Research Unit in Public Cultures announces two new publications

The Research Unit in Public Cultures (RUPC) is happy to announce two new publications, now available online.

These publications and other RUPC reports can be downloaded via their Consultancy reports and publications web page.

White Night: City as Event: Researching Melbourne's Festival of Illumination

Edited by Danny Butt

General editing by Nikos Papastergiadis and Scott McQuire

The Research Unit in Public Cultures, The University of Melbourne

In this project we seek to examine the impact of a major public event - White Night - in the City of Melbourne. Through this event we witness a significant shift in the location and duration of artistic events as they move to inhabit the urban fabric. But the event is also conditioned by a central expectation that the public can engage and interact with art, and with each other. Is the quality of the art or the public experience more important in defining the event? Or does framing the question in oppositional terms miss the point?

Digital Amsterdam: Digital Art and Public Space in Amsterdam

By Boukje Cnossen, Thomas Franssen and Mandy de Wilde

Edited by Danny Butt

General editing by Scott McQuire and Nikos Papastergiadis

The Research Unit in Public Cultures, The University of Melbourne

In this report we explore digital art interventions in public space in Amsterdam as part of the 'participatory public space' project lead by The University of Melbourne. We focus specifically on artistic interventions in public space, rather than on the more general ways in which public space is transformed by digital technologies: it is in these artistic interventions that the most radical innovations take place. This becomes the case, for instance, in augmented reality interventions - a technique in which smartphones render visible interventions in the virtual world. Of particular interest is the way these interventions redefine public space and participation.