‘Dialogue!' offers a point of integration that sets out to inspire public imagination and the creation of art in the public domain. Conducted in December 2013, ‘Dialogue! Conference on Publicly Engaged Art Practices' invited veteran art practitioners, artists and academics from the Mainland, Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong to discuss three major themes: (1) Public · Art — The Relationship between Art and People / Publicness; (2) Individual · Engagement — Social Movements: Self-initiated Projects by Artists / Curators; (3) Community · Interaction — Formation, Interaction and Sustainability of Participatory Art Practices.
Starting out from the idea of publicness, the discussions aimed to re-examine a range of issues – from the practices and finished creations of artists to their connection with audiences and performance sites. By looking at different types of participatory and interactive art projects, we explored how art helps construct society and how it combines with the public to establish a community. Progressive discussions and thinking not only help review artistic intervention in society and art's connection with the community, but also lead to a better understanding and identification of the current developments in and challenges faced by community-based art projects.
Date: 12.6 — 12.7.2015