STATE OF THE ARTS

Ur­ban Art Projects co-founder Daniel To­bin on the im­por­tance of un­com­mon cre­ativ­ity and bring­ing artworks into the public realm | 藝術平台Ur­ban Art Pro­ject­s合夥創辦人Daniel Tobin分享非凡創意的重要性,以及怎樣把藝術品帶到公眾層面

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Ur­ban Art Projects (UAP) be­gan life al­most 25 years ago as a plat­form to in­tro­duce artworks into public spa­ces. Founded by broth­ers Daniel and Matthew To­bin – both artists them­selves – UAP now has stu­dios in New York and Shang­hai, as well as its na­tive Bris­bane, and has ex­e­cuted com­mis­sions of large-scale public in­stal­la­tions around the world in part­ner­ship with lead­ing artists, ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers. We caught up with Daniel to dis­cuss the evo­lu­tion of UAP and ex­plore why col­lab­o­ra­tion is key to cre­ativ­ity. 始於25年前的Ur­ban Art Projects(UAP)致力把藝術作品帶到公眾空間。UAP由同為藝術家的兄弟組合Daniel和Matthew Tobin創辦,現於紐約、上海和家鄉布里斯本均設工作室,曾跟多位頂級藝術家、建築師和設計師處理過多個環球大型公眾裝置。我們跟Daniel細談UAP的改革過程,並探討合作在創造力中扮演的要角。Most of UAP’s work en­gages with peo­ple through the public realm. Within our ever-grow­ing cities, public spa­ces chal­lenge de­sign teams to think dif­fer­ently how to de­sign new com­mu­nal ar­eas in which com­mu­ni­ties meet to have a cof­fee, walk to work or re­lax in the park. 大部分UAP的作品均鼓勵人們透過公眾層面多作參與。我們的城市空間擴展不斷,公共場所為設計團隊帶來了各項挑戰,需要努力想出怎樣以不同方法設計全新的共享天地,讓人們可以在社區中細嚐咖啡、慢步放鬆或到公園散心。Cre­ative peo­ple ex­ist in ev­ery facet of so­ci­ety; chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo, ag­i­tat­ing for change and de­liv­er­ing the un­ex­pected. Artists, de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects have prac­tices that in­ter­sect so they are des­tined to work to­gether. 創意人才存在於社會各方,時時刻刻在挑戰現狀、激發改革、帶來意想不到的轉變。藝術家、設計師和建築師的工作範疇已不停重疊交錯,早註定要通力合作。

We love the chal­lenge of work­ing with other cre­atives on projects large and small. To de­liver the very best out­comes you need to in­ter­ro­gate the brief, en­gage in a dis­cus­sion, and prob­lem-solve through­out the de­sign-build process. Com­plex projects can­not be re­alised with­out an in­clu­sive and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach, and ide­ally at the other end we all cel­e­brate the fan­tas­tic out­come. 我們喜愛在大、小項目中上跟其他創作人士合作。要得出最好成果就一定要審視概要、參與討論,並在設計建構的過程中解決問題。繁複項目定要配合各方緊密合作,才能得出最佳成效。Art ab­so­lutely has a civic role to play in so­ci­ety – imag­ine New York with­out the Statue of Lib­erty, Chicago with­out Cloud Gate or Hong Kong's har­bour with­out Floren­tijn Hof­man’s Rub­ber Duck (al­beit for a mo­ment). Public art can sym­bol­ise a cul­ture, rein­vent a city, or in­spire mass cel­e­bra­tion. Hof­man’s whim­si­cal take on a child’s bath toy ap­peared joy­fully bob­bing on the world’s wa­ter­ways and con­nected with mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide. Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate re­branded Chicago and was a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth and ur­ban re­newal. Artist JR, who plas­ters over­sized graphic black and white im­ages through­out world cities, con­nects with and con­fronts lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties alike. Art and artists play an ever-in­creas­ing and im­por­tant role in mak­ing our cities hab­it­able. 藝術在社會中必然扮演公民角色,試想想沒有自由女神像的紐約、沒有雲門的芝加哥和沒有Floren­tijn Hof­man橡膠鴨的維港。公眾藝術象徵某一文化、重新演譯城市或引發大型隨後反應。Hof­man以玩味手法演繹兒童浸浴玩具,並為地球上多個水面注入喜悅,把千千萬萬的人拉在一起。Anish Kapoor的雲門重新為芝加哥定位,更成經濟增長和城市翻新的催化劑。藝術家JR專門在環球多個城市鋪上超巨型黑白色圖像,將本土居民和國際社區連成一線。藝術品和藝術家在我們居住環境中扮演著舉足輕重的角色。Shang­hai is fast be­com­ing one of Asia’s lead­ing cre­ative hubs; there are numer­ous gal­leries scat­tered through­out the city show­ing the very best of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists along with pri­vate col­lec­tors and foun­da­tions whose starchitect-de­signed spa­ces are pro­grammed with chal­leng­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing shows. With Dream­works An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio in­vest­ing 2.5 bil­lion and Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou re­cently an­nounc­ing a branch at West Bund, it’s hard not to ar­gue that Shang­hai is lead­ing the way. 上海是亞洲其中一個最具創造力的重心,城中各處均建藝廊,陳列當地及國際藝術家的精選作品,另外亦帶來私人收藏家珍藏和基金會、滿具挑戰和舉行引發深思展覽的星級建築設計空間。隨著夢工場的25億投資,以及西岸即將宣布建設的龐畢度中心,不難看出上海已走在創意動力之先。

01 01 Idris Khan's Wa­hat al Karama in Abu Dhabi Wa­hat al Karama was built to hon­our the UAE Armed Forces Daniel To­bin 02 03

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03 01 Tow Row by Judy Wat­son 02 Wa­hat al Karama 02 Kraken by Floren­tijn Hof­man

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