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Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Public Art and Public Power (English)
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of the culture is to serve people and represent the people's social will and freedom. Culture does not exist in a vacuum but shaped and framed by political and artistic structures that are not neutral, and this is why the artwork itself cannot be an independent business. The public function of art can be understood as a defense of the ideals of democracy. But today, when political power is often replaced by hegemony, the role of art and functions are changing. How these changes reflect to the identity, reality and truth of society? What political functions are fulfilled when art becomes “public”? The issue of democracy is linked question of people’s power in a democratic society where power is legitimized in social space. The idea of the public sphere as a cultural form for crowds is opening the public art for debate. How and by what kind of methods we can investigate the public? To talk about multiple public spaces do not question what a disclosure is, but what public art means. Is it a place for encounters between art and ideas and observations of how the truth and reality are presented in the society? It is not easy to write an essay about the relationship between public art and public power. But in a time of rapid political changes where art often stands in the focus we ought to make an attempt. What is the relationship between art and power in the public sphere actually like today?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 60 p.
National Category
Art History
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1657OAI: diva2:577348
Subject / course
Art History
Educational program
Master programme in art history
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-15 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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