Think Tank on Experiencing Art in Public Space

This project (or: curriculum) focuses on the connection between art, architecture and society and wants to explore those relationships together with students. More specifically, it wants to examine the relevance of art in the public space, what it can do for society, and its educational value.

The project is primarily based on experiencing art and architecture (and its interactions) in the public space in real life (in situ), rather than through an image. With the underlying idea that by experiencing art and architecture, exchanges take place that are only possible in situ. This approach is in line with what architecture critic Juhani Pallasmaa argues in his introduction “The Eyes of the Skin.” According to him, multiple senses are needed to experience architecture and sculpture which cannot be achieved by viewing an image.

For this reason, we will move outside with the students and organise classes close to specific key works in public spaces. Here we will also brainstorm about art in public space and whether it is possible to measure “whether art in public space can contribute to educational well-being.” The above concepts will be addressed together with students as well as teachers, sociologists, residents, architects and artists.


ART AND PAVILIONS IN PUBLIC SPACE Wednesday 7th of december, 2022 @ De Stadshal, Gent

ART IN THE SUBWAY: Wednesday 21st of december, 2022 @ Brussels South at 10 am

ART ALONG THE HIGHWAY: Wednesday 25th of January, 2023 @ Aalbeke

ART IN SOCIAL HOUSING: Wednesday 22 February and 8 March, Renaat Braem, synthesis of the arts and Kiel. Experts: Vlad Ionescu and Pascal Gielen

Date: 30.11.2022 – 31.03.2023

Location: Several off-campus locations (in situ)

Registrations and information via: Angelique Campens