CEC Artslink presents Publicly Creative: A Public Art Workshop. Public art is a fast-growing discipline with many unexplored opportunities for artists and communities. This workshop is a hands-on intensive introduction to the field, outlining resources, logistics, opportunities, and examples of successful collaborations. Recognizing artistic initiative as a valuable asset and a catalyst for a dialogue and transformation, we will explore how site-specific collaborations in varied cultural, geographic and political areas can influence business, social awareness and economic development. Encouraging close inspection of the particular issues faced by a specific New York community chosen by the participants, the workshop and the resulting public art work(s) will provide a unique platform for the participants and the public to explore and appropriate the city’s landscapes.

May 14, 2011

WTC - Interviews with visitors - Why do they come? What do they find?

I live four blocks from the WTC site. Every day when I leave my house, I see tourists from around the US and around the world looking for the site. They ask directions and I direct them. I know this site is very charged with feelings and opinions and convictions. But there isn't much for them to see or do. Only a big construction site. And now there are beginning to be commercial "museums" to fill the void.

I have wanted to have more interaction with the visitors, to know what they are thinking and feeling, where they come from, why they come to my neighborhood. I will conduct short interview the visitors about their impressions and record the interviews. Maybe they have questions for me. I could take pictures of them at the site or me, a real live New Yorker and neighborhood resident, with them. There are a few vantage points with pretty good views of the site. People stand and look and they take pictures. This is where I would go to collect interviews. I imagine that themes will emerge from the interviews.

I plan to do a test session for several hours on Sunday. I will work with a buddy (Nina). I will see if people want to talk, want to be taped, want to take pictures and what they want to ask me. My buddy can record audio and take pictures.

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