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Publics and purposes at GradCAM

16 February 2010

The conference arts research: publics and purposes opened yesterday in Dublin, and to our eternal regret, we can't be there. Organized by GradCAM, the Irish institute for research in the arts, it addresses a question that so far has rarely been asked: how are artist researchers going to find an audience? For who is this made? And why? Combining the search for a public with reflection on the purposes, and five days of sessions with a range of exhibitions and performances, the conference comes with the most concise rationale I have ever seen:

who for? what for?

This could well be a landmark event where the discussion gets beyond mere discussion. At any rate, the search for a public seems to be rather succesful, for almost every event of the week is fully booked.


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