Being in Public: Encounters | Outer Place / Inner Space

  • Driver, C. (Participant)
  • Brian Patterson (Member of programme committee)
  • Siobhan Mullin (Organiser)

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“The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most neglected of our human rights.” David Harvey

The Symposium investigated the interconnected role of the performative collective/action and the citizen in the making and changing nature of public space/s and thereby changing and transforming individual citizens themselves. The Symposium started on the basis of an openness about public space as a social and political realm essential to democratic life and as a place of physical design. It was informed by the political and moral philosophy of Hannah Arendt, and her position that this realm is where citizens negotiate, mediate and take collective action for the common good. Modernity she contends, has manufactured “distracted citizens” alienated from the public and the ‘common world’. It is this social and political terrain that initiates the open ground and framework for the Symposium. It proposed to examine the potential of contemporary performative art practice in the public realm as an activating ‘temporary community’ which by expanding the field of performative practice can interrogate public being and space in the wake of modernity’s psychological and economic ‘effect.
PeriodApr 2017
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Performance Art
  • citizenship
  • public space