Public Enquiries: PARK LEK and the Scandinavian Social Turn


Giorgiana Zachia, Mick Wilson, Helena Selder, SOMEWHERE (Editors)
Kerstin Bergendal, Stenka Hellfach, James Holston, Ulrikke Neergaard, Andrea Phillips, Mick Wilson, Giorgiana Zachia (Contributors)
Paperback, 23 × 15 cm | 6 × 9 in, 180 pages
ISBN 978-1-911164-30-2

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Public Enquiries is the culmination of a multidisciplinary research project that operated through a series of public hearings in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gothenburg (2015-2016). The hearings focused on Kerstin Bergendal’s Park Lek (2010-2014), which was described at the time as a utopian art project and a concrete intervention in the urban planning process. Public Enquiries maps how Bergendal’s extraordinary art project contested and ultimately transformed the local government processes used to shape a segregated urban area of Stockholm. Though Park Lek is primarily examined within the context of Scandinavian society, the writers additionally go on to outline how the project can function as a blueprint for how artistic practice can act as an agent in reconstructing local democracy worldwide, making Public Enquiries a must-read for anyone with an interest in the current state of socially engaged art practice anywhere.This title is co-published with Valand Academy, a school for film, photography, literary composition and fine art at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden”.

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