Future Hobart at Dark Mofo


Public space - how do we use it? What do we look for in public space? What works and what doesn't? Tuesday 17th June, I'm hosting a forum with New York artist Vito Acconci from Acconci Studio on this very subject at Dark Mofo. Here's the blurb: 'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.' – Jane Jacobs

How do we use public space in such a way as to maximise its potential? This question will form the centrepiece for an ongoing discussion series starring you, Hobart locals and interlopers alike. Our shared spaces do more than bring us together (although that is important enough): they say something about who we are as a group, and who we want to be.

To get the party started, the City of Hobart and MONA have invited New York artist Vito Acconci to offer up a prototype for how to create connections between previously discrete aspects of our city, and in doing so, activate them in unimagined ways. A while back, we commissioned Acconci – a pivotal player in the subversive 1970s art scene – to design a major piece of public architecture for our city, in response to the Queens Domain Master Plan. During Dark Mofo he will present a proposed structure to re-link the Queen's Domain with its riverside precinct containing the Hobart Cenotaph, before turning his vision over to you for discussion and debate. Speak up. The future, as it were, is in your hands.

Speculating about what Acconci Studio might come up with? Talk about it #futurehobart


Photo: Vito Acconci