public space

A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people. Roads (including the pavement), public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. To a limited extent, government buildings which are open to the public, such as public libraries are public spaces, although they tend to have restricted areas and greater limits upon use. Although not considered public space, privately owned buildings or property visible from sidewalks and public thoroughfares may affect the public visual landscape, for example, by outdoor advertising. Recently, the concept of Shared space has been advanced to enhance the experience of pedestrians in public space jointly used by automobiles and other vehicles.

Public space has also become something of a touchstone for critical theory in relation to philosophy, (urban) geography, visual art, cultural studies, social studies and urban design. The term ‘public space’ is also often misconstrued to mean other things such as ‘gathering place’, which is an element of the larger concept of social space.

One of the earliest examples of public spaces are commons. For example, no fees or paid tickets are required for entry. Non-government-owned malls are examples of ‘private space’ with the appearance of being ‘public space’.

17. September 2021

Park camp 8

The eighth year of the summer workshop Park CAMP focuses on participatory and interactive art, art in the public space of the city park in Trebišov […]
19. April 2021

Re:index intermedia

Re:index is an intermedia project at the crossroads between sound and object installations linked with contemporary dance, fine arts, intervention into the public space and institutional […]
19. April 2021

CL!CR!

“On a global scale, climate change is going to have radical ecological, social, economic and political impact which will also affect our country in a dramatical […]
21. November 2019

Embroidered tower

The Christmas markets at Peace Square in Trenčín will start on 5 December 2019 with the arrival of St. Nicholas and will end on 22 December […]
2. November 2019

… is not a matter of course?

Did you hear from the elders about the amazing atmosphere of keying in 89’s? Or have you been yanking yourself? In the work of Pavel Soukal […]
2. November 2019

The Festival of Light and Shadow 2019 in Trnava

In 2019 the Festival of Light and Shadow is expanding from the public space of Banská Bystrica to “Little Rome” to Trnava. In Trnava’s environment, the […]
2. November 2019

The Festival of Light and Shadow 2019 in Banska Bystrica

The Festival of Light and Shadow will traditionally light up the public space of Banská Bystrica in 2019. The 5th year will present contemporary visual forms […]
10. September 2019

III. Gelnica Illuminations

We invite you to the third annual multi-genre festival Gelnica Illuminations. This year you can look forward to a varied program full of digital art, literature, […]
9. September 2019

Beast Porto: V4 Academy: Workshops on New Technologies

Visegrad Film Hub returns for its second edition within BEAST IFF 2019. This year, the V4 accademy takes a look at the new technologies and new […]
9. September 2019

Light Valmez 2019

A unique combination of video mapping, music and gastronomy – this is the 3rd edition of the Light Valmez festival. Festival from Wallachia, which collects one […]
31. August 2019

Digital graffiti in Trnava

Even graffiti on the Trnava Town Hall building, Peter Bročka, the Mayor of Trnava, is already looking forward to it. As a small tasting before the […]
25. August 2019

Mysterious Levoca 2019

Levoča summer is traditionally rich in cultural and social events. After the popular Levočská pilgrimage at the beginning of the summer holidays, locals, but not only […]
25. August 2019

Park camp 6

The Park CAMP workshop is the sixth edition currently focusing on Landart & Videoart. The project from the workshop Koniareň / space for contemporary art / […]
25. August 2019

Comenius Square comes alive

Comenius Square is a tiny joint behind the historic building of the Slovak National Theater, which OZ TRAKT in cooperation with the city of Bratislava modified […]
30. June 2019

Revived walls

Interactive light installations linking past and present. This is the project of the revitalized TRACT workshop. Nightly uncovering photographs from the archive from the 70-year history […]