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2004.08.01

The Private/Public Realm

minta-01PAA, a group in Hungary, raises the conscious awareness of the private/public boundary in art and media. A well thought out mission statement explains, "The general aim of PAA is to ensure that contemporary art should also reach large public besides the experts, thus, along with its function of environment formation it should obtain social, educational and economic significance as well."

Though they have a well developed mission and theory base, they do not have any projects posted at this time. That's ok, though, because it gives you more time to browse through the theory section. An interesting questioning of the relative term of "public" seems to be their focus. "One may call art that manifests itself outside museums, galleries and private collectiions –art of community, however, better known and more wide – spreadly (sic): public art. However, the latter does not fully cover the thing that this art stands for; since the "expression": public may remind us of monument (sic) sculpture."

The theory goes on to briefly focus upon the influences of mass media upon the boundary of public and private. "How can we define space today in the epoch of media? Where is the real space amongst the every day reality and medial picture and how does this affect our conscience and senses? How does this space appear in art and how does art that functions contextually constitute public?" Psychogeography also has a role in this questioning, however, so what PAA has to say can be understood as an alternative voice to the psychogeographic process. Substitute "psychogepgraphy" for "media" and it still makes sense.

PAA is a well thought out group that appears to be constructing in-depth explorations of the public and private boundaries of society. You can get involved with them if you are so inclined. Hopefully the projects that manifest from the group will be well documented and displayed on their site sometime soon.

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