Rebecca Hackemann

Not on The Plaza: critical strategies and psychoanalytic theory for permanent public art in New York

Chelsea College of Arts (CCW)

My doctoral project will conduct practice-based interdisciplinary research within the fields of public art and urban design in New York, in order to develop new paradigms for public art practice.

There is a deficit of research-oriented approaches to permanent public art in the US; this I claim, has lead to a disconnect between artists’ intentions, the processes that lead to public art, and residential communities living in the boroughs of New York.

A psychoanalytic reading of public art practice will inform a deeper, new and rigorous analysis at the nexus of architecture, urban planning, public art, space and spectatorship.


Professor Malcolm Quinn