Art in the public space
Masterplan for art is a complex multidisciplinary project for the spatial reading and programming of art in the public space. It coherently continues, on a different level, the same concerns that the foundation has showed in its past decade of activity, adding the multiple benefits of the cultural partnership it has built during the Art Encounters Biennial in 2015 where the foundation was included, together with other coordinating and partner entities (Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara City Hall, the Office for Culture and the Romanian Order of Architects, Timiș branch) which was concretized through a large-scale event.
The project aims to generate the aknowledgement of art's importance in the public spaces of Timișoara, to help create a debate platform and to coagulate a partnership between various involved entities, from multiple perspectives, so as to better manage public spaces.
The project's objectives are the following:
a. identifying low quality areas, that could be opened to interventions coming even from the directly related communities
b. defining platform-type spaces, that could host temporary interventions followed by a contest
c. defining categories of works that could be adapted to certain themed areas and to identify possible routes between them
d. defining consultancy/public informing methods on the existing/soon to be exhibited works of art
e. proposing a committee with an expertize in selecting publicly commissioned artworks
f. establishing criteria for the commission mechanisms and placement of the public artworks
g. corelating all the public space insertion proposals with the General Masterplan, which is currently under work
h. identifying the target groups among the population and the categories of beneficiaries of these interventions
Liliana Mercioiu Popa
Liliana Mercioiu Popa is a visual artist and a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Design, the West University of, Timișoara. She is a founding member of the In-format group. Her approach is aimed at social issues, such as perception and the influence the environment has on humans, the analysis of their behaviour, visible in urban areas, ars poetica approaches, questioning the influence of art on the social context.
Corina Nani is a visual artist and a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Design, the West University of Timișoara. She is coordinating the International Street Art Festivalfrom Timisoara since 2011, taking interest in urban regeneration through art.
Marius Leonte is a visual artist. Starting with 2001 he initiated, coordinated and produced 4 sculpture symposiums supported by Tuborg Company in Bucharest, ConstanțaandTimișoara. He is part of INSTALART, an NGO which aims at promoting contemporary visual art in public space, among people.
Bogdan Zaha, one of the architects of the well renowned London based office of Zaha Hadid Architects, studied Architecture in Bucharest and Timisoara, graduated a Zaha Hadid masterclass at the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and participated in the development and research on the principles and theories of architecture parametricism, a style defined by Patrick Schumacher.