DEBATE SESSION 4—THURSDAY 15.09.2016
Ceramics, Sculpture and Public Spaces: Urban, Artistic and Antropological Visions
In this session, we hope to be proactive and document a “before” and “after” within the General Assembly. We wish to dialog and focus on the significance of ceramics in public spaces that would interact with urban planning and the social relationships that evolve. We want the discussion to include anthropological aspects to ascertain how ceramics can better our cities and how ceramics can become an important element in energy efficiency, decreased maintenance costs and improvements in the aesthetics of public sculpture environments.
Rarely have we seen public sculptures done by ceramists or made of ceramics, although it is a perfect material virtually unalterable by atmospheric conditions (humidity and temperature) and, unlike other more frequently used materials like bronze or Corten steel, it has far superior chromatic possibilities. We must advocate using ceramics as a raw material for sculpture and other uses of public spaces in our towns and cities.
A recent example of ceramics used in creative ways in urban settings can be seen in WABA (World Association of Brick Artists) a group including Ulla Vioti, Robert Harrison, Jacques Kaufmann, Gwen Heeney and Fritz Vehring, who have used bricks in public spaces in international settings.
Other examples of public sculpture using ceramics is located in Barcelona, -“Barcelona Face” by Roy Lichtenstein, “Woman and Bird” by Joan Miró, “Castella” in Plaça de la Font Castellana, by Madola. Surely, in other cities around the world we can find more sculptures that may serve as models and inspiration for both ceramists and policy makers in charge of urban planning who often have the last word in these matters. These initiatives are almost always funded by public money where political intervention is significant.
Frederic Amat ,
Papers presented by:
Elisa Ullauri “El museo en la calle. Mediación cultural del patrimonio cerámico-urbano”
Sérgio Vicente i Virgínia Fróis
Silvia Noriko Tagusagawa “Ceramics and its poetics: Transcending boundaries”
Barcelona tour by public ceramics and exhibitions, Participants must choose one of the three options (A, B or C). Option A: Picasso Museum and Palau de la Música - Option B: Park Güell - Option C: Catalan ceramics and public space(read more...)