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The exhibition Public Services brings together projects by artists and architects whose works and research deal with problems involving the service sector in contemporary urban environments. These projects represent a critical consideration of alternative models of public services, which, ideally, are founded on the principles of openness, access, equality, participation, mobility, adaptability, and transformativity. When artists today think about structures and forms in the contemporary city, they think above all about the importance of open communication within urban structures. By occupying the space that lies between the many different users of cities, corporate capital (and its interests), and the urban structure, they draw attention to processes of degradation and appropriation, borders between public and private, the de-industrialization and agrarianization of cities, and so on, while developing new public-service models based on participation, exchange, and solidarity.

Public Services presents five different starting points for engagement and five explicitly subjective approaches. These projects and creative works have been conceived as forms of immediate and physical intervention in the structure of the city, as social interaction, as a virtual utopian scheme, etc. In terms of their goals, these works may be either indirect or immediate, action-based or utopian.

Part of International Festival Steirischer Herbst.

Artists: Marjetica Potrč, Paula Roush, Apolonija Šuštersič, Temporary Services, Tadej Pogacar in Anja Planišček

Curator: Tadej Pogačar Assistent: Polonca Lovšin

8. 10. - 3. 12. 2005 Pavlova hiša, Laafeld/Potrna (A) 12. 1. - 31. 1. 2006 P74 Centrer and Gallery, Ljubljana

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Public Services
kuratiert von Tadej Pogacar und Polonca Lovsin

mit Marjetica Potrc, Paula Roush, Apolonija Sustersic,
Tadej Pogacar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. & Anja Planiscek, Temporary Services 

08.10.05 - 03.12.05 Pavlova Hisa, Laafeld / Potrna (A)
12.01.06 - 31.01.06 P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana
17.06.06 - 15.07.06 Sparwasser HQ, Berlin