Wednesday 7th October 2009
Greestone Building, Lindum Hill, Lincoln
Chair: Laura Eldret (Collecting Live Art)
Ana Benlloch (a.a.s)
Lawrence Bradby (Townley and Bradby)
Hugh Dichmont (a-n / Tether)
Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agency)
‘Live art asks us what it means to be here, now’*
When Live art is presented in a public environment to an unsuspecting audience, does it alienate or empower the people and places it seeks to engage?'
* Live Art UK Vision Paper
Art-Jacking provided an opportunity to actively discuss the role of live art in public spaces. The Art-Jacking debate opened ideas and questions around the nature, role and experience of live art and how audiences respond to art and its varied formats.
The Art-Jacking speakers came from different artistic backgrounds bringing varied opinions and experiences of live art. Lois Keidan championed live arts ability to pursue new ideas and experiences while Hugh Dichmont discussed embarrassment in participatory works. The debate worked around a structure and based arguments on ideas relating to live art empowering or alienating its audiences. Rather than develop firm answers the debate opened up ideas in an attempt to enhance the profile of live art through collaborative dialogue.