City (Re)Searches: Experiences of Publicness (2012 - 14) set out to consider the increasingly enigmatic, provisional and contested notion of public-ness, looking at the fissures around contemporary experience of public-ness in order to examine how they might hold out possibilities for new alignments between democratic and democratising practices and greater social equality in the area of cultural participation.
An international group of practitioners and theorists - Fernando Marquespenteado (BR); Fiona Woods (IRL); Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL); John Mulloy (IRL); Mary Jane Jacob (US); Niall Crowley (IRL); Niall O'Baoill (IRL); Studio Urbonas (LT/US); Susanne Bosch (NI/DE); Vagabond Reviews (IE). engaged with publics in four European cities - Belfast, NI; Cork, IRL; Kaunas, LT; and Rotterdam, NL - to identify local typologies of public-ness.
The project has generated a series of written pamphlets, which can be viewed online:
The project was initiated by Blue Drum (IRL), Community Arts Partnership (NI) and Kaunas Biennale (LT). It was funded through the EU Culture programme.