Flatbread Society and the Discourse on Soil

By Charlotte Blanche Myrvold.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Published Online: April 22, 2016 $US5.00

Flatbread Society is a public art project in the newly redeveloped waterfront of Oslo. The durational engagement of artist Amy Franceschini and her collaborators have led to a deviation from the original design concept of one of the public spaces. With Flatbread Society, the approach to site has shifted from an emphasis on the fjord as a recreational asset to the soil as an essential resource of social, historic and ecologic importance. The aim of this article is to discuss temporary artistic interventions that generate or circulate new knowledge about the city. More specifically, it investigates the research methodology of Flatbread Society, arguing that public art can act as producer of new insights in the context in which it operates. The empirical data of the article are constructed through participatory observations of the temporary intervention and interviews with the artists. Flatbread Society’s site-specific approach is viewed in relation to the urban redevelopment context and the site-specific approaches already in place through the public space program. The article introduces the notion of aesthetic labour in order to discuss art’s reconfiguration of materiality and competences, and how Flatbread Society brings about a new understanding of the site they work within.

Keywords: Public Art, Urban Redevelopment, Participation-based Art

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 11, Issue 3, September, 2016, pp.1-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: April 22, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.269MB)).

Charlotte Blanche Myrvold

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art, Design, and Drama, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway