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IAS Thursdays: From Space to Place

Roundtable Discussion on “From Space to Place,” a 2013 Nash Gallery Exhibition

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Question and Answer Session

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From Space to Place, an exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery May 28-June 15, 2013

Placemaking transforms a space, infusing it with a distinct identity.  While “space” typically refers to the physical or geographical environment, “place” ricochets between the emotional, the social, and the political.  From Space to Place reimagined and reconstructed the concept of “space,” investigating the potential to make authentic, dynamic, and resilient communities.  Panelists will discuss acts and outcomes of placemaking, within and beyond artistic contexts.



Howard Oransky, Director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Teréz Iacovino, Department of Art, Exhibition Curator
Artemis Ettsen, School of Architecture, Exhibition Curator
Caroline Kent, Exhibition Artist

More Information About the Exhibition

Defined by human activities, places are ever-changing, ever-decaying, and always being reborn, often through collective action and collaboration. From Space to Place was a group exhibition, curated by an architect and artist team that explored placemaking—the transformation of a space into that which has a distinct identity. Placemaking brings together creative and cultural resources, most importantly people, whose combined efforts have the potential to reimagine and reconstruct space into authentic, dynamic, and resilient communities. While “space” typically refers to the physical or geographical environment, “place” ricochets between the emotional, the social, and the political.

The exhibition was a platform for reexamining place and one’s relationship to it. From Space to Place featured projects from local, national and international artists and designers working in a variety of media. The projects were a result of collaborative and individual efforts to interpret and investigate the phenomena of place and placemaking. The exhibition traversed the concepts of memory, intimacy, loss, potential, and regrowth.

An art gallery is inherently a placeless space, so there was a tension inherent in the act of displaying work about place within the gallery. Rather than attempting to replicate placemaking within the gallery, the exhibition became a collection of past events and future possibilities. This collection further served as a complement to the numerous and exciting placemaking initiatives occurring within the Twin Cities and beyond.

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This discussion took place Thursday, September 19, 2013, at 4:00 pm in 125 Nolte.
Please join the discussion in the comments section below.

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  1. Susannah SmithSeptember 24, 2013 at 9:54 amReply

    The Minnesota Daily had a short article yesterday on Caroline Kent’s Dinkytown project:

  2. DavidSeptember 23, 2013 at 9:02 amReply

    I kept wondering whether the speaker plans to work more closely with the City of Minnapolis and local business leaders. As she utilizes her time giving surveys on Dinkytown, how far she is willing or able to go to actually get into the nuts and bolts of civil engineering? My suggestion would be for her to work more closely with the City of Minneapolis and one or two businesses in the area then to focus on one street corner. She can then take “civic ownership” of one, two or three or 10 or more square sections of sidewalk and solicit opinions with the survey on that specific area. For me, the no-brainer would be the bus stop in front of McDonald’s on SE 4th St and 15th Ave SE. (With map oriented North up, you will see an upside-down gray triangle there on I sense this high-traffic area needs to keep people moving through, but it also should have something to inhabit or look at for people waiting for the 2 and people like visiting parents wishing to know how nice the area around the campus is. There is a lot of space there tat seems underutilized and It feels like standing on a vast block of concrete. Perhaps something as simple as a mosaic sidewalk covered in cleanseable plexiglass to embellish the corner would do the trick, but more survey answers and working with stakeholders (civil engineers and architects will likely bring forth other innovative and costworthy ideas.

  3. EfeSeptember 13, 2013 at 2:51 pmReply

    It will be interesting to see how this panel discussion addresses this topic. From “Space to Place” I would like to see how the “imaginary” place is defined and the contextual aspect of addressing? Can “Space and Place” be one in the same. I will await the discussion.

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