Lectoraat Art & Public Space
Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS) stimulates research into and theoretical reflection on the role of art and design in the public domain. The research group is the result of a partnership between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Sandberg Instituut, the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Foundation for Art in Public Domain (SKOR) and the Virtueel Museum Zuidas (or VMZ).
LAPS stimulates reflection on art and public space in the broadest sense by conducting research, organising lectures, expert meetings and conferences, and by commissioning research from visual artists and designers. Initially, these activities concentrated on the Amsterdam Zuidas area, supported by the VMZ and SKOR; in the meantime, the research has extended to other parts of the city, other parts of the country, and has broadened to include issues relating to the public domain and the role of art and design in general. Within this context, LAPS increasingly functions as a knowledge centre that undertakes critical research into the developments of art in public space, in partnership with and commissioned by other parties.
Within the GRA and SI, LAPS builds a ‘knowledge network’ that coordinates and discusses research into art and public space conducted by lecturers affiliated to the academy and external experts. LAPS sets up education projects to engage groups of students in exploring theoretical concepts and reflections relating to the research being undertaken. LAPS also focuses on expanding and consolidating the teaching of critical theory at the academy in general.