This past weekend (27-28 June 2013) found me in Canterbury on a professional trip, city break and country retreat all in one. Carolina Vasilikou, Manila Castoro and Jonathan Ward of the University of Kent organised a conference on public art and its publics with a young and engaging group of participants, who were also great fun over dinner.
Discussions were quite diverse in terms of topics, but here is my usual list of memorable people and projects:
– The Artscapes group itself, which is just starting off but managed to bring together a good honest community in its first year conference;
– Claudio Musso for his mural production and curation in Bologna and his lucid views on street art. For those who can read Italian, Claudio’s project is on Twitter @FrontierBo;
– Jonathan Vickery for introducing us to Jochen Gerz’s fascinating 2-3 Streets project in an honest and exploratory way. The website is a good read of what the artist did – or rather what he didn’t do;
And finally Canterbury for being the quiet, green and tranquil opposite of London, also for its good academic humour: