PUBLICS is a curatorial agency with a dedicated library, event space and reading room in Vallila Helsinki, known for its industrial working class histories and, more recently, for its influx of divergent artistic and academic communities.
Under the artistic direction of curator Paul O’Neill, with program manager and curator Eliisa Suvanto, PUBLICS explores a “work together” institutional model with multiple overlapping objectives, thematic strands and collaborations. PUBLICS is a constellation of practices, projects and productions. As such, PUBLICS proposes the term “Public” as always plural—as a concept; as a group of people (imagined, actualized or real); and as a contested spatio-temporal location/discourse in the world. The on-going project strands of PUBLICS are: PUBLICS Library; PUBLICS Talks; and PUBLICS Events and Performances. These initiatives will evolve in time and in parallel with the project’s longer-term curatorial programmes, PUBLICS Public Art Commissions.
PUBLICS develops out of Checkpoint Helsinki, a contemporary art initiative established in 2013. In its spirit, PUBLICS continues this organization’s commitment to critical social thinking, contemporary art and publicness. The result is an emergent, evolving and co-organized institution based on a number of operative principles:
— PUBLICS is discursive and instigates dialogue between local, regional and international art.
— PUBLICS commissions, produces and curates durational, longer-term contemporary public art.
— PUBLICS recognizes the need to identify, activate and actualize diverse publics for contemporary art.
— PUBLICS is an educational, civic and public resource.
— PUBLICS is dedicated to debating, curating, imagining and making contemporary art in, with, and in relation to its multiple publics.
PUBLICS is supported by Kone Foundation.
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