Soundbite: The production of Play: new forms for civic engagement within contested urban realms
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 22 November 2018
We are joined by Catalina Pollak-Williamson, artist and architect, for a Soundbite.
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Since 2012, I have run Public Interventions, a collaborative interdisciplinary platform for participatory art and design research projects concerned with the dynamics and practices of public spaces in relation to social and urban change. In this talk, I draw on previous projects such as Phantom Railings and The Garden Square (on the contested exclusivity of urban public space in England), WC1 (on the debates surrounding Victorian public toilets), and P|A|N (using bread as a vehicle of cross-cultural engagement), to show how artists can make visible the hidden histories and contestations embedded in the city's public spaces.
Catalina Pollak Williamson's work and research explores cross-disciplinary processes to challenge new forms of civic agency through participation and play. The outputs of these research-based projects have been shared and disseminated at the XX Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Chile (2017); the Conference ´Mediations: Art and Design Agency and Participation in Public Space´ at the Royal College of Art, London (2016); and through the publication of the book ´Outsider: Public Art and the politics of the English Garden Square´ (London: common-editions, 2015). In addition to currently completing her PhD at the Bartlett, she teaches Architecture Foundation at the University of East London, where she is also engaged with the research cluster Space Production Group. Previously, she has been invited to teach as a guest lecturer at: Universidad Diego Portales in Chile (2016), Universidad Católica in Chile (2013), the Architectural Association (2011), and other academic institutions. She has also held a research position as Visiting Collaboration Associate at the University of London in 2012.