Outsider: Public Art and the Politics of the English Garden Square

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Pollak Williamson, Catalina 2015. Outsider: Public Art and the Politics of the English Garden Square. common-editions.
AuthorsPollak Williamson, Catalina
Abstract

Railings are everywhere in the urban context, they control access to private and public space, and determine the behaviours sanctioned within the areas they enclose. Outsider: Public Art and the Politics of the English Garden Square incites us to take a closer look at railings in the city, and to question their function and use.

This book is published as a complement to Catalina Pollak Williamson’s public artwork, Phantom Railings (2012–2014), a project born from the artist’s interest in a particular moment in London’s social history: the removal of railings from garden squares as part of the 1940s war effort. In a comment on the railing-in of public green space within the city, the artist installed sensor-based acoustic devices along the perimeter wall of a London square, to evoke the ghost of an iron fence removed decades previously and never replaced. Outsider features an essay by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, describing the rise of the English garden square and the major debates around their ownership, as well as a conversation between Catalina Pollak Williamson and Jeremy Deller about public art, politics and the idea of ‘play’ as an essential human need.

Year2015
Publishercommon-editions
Publication dates
PrintNov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Nov 2018
ISBN978-0-9931563-4-2
Web address (URL)http://common-editions.com/shop/outsider/
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