Pratiques urbaines

Spring / Summer 2001

[In French] L’art urbain fait d’abord et avant tout appel au public puisque le contexte social, et surtout l’individu, en sont la matière première. Ainsi, ce dossier propose de réfléchir sur les motivations des artistes qui prennent place dans le tissu urbain, celles-ci fluctuant au gré des différentes situations.



Current Issue


We now face a global water crisis. Warning signs are flashing everywhere about the increased desertification of the Earth, the industrial pollution of water resources, and the over-exploitation of aquifers. Faced with such a bleak portrait and the fact that environmental and humanitarian challenges are dependent on economic issues and interlinked policies, which are framed by complex laws, the influence of art is relatively modest. Nevertheless, alongside civic actions that we should actively do, artists can give back to water its symbolic and sacred value. Taking a poetical approach to water, the artists and theorists in this issue navigate between aesthetic forms, activist actions, and metaphor-rich analytical thinking. Adopting a resolutely critical perspective, the articles refer to artworks that try to raise awareness about water pollution and climate issues, envisage a restorative justice, and offer new horizons of hope.