Amy Balkin - Public Smog

27 Oct 2006

Regular hours

12:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Wednesday 1 November 2006, 6 to 9pm

Opening and artist's talk

Friday 3 November 2006, 6pm

Film Screening at Peer:

Nancy Holt, Pine Barrens, 1975, 30'

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Mono Lake, 1968'2004, 19'

Saturday 4 November 2006

10am: Breakfast at Peer and conversation with Dr. Alexandra Thompson and Amy Balkin, in advance of the march organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change (starting at the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, 12 noon)

4:30pm: Post-march discussion at Peer

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London, United Kingdom


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  • 243, 55, 76
  • Old Street
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Public Smog is the first UK edition of an ongoing conceptual artwork by San Francisco-based artist Amy Balkin. The project consists of a gesture in which the artist buys and withholds carbon gas emission credits from international trading markets in order to create a temporary clean-air park. Aiming to highlight the complexities and contradictions of current environmental protocols, Balkin will attempt to submit an application to qualify the entire atmosphere as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amy Balkin's practice combines cross-disciplinary research and social critique to generate ambitious ways of conceiving the public domain outside current legal and discursive systems. The work centres on collaboration between the artist, communities and academics. Set up to create alternative social strategies or gestural interventions, Balkin's projects test the notion of public right and site ownership. Her public works have taken the form of installations, audio tours, websites, writings and lectures.

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