Shifting the Paradigm The Groundworks Monongahela Conference A public exchange of international views on art, ecology and planning.

An invitation to artists, designers, planners, community activists, professionals and students to attend an international conference on art and cultural change.
October 15 and 16, 2005
at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery,
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The conference explored the following questions: Can artists create or manifest social change? Given the issues of scale, ecology and institutionalized planning, what is the artist’s role?

Artists from the US, Argentina, Austria, England, Germany, India, Japan and Senegal made short presentations in four topic areas: trails, parks, water planning and land planning. Each group ended with responses by elected officials, experts and activists, followed by audience discussion.

The keynote speaker was Tom Finkelpearl, author of “Dialogues in Public Art ” and director of the Queens Museum of Art. The closing summation was given by Grant Kester, author of “Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art.”

Artists and Presenters
Navjot Altaf, Christine Brill, Jackie Brookner, Tim Collins, Alma Du Solier, Stephanie Flom, Reiko Goto, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Ichi Ikeda, Amadou Kane Sy, Jonathan Kline, Suzanne Lacy, Connie and Tom Merriman, A. Laurie Palmer, Martina Reuter, Ann Rosenthal, Rafael Santos, Christoph Schäfer, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Diane Wittner

Conference Postion Papers

Admission to the conference was free but due to limited seating and the intent to distribute materials prior to the conference, registration with email and/or mailing address was required. Check-in began at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 15. The keynote address by Tom Finkelpearl began at 9:15 am. The approximate schedule for the each day’s program is 9:15 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5:30 on Sunday.

This international conference coincided with the Groundworks: Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art exhibition at the Miller Gallery, which ran October 14 – December 11, 2005. The conference was sponsored by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery with funds from Altria, Inc., The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, an arts research center, exists to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts science, technology, and the humanities, and impact local and global communities.

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery opened in January 2000 with the mission to support the creation, growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, projects, events and publications. The gallery aspires to engage diverse audiences, to create and strengthen communities through art, and to stimulate, provoke and encourage contemplation of the visual arts of our times. The Miller Gallery is free and open to the public. It is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage off Forbes Avenue and also in the Morewood Lot on weekends.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Check-in 8:30-9:00 Regina Gouger Miller Gallery
Keynote 9:15-10:15 Tom Finkelpearl,
Director of the Queens Museum of Art
10:15-10:45 Discussion with Grant Kester,
Groundworks curator,
art theorist and historian
Group One:
New Trails
11:00-11:25 Jackie Brookner, Stephanie Flom, Ann Rosenthal “McKeesport Trail Council” PA
11:30-11:55 Suzanne Lacy, Susan Leibovitz Steinman
“Landed: A Project for Elkhorn City”
12:00-12:30 Response from Hanah Hardy, PEC West
12:30-1:00 Mediated/Recorded Discussion
1:00-2:00 LUNCH on your own
Group Two:
New Parks
2:00-2:25 Christoph Schafer-Park Fiction, Hamburg Germany
2:30-2:55 Connie and Tom Merriman “Hays Woods” PA
3:00-3:25 A. Laurie Palmer “Oxygen Bar” PA
3:30-3:55 Alma Du Solier “Braddock” PA
4:00-4:30 Response from Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh
4:30-5:00 Mediated/Recorded Discussion

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Check-in 8:45-9:00 Regina Gouger Miller Gallery
Group 3:
Water Planning
9:00-9:20 Ichi Ikeda, Japan
9:25-9:45 Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison
“Braddock” PA
9:50-10:10 Navjot Altaf, India
10:15-10:35 Diane Wittner, PLATFORM, UK
10:40-11:00 3 Rivers 2nd Nature – PA
11:00-11:30 Response by Susan Golomb, Pgh City Planning, and Sally Ann Kluz, L-K Architects
11:30-12:00 Mediated/Recorded Discussion
12:00-1:00 LUNCH on your own
Group 4:
Land Planning
1:00-1:20 GroundZero Action Network – “Braddock” PA
1:25-1:45 Rafael Santos, Ala Plastica, Argentina
1:50-2:10 Martina Reuter, Wochenklausur, Austria
2:15-2:35 Amadou Kane Sy, Huit Facettes, Senegal
2:30-3:00 Response by Marita Roos, Andropogon Associates Ltd., and Kathryn Reed, Allegheny County
3:00-3:30  Mediated/Recorded Discussion
Closing Remarks 3:45-5:00 Grant Kester,
University of California, San Diego
“Change and a New Aesthetics”