THE DATABASE ON PUBLIC ART PRACTICES
TAP’s Database on Public Art Practices started out as a research project in 2015 around the legal and administrative frameworks, challenges, and opportunities around the production of art in the public realm in Lebanon. TAP then proceeded to publish a tool-guide online “A Few Things You Need to Know When Creating an Art Project in a Public Space in Lebanon” in 2016 illustrating key issues and necessary approaches to contemporary art practices in the public realm.
Throughout the initial research, questions arose regarding the methodology around naming, grouping and categorizing projects and initiatives which created more space for debate around what it means to practice art in public; but also, how these practices and projects (no longer just “works”) are archived, collected, and preserved.
We were able to bring together a methodology that we believe brings justice to the works that have been carried out; cross-categorizing through temporality (permanent, temporary and ephemeral) and pre-defined tags (monuments & memorials, participatory art, site- specific intervention, urban & street art, land art, internet art, social practice, and public sculpture). We are also interested in the administrative and legal frameworks surrounding each project which is why we try to include when possible/available the authorizations undertaken, the commissioner of the work, and the framework in which the project took place.
Providing information and creating a platform for knowledge is a key component and drive of our work at TAP.
We aim for this Database to be the starting point for more discursive and analytical conversations and cross-disciplinary research on cultural policies, artistic practices, and the public realm as a social framework, so not only public spaces as defined geographically; but what it means to practice art outside; in the presence of people, in collaboration with communities, and in response to a certain socio-political climate.
The Database on Public Art Practices is a type of archive; a virtual museum of projects that disappear once they are practiced; while traces of them remain.
If you wish to contribute to this database, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org