A City Never Lies: Situational Irony as a Key to Address Public Urban Space.

Denise Ziegler

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In this text, I question the concepts of urban space and public art. Research interventions are conducted using situational irony as a method for reflecting on urban public situations and for knowledge production. Instead of interrogating people and involving them in the process, the interventions put questions directly to public infrastructure, to walls, fences, buildings and pedestrian ways. In a post-Beuysian vein, an artist workshop is extended to public space in order to work with its mechanisms and possibilities. The research aims to contribute to the redefinition of concepts regarding how we look at and develop public urban space. In this setup, irony is a key player in detecting relevant features of the urban situation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Arts
Subtitle of host publication Irony, Critique and Assimilation of the Methods
EditorsJosé Quaresma, Alys Longley, Fernando Rosa Dias
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
PublisherThe University of Auckland New Zealand / Creative Arts and Industries Dance Studies
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-972-9370-21-2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2015
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • art
  • artistic research
  • city planning
  • Irony
  • research intervention
  • public uban space
  • public art
  • pennants
  • signs of local identity

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