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Screen EcologiesArt, Media, and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region$
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Larissa Hjorth, Sarah Pink, and Kristen Sharp

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034562

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034562.001.0001

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Platforms for Public Engagement

Platforms for Public Engagement

(p.89) 5 Platforms for Public Engagement
Screen Ecologies

Larissa Hjorth

Sarah Pink

Kristen Sharp

Linda Williams

The MIT Press

Chapter 5 shifts the discussion to art and its relationship to the emergence of the “platform” as a concept and place through which artists engage across the region. Focusing particularly on the role of public engagement, this chapter looks at the rise of transregional spaces in contemporary art (such as biennials) and how they participate in the making of regional ecologies of place and forms of Asia-Pacific cosmopolitanism. Tracing the rise of regional biennials and triennials, transregional projects and new forms of gallery/arts organizations, we reflect on how these have given new critical attention to the region’s art practices and politics, and how these in turn are implicated in global mediated and economic flows.

Keywords:   Art as Platforms, biennials, community arts projects, transregional, Asian art, Asia-Pacific Triennials (APTs), Cosmopolitanism, post-Fukushima

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