The neo-imperialist function of public art is to clear a path for aggressive economic expansion: Birmingham - Guangzhou - Birmingham
In collaboration with Dave Beech.
The Neo-Imperial Function: Site 1-3
Birmingham - Guangzhou - Birmingham
Gavin Wade invited us to take part in his project Public Structures which is a special project for the Second Guangzhou Triennial BEYOND: an extraordinary space of experimentation for modernization which is curated by Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guo Xiaoyan. In collaboration with Dave Beech we are developing a new function.
The neo-imperialist function of public art is to clear a path for aggressive economic expansion is the latest in a series of text works entitled The Functions of Public Art by Hewitt & Jordan and Dave Beech. Previous works in the series are: The Aesthetic Function of Public Art; The Economic Function of Public Art; The Function of Public Art for Regeneration; and, The Social Function of Public Art. Each work in the series uses changes in site, scale and form to extend the critical potential of the statement.
The neo-imperial function is a text work in Mandarin. The work is also sequential, comprising of three phases, in two cities, over two months.
Site 1: Barford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham UK (7th - 20th November 2005).
This new work is a continuation of a series of text works entitled the Three Functions that discuss the functionality of public art.