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First MOOC dedicated to artistic creation in public space

[parsehtml]<p>A production by FAI-AR, in the frame of the IN SITU network and in partnership with ARTCENA, French national centre for circus arts, street arts and theater. Starting 9 September 2019, the <a href="http://www.createinpublicspace.com/" rel="nofollow">Create in Public Space MOOC</a> will provide an exclusive international resource on artistic creation in public space.</p>[/parsehtml]
The course targets artists around the world who are interested in creating and thinking about art in public space. It may also interest cultural planners and programmers, institutional managers, elected officials and staff working for local authorities. It will be open to anyone who is interested.

FAI-AR has been helping artists from diverse backgrounds write and develop artistic projects for public space since 2004. Over the past fifteen years, we have watched the sector change as artists constantly seek out and explore ideas.

For the first time, the Create in Public Space MOOC brings together theoretical and practical knowledge on artistic creation in public space. It is the fruit of nearly two years of work made possible thanks to the collaboration and experience of the European network IN SITU, ARTCENA, the French national centre for circus arts, street arts and theatre, and a range of European artists and professionals.

This interactive online course is free and available in French and English, and provides artists and international cultural stakeholders the opportunity to explore artistic creation in public space. What is public space? Why do artists choose to work in these unconventional places? How do they use these spaces around the world? What kinds of legislation and technical characteristics do professionals have to take into account?

Starting on 9 September 2019, around 15 hours of videos will be made available to learners to answer these questions, covering history, aesthetics and the specifics of dramaturgy, scenography and the relationship with the audience that characterise this sector, through a hundred or so recent artistic projects from international artists.

Learners will be encouraged to be more than passive receivers of turnkey information, and to experiment at home and in public spaces in order to master the concepts covered. They can take the MOOC alone or in study groups coordinated by our professional partners.

This MOOC will present all the artistic, political and human diversity of projects in public space and the full range of their aesthetics. It is first and foremost an analytical tool and a knowledge base, which we hope will be used by a whole host of artists from all around the world.

From the 9th September 2019, Create in public space is taking you for a 4 weeks journey, each linked to a specific theme.

WEEK 1 - Introduction to aesthetics, history and institutions
The first week provides an overview of artistic creation in public space by combining historical, conceptual aesthetic and professional approaches. It provides answers to the following questions:
• How did art in public space start?
• What does public space mean?
• What formats, aesthetics and trends embody these forms of art?
• In what kinds of professional sectors can they be found?

WEEK 2 - Specific dramaturgical issues
The second week focuses on writing and dramaturgy for public spaces. Several questions are covered:
• What is dramaturgy?
• Is there specific dramaturgical writing for public spaces?
• How do artists use public spaces in their writing?
• What types of artistic intentions are presented in unconventional spaces?

WEEK 3 - Location scouting and in situ writing methodology
The third week focuses on scenography in public space and provides a specific scouting method for these projects:
• What are the interactions between works and places?
• How and in what way can the scenography interact with the space?
• What is site-visit and how should it be carried out?

WEEK 4- Understanding issues related to the relationship with the audience
Finally, the fourth week explores the place of audiences in public art works. What characteristics structure the relationship with audiences in public art projects?
• What specific design and staging processes do artists use to manage the place of the spectator in their artistic creations?
• How do artists handle audience participation?

All these lessons will be illustrated through numerous examples and analyses of artistic works, with over 100 works cited, providing a real journey into contemporary European artistic creation! Reference files will allow anyone wanting to continue the experience to read further articles and reference materials, or watch additional videos. Create in Public Space can be approached at many levels and is designed as a reference resource on artistic creation in public space.

Camille Fourès
+33 (0)4 91 69 74 67

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