Belfast 19-22 February, 2013

The second cycle of our city researchers took us to Belfast, Northern Ireland. See below links to documents produced as part of the Deliberation conversations. Afterwards, Mary Jane Jacob wrote a blog entry. Read

Deliberation February 21 Report

Deliberation February 22 Report

Cultural Agency Pamphlet (Mary Jane Jacob)


How to make culture more recognised and realised as a question of entitlement, a commitment to express criticism and foster change?


Saturday, June 16,

10:00hrs – 18.00hrs


City (Re)Search   

Experiences of Public-ness 

Here is a research based on the correct observation that there has been an institutional failure to create conversations between arts/culture and other momentums for social and political rights, and rightly place their efforts in the framework of developing a new consensus about the public value of culture.                              Project Assessor Report


1. What’s being attempted

2. Some notes toward a provocation and a research question

1. What’s being attempted at our first meeting?

2. Some notes toward a provocation and a research question

We have such a modest amount of time (4 days // 3 cities of gathering and 2 days // 1 city to reflect) to find proximity to the experience, desire and imagination of ordinary people and to re-present this somehow to expert knowledge in the city.


So our focus is local knowledge and imagination.  Our intention is to hear what insights and apprehensions ordinary people have about culture.  We have to deploy our practices, tactics and devices, which reflect a set of much longer term commitments and work developed on your own work bench.  The purpose of our inquiry is to make imaginable culture rights. A perspective can take the human rights or equality framework e.g. UNESCO conventions on intangible cultural heritage and local cultural expression. 

Our project is focused on cultural rights so it may be helpful to frame a question linked to an existing UNESCO mechanism for Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) and Diversity of Cultural Expression (2005):

Intangible cultural heritage and creative expression understood and experienced as private practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills as well as objects, artifacts and cultural spaces a community of persons recognise as part own culture.

There is some value in proffering a question that may foreground our imaginary court room investigation 

How to make culture more recognised and realised as a question of entitlement, a commitment to express criticism and foster change?






Vagabond Reviews

(Ailbhe Murphy and Ciaran Smyth) is an interdisciplinary platform for socially engaged art practice and critical inquiry.

Pamphlet 1


Niall Crowley is committed to evolving a new forms of cooperation across the cultural and social fields. 

Pamphlet 2


Mary Jane Jacob is a curator who holds the position of Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago [SAIC].

Pamphlet 3


John Mulloy worked for many years as a community artist.  He teaches History of Art, Critical Theory and Rural Art in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Pamphlet 4


Susanne Bosch is an artist, open space facilitator;

she works predominantly in public and on long-term questions, which tackle creative arguments around

the ideas of democracy. 

Pamphlet 5



Fiona Woods is a visual artist based in Clare,

Ireland who attempts to generate modest spaces

within which things can be individually or collectively questioned or produced.  Pamphlet 6



Jeanne van Heeswijk has worked on socially committed art projects that take place in public spaces. She sees herself as a mediator, an intermediary between a situation, a space, a neighbourhood and the people connected to these.

Pamphlet 7


Niall O'Baoill is the cultural coordintor for Fatima Groups United an area that has realised a significant regeneration process in which art and culture was central. He was a founding Director of Wet Paint is a board member of Macnas.

Pamphlet 8


Fernando Marquespenteado from Sao Paulo, Brazil tells us his inspiration has been floating around visual regimes within urban material cultures - something like extensively deployed public imagery that inhibits and fatigues one’s primary instinct to produce meanings ---- together with his on-going interest on male-to-male daily practices of violence, particularly through images and events where human life is taken without grace. 


Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas have established an international reputation for socially interactive and interdisciplinary practice exploring the conflicts and contradictions posed by the economic, social, and political conditions in the transforming societies.