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’.

9. March 2022

Takt bridge

Sound installation on the old railway bridge in Trencin The sound installation Takt, set in the environment of the old railway bridge in Trenčín, is a […]
9. March 2022

Fulla goodbye party performance

Fulla’s works are leaving their home after decades – the Ľudovít Fulla Gallery and Ružomberok. The current unsatisfactory state of disrepair of the gallery building does […]
9. March 2022

Snowflakes

Snowflakes adorn the pavements like tiny diamonds, but the joy is fleeting. To make this magic last longer, the TRAKT association in cooperation with the city […]
9. March 2022

Colours of sounds

Christmas time is a magical time where anything is possible – we can even see the sounds shine through. Such an experience has been prepared for […]
14. October 2021

Priestor 5

Priestor is a festival of music, dance, discussions, arts, theater and friendly gatherings of people of all ages, from all places. The places of the city […]
14. October 2021

In a new light

Festival IN A NEW LIGHT is a multigenre art festival the concept of which is an active connection of the past and the present, of movement […]
14. October 2021

Festival of lights and shadow 2021

The Festival of lights and shadow in the heart of Slovakia came into existence in 2015 on the occasion of the UN declaration of that year […]
14. October 2021

Weird Things Festival 2021

Weird things Festival is a cultural and multidisciplinary event of theater, fine arts, music, film and dance production of any type. The festival climaxes in Stará […]
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 […]