‘Look at it! – The role of art in public spaces’
as a part of the Norwegian-Russian Culture Forum
Panelists: Thale Fastvold Thorbjørnsen, Oslo (NO), Kristin Risan, Svolvær (NO), Aleksander Molodtsov, Nikel (RU).
Moderator: Ida Karine Gullvik, NRK Finnmark
Artistic Contribution: Survival Instructions with Glafira Severianova, Murmansk, (RU)
Public art is no longer simply a decorative feature. As public art projects shift away from the traditional, stationary and purely aesthetic ideals, new formats of dialogue based, interactive and temporary artworks show that public art, both indoors and out, can act as an impulse for tourism, urban development and social policies. Cities such as Vardø have benefited from new public art projects, creating an identity of place which is unmistakable.
Can cross-border cooperation on the arts contribute to better neighbourly relations between cities, places and people? What would a joint project of public art mean for cities like Kirkenes and Nikel?