International Journal of Art & Design Education

Is there Still Life amongst the Ruins?

Volume 10.2   1991



We live in a world in which most mass culture is kitsch, much architecture dehumanizing, many cities destroyed as habitats, and the received notion of 'the artist' a miserable parody of alienation and helplessness. The process of fragmentation in society and in the individual has resulted in an inability to see, let alone solve, the problems which threaten our existence. Many of these problems are focused in what we call the environment, and specifically the built environment. Art that has simply been placed in public spaces has often been a victim of this fragmentation, contributing to the creation of alienating environments. An extension of the welcome signs over the past decade of a more collaborationist approach between artists, architects and others involved in planning is argued for, suggesting a more positive future.