Legal Limitations as a Creative Catalyst: Public Art & Air Rights

Nov. 30, 2012, 7-8PM at 555 Gallery and Studios, 2801 West Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI // Followed by drinks with Creative Rights at Donovan’s Pub.

Dec. 1, 2012, 7-8PM  at the Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor // Followed by drinks with Creative Rights at The Last Word 301 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

"Occurring somewhat regularly in most densely populated urban centers this absurd and beautifully immaterial process, (TFAR) Transfer of Air Rights,  is invisible to most of a city’s audience. We would like to change this by creating a work which reveals the poetic legal process which quietly structures the skylines and spaces which define our cities’ identities." -Untitled Collective

Starting this month, Creative Rights will host its first monthly talk focusing on a client or local artist’s working concept. These monthly events will happen on the last weekend of each month and will give participants the opportunity to engage with a creator’s concept as it is in the process of development. Afterward, Creative Rights invites our guests to go to a local bar with us and discuss art, community, design, law, and generally have a good time.

For the first installment of Creative Rights Monthlies, Untitled Collective, an artist group with members based in Los Angeles, Berlin and Vienna will present a project they are currently working on with Creative Rights which uses the transfer of Air Rights to generate a public art work at the architectural scale. Air Rights is a legal process which is defined by the difference between the actual size of a building and the maximum height allowed by existing zoning regulations, this unused air is then, under certain circumstances, auctioned or sold to nearby developments. The presentation and discussion will focus on viewing legal processes and regulations as a possible means for enabling artistic agency as well as discussing related forms of public art and its effectiveness in altering not only the physical characteristics of the contemporary built environment but its social uses as well.

Join us, at the end of this month to hear about Air Rights and Public Art, including a discussion about the future of public art funding in Ann Arbor and Detroit, based on public art legislation models around the country.