public space? lost and found new york + venice, may 2017

ACT at MIT

Earlier this month ACT and the editors of Public Space? Lost and Found, Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui, and Lucas Freeman, produced two successful book launch events —    one in Venice at the Serra dei Giardini, and one in New York City at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

On May 4, ACT and Storefront for Art and Architecture co-hosted The Public Is in Bits and Bubbles, a set of seven presentations and performances as part of Storefront’s Cabaret Series. Participants included a mix of book contributors and practitioners and scholars whose works overlap with the themes and spirit of Public Space? Lost and Found: Francisca Benitez and Christina Bueno (BB), Jill Magid, Dennis Adams, Colby Chamberlain, Alan Ruiz, Marisa Jahn, and Antoni Muntadas, whose practice and pedagogy in many ways inspired the book. The event had a strong turnout and made full use of Storefront’s unique site and mandate to explore the design and evolution of public art and public life.

Special thanks to the Consulate General of Spain for supporting the event and to Carlos, Eva, and Max at Storefront for hosting the launch and welcoming the book into their curated micro-library. And thanks to the many people who were able to attend from NYC and Boston/Cambridge, including book contributor Mariel Villeré and special book supporter Cynthia Reed.

On May 11, Public Space? Lost and Found traveled to Venice for a launch event at the Serra dei Giardini that coincided with the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale Art Exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA. The event was a collaboration between ACT, Paolo Rossi of Microclima Venice, and Angela Vettese, book contributor and director of the Graduate Programme in Visual Art at Iuav University in Venice. The book editors and the many attendees were joined by Antoni Muntadas, Andrès Jaque, and Angela Vettese for discussions about the book and the status of public space in our political imaginaries and contemporary civic realities.

Special thanks to Mediafon and the Lewben Art Foundation for helping to launch the book in this special environment amidst a confluence of so many important artists, curators, and scholars.

A big thanks is also due to UPS ASC Lithuania for ensuring the books made it to both Venice and New York in a timely fashion.

Public Space? Lost and Found is available for sale online and will soon be available at the MIT Press Bookstore and many others as of June 2017.

More information about the book and the launches here: PS?LF.