Konst i centrum En undersökning av två kontroversiella verk i Göteborgs offentliga miljö
Sammanfattning: This master’s thesis in history of ideas is an interdisciplinary study which engages in the aspect of urbanplanning, public art and cultural policy through the analysis of two different types of public displays inGothenburg. The main objects for the research are a water and light display ordered by the city of Gothenburgand the other is Eternal Employment, a conceptual artwork, which is commissioned by the Public Art AgencySweden. The focus of the examination is the heterogeneous context that surrounds the processes of these twodisplays and the decision-making. The hypothesis is that these works represents two approaches that the publicdisplays have devolved into as a result of politics and urban planning. The thesis examines how the ideasregarding art and culture are expressed in the material via the two theoretical concepts entrepreneurialismfrom David Harvey and Jeff Werner’s the post-democratic state. The examination shows how art and culturehave become a tool for urban planning and cultural policy to make the city attractive. Regarding the hypothesisthe examination shows that instead of two approaches it is rather a symptom caused by the same factor – thepost-democratic state. Despite their differences, the displays are motivated in a similar way, which implies aninstrumental approach to art and culture. Although, the result also shows that there is a critical potential withinthe artwork in comparison with the water and light display that cannot be instrumentalized.
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