator, firstsite.

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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