Group: Art Methods
Description of Method:
The creation of site-specific installations in, or in association with, the Urban Room. These can be permanent features of the Urban Room or temporary pieces that are part of specific events or activities. They can be physical or digital, or hybrid combinations of the two. They can be constructed of a huge range of materials and media and often integrate data, audio and video display. Installations can be interactive and playful - inviting active engagement from visitors.
Purpose of Method:
Installations can inject energy into an Urban Room, if they are well conceived and engaging. They can be very successful in drawing visitors to the space and engaging them in active participation with the themes of the Urban Room. Good installations can bring a different perspective to everyday spaces and artefacts in the local area. Commissioning installations can be an effective way of engaging artists and creatives, from both the local area and beyond, to introduce new perspectives on the built environment and its social, political and cultural contexts. Installations can prompt new questions about the nature, accessibility and purpose of public spaces and buildings.
Installations can engage a wide audience through their playfulness and experimental nature. They can draw in people who wouldn’t otherwise engage in more conventional Urban Room activities. Consider issues of accessibility and have facilitators on hand to encourage participation.
Urban Room Folkestone
Urban Room Folkestone commissioned an installation ‘Fortune Here’ by artist genuinefake on the seafront, as part of the Folkestone Triennial 2021. The playful spaces created aimed to “reflect on how the development of the urban environment can keep up with concurrent and entangled societal change and evolving global norms."