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Cosmopolitan Civil Societies : An Interdisciplinary Journal
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ISSN (Print) 1837-5391
Published by U of Technology Sydney Homepage  [6 journals]
  • Urban Art and Cosmopolitanism

    • Authors: ChingLin Pang, Felicitas Hillmann
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: In this special issue on urban art and cosmopolitanism, we explore emergent inquiry and explorations into the role of arts, artists and the reception of arts in the urban public space as cosmopolitan articulations, interventions and methodologies. Based on case studies we demonstrate how the hybrid city can be re-imagined by art interventions. However given the unprecendented pace of changes in cities across the globle more empirical investigations and theoretical reflections are needed to address the multi-faceted role of artists, arts and the reception of arts in the urban space.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8268
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
  • Sustaining Urban Public Spaces through Everyday Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism:
           The Case of the Art Center Recyclart

    • Authors: Jingjing LI, Ching Lin Pang
      Pages: 6 - 20
      Abstract: This article explores how social artistic interventions provide forms of everyday aesthetic cosmopolitanism – an intellectual and aesthetic openness towards objects, places, experiences, activities that relates to the everyday life of people regardless of identity, occupation, social class, cultural/racial background, and lifestyle – in transforming urban voids into inclusive urban public spaces. Through socially engaged art, artists and artistic institutions do not play a leading role but act as facilitators to provide space and context for events to emerge. Through participant observations and interviews for the period 2015-2018 and using concepts of everyday aesthetic cosmopolitanism, we demonstrate how the art center Recyclart, through socially informed artistic interventions, practices, and performances, contributed to transforming urban voids into inclusive urban public spaces. Our results indicate that local life, enacted by so-called marginalized residents and their everyday practices in urban central neighborhoods, is critical in city-making and contributes to everyday aesthetic cosmopolitanism.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8188
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
  • Physical and Digital Placemaking in a Public Art Initiative in Camden, NJ

    • Authors: Lili Razi, Devon Ziminski
      Pages: 21 - 39
      Abstract: The process of placemaking entails the use of physical and digital representations of place. An understudied element of these representations is how users’ agency and interaction with physical and digital placemaking contributes to sense of place within a community. This research uses A New View - Camden, New Jersey (ANV) public art initiative as a case study to analyze how digital representation of space contributes to sense of place among community members in an urban setting. ANV’s social media reach and coverage is triangulated with data from interviews and focus groups from the 2019-2021 project period. The digital interactions with public spaces evoked meaning to experiences and places in Camden, in turn influencing perceptions of the place and willingness of community members to engage. A New View’s digital representations not only created opportunities for wider outreach and longer lasting experiences of placemaking that contributed positively to community, but also contributed to understanding of placemaking in urban public spaces, particularly during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8201
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
  • Visualized Trauma, Sensitized Resilience: Urban Art among the French Hmong

    • Authors: Tian Shi
      Pages: 40 - 51
      Abstract: Various types of urban art emerged and prospered in recent decades when degenerating cities were embracing art as a marketing strategy. This urban-rejuvenation approach sheds less light on the agency and motivation of artists. This paper examines how ethnic artists represent traumatic memory, reflect nostalgia and mobilize individuals to collaborate with one other to build resilience. This study contributes to the literature that explores the agency and creativity of underrepresented minority artists in global society at large.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8089
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
  • Urban Semantics through Law and Photography

    • Authors: Katya Assaf-Zakharov, Tim Schnetgöke
      Pages: 52 - 79
      Abstract: The visual design of urban public spaces (hereinafter “cityscape”) has an important impact on city life – it can channel interpersonal communication into certain directions while excluding others; it can powerfully communicate notions of what is socially acceptable or important. Yet, while everyone may access urban public spaces, cityscapes are designed by a very limited social group. This paper focuses on the narratives embedded in the cityscapes. Analyzing legal conflicts arising around expressions that seek their way into the shared visual environment, as well as expressions whose presence in the cityscapes is disputed, we trace the dynamics of battles over urban narratives. The discussion of legal rules is complemented by photographs. Rather than illustrating the text, the photographs will relate to the discussed topics in their own way, enriching the discussion and broadening its perspective.
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8028
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
  • Street Art on TikTok: Engaging with Digital Cosmopolitanism

    • Authors: Zheng Shen
      Pages: 80 - 92
      Abstract: Under the influence of social media, aesthetic cosmopolitans have shifted from the real world to the digital world. This study exemplified Jingxuan Peng’s street art on TikTok to explore how street artists digitally increase the transcultural engagement with the cosmopolitan community on social media. As a result, a total of 243 videos and corresponding engagement responses were collected and investigated through text mining analysis. Overall, street art in these short videos was classified as fully exotic, partly exotic, and a combination of local and exotic art, and the study finds that the last category has the highest level of engagement in the digital cosmopolitan community. In conclusion, this study fills a gap in the limited analysis of street art and digital cosmopolitism on social media, and provides managerial insights for street artists and art appreciation in the age of Internet.
      PubDate: 2022-11-29
      DOI: 10.5130/ccs.v14.i2.8017
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 2 (2022)
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