Working Together: Tracing the Making of Public Art as Part of Regeneration Practice

Crawshaw, Julie (2015) Working Together: Tracing the Making of Public Art as Part of Regeneration Practice. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24 (2). pp. 76-96. ISSN 1755-2923

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2015.240206

Abstract

A pragmatist study of art in regeneration, this article contributes a nuanced understanding of how art works as an ingredient of regeneration practice. To ameliorate post-industrial decline, commissioning art has become part of the work of the planner. In planning studies art is usually accounted for as completed artworks in relation to socio-economic agendas. But what of the effects produced in their making? Inspired by Actor-Network Theory, by tracing associations between human and non-human actors I reveal art as part of the translation process of regeneration. Drawing on a one-year ethnography of a regeneration office in North East England, I describe how art mediates collaboration with and in planning practice as a catalyst for professionals to re-consider their professional remit anew.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Actor-Network Theory, art, North East England, participation, planning, regeneration
Subjects: L600 Anthropology
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Julie Crawshaw
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 13:58
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28043

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