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Rebecca Hackemann

Published date
27 Jun 2018

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

College: Chelsea College of Arts
Supervisor: Professor Malcolm Quinn


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.