Chapter

Making the Public

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EXCERPT

Assumptions

1. A public programme of talks, performances, symposia etc. is the thin interface between exhibition and its social and political context. Its aim is to make exhibitions more porous.

2. Public programmes are now constitutive of large-scale international exhibitions for reasons of education, inclusion, public and private funding.

3. As the public programme becomes more immersive and central, it reveals both the problem of art’s sited relation to its public and its antithesis: the obliteration of the exhibition’s political and educational aim…