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The Art of the Multitude

Jochen Gerz-Participation and the European Experience

Contemporary European public art often addresses the past and future of European unity, democracy, immigration, and civil rights. The Art of the Multitude explores how participation in art works affects the formation of public memory, the commemoration of historical events, and the creation of an urban landscape that articulates cultural identity and recognition. Looking in particular at the lifetime’s work of one of Europe’s foremost artists of the public realm, German conceptual artist Jochen Gerz, The Art of the Multitude uses a variety of artists’ works as fulcra for discussing the European experience of war and conflict, peace and reconciliation. And while the artworks discussed and implications thereof are certain to be of interest to art theorists and historians, cultural researchers in policy, public space, and the built environment will all find something to participate in or engage with.

200 pages | 50 color plates | 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2016  

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"Cultural identity, public memory, participation, and the connections among community, art, and politics are explored through essays by ten authors. Throughout the book the editors use the biblical term multitude as a more complex, heterogeneous, and experiential way of saying the public, and focus particularly on the work of conceptual artist Jochen Gerz, many of whose works invite direct participation by the ‘multitude.’"

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Table of Contents

                Mechtild Manus and Jonathn P. Vickery
I. On Memory: Artists, Writing and Narratives, History and Testimony
The Artist as Facilitator of Civic Memory: Coventry’s The Future Monument and The Public Bench
                                Jonathan P. Vickery
The Tiny Presence of Words
                                Philippe Mesnard
Countermonument in Europe: The Spatial Politics of Artistic Memory-Work
                                Zuzanna Dziuban
II. On Participation: Social Creativity, Culture and Democracy, Citizenship and Its Alternatives
As Art Disappears into Society
                                Hermann Pfütze
Public Authorship as a Multitude of Voices
                                Marion Hohlfeldt
Dissonant Memories and Subversive Memorialization Practices
                                Milena Dragićević Šešić
III. On Public Space: Cities, Architecture, and Politics
Taking People as They Are and Europe as It Might Be: The Controversy over the Square of the European Promise
                                Volker M. Heins
Civic Remembrance and the Politics of Place
                                Malcolm Miles
Absorbing Disturbances: The Heterotopia as a Model for Monumental Space
                                Niklas Maak
About the Authors
Copyright and Photography Credits
Index Works by Jochen Gerz
Index Names and Terms

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