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Art in construction sites: Do as workers do

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m.


March 8, 2016
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

New York University
(2nd Floor, Dean’s Conference Room)
4 Washington Square North
New York 10003, NY

CIRHUS research fellow Stephane Tonnelat will present his recently released ethnographic book L'art en chantier (art in construction site) which explores new relations between art, and the work of urban design and construction in Paris, France.

For ten years now, artist Stefan Shankland has been working in the construction sites that rhythm the urban renewal of the city of Ivry-Sur-Seine, on the fringes of Paris. By setting his workshop in the middle of the construction, he has opened these sites to new publics and raised questions  about both the nature of work and art. Stéphane Tonnelat will trace the history that had lead an artist to anew environment and discuss the type of art thus produced and the role that it can play in the production of the urban environment today.

Rather than promoting real-estate investment, or to the contrary denouncing its speculative nature, it questions the idea of "good work" by blurring the boundaries between art and labor. It brings planners,designers, developers and workers to wonder about the unique quality of their own work and of the built environment.

Please RSVP by March 6 with Valérie Dubois