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Artist Jochen Gerz Brings Lecture Series to a Close in Cork

The highly successful Creating a Cultural City Lecture Series in Cork draws to a close with a lecture by German public artist Jochen Gerz at Millennium Hall on Wednesday 1 November 2006.

The lecture series, presented by the Cork City Council Arts Office, sought to encourage an investigation into the role of culture in cities and the creative capacity of urban spaces. An impressive array of speakers have participated in the series since it was established in 2004, including Charles Landry, Constantin Chiriac, Franco Bianchini, Professor Sir Peter Hall and independent arts producer and co-founder of Lift, Lucy Neal.

Paris-based artist Jochen Gerz has an impressive track record of innovative public art projects. Currently working on ‘Amaptocare’, a major public art project commissioned by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, Jochen Gerz is noted for his unique approach to engaging public participation in the creative process; acting as artist/catalyst in the initiation of public art projects which come to fruition through public participation, teamwork and extensive consultation and collaboration between artist, viewers, planners, architects, councillors and engineers.

In Cork he will discuss this process of “public authorship” and highlight other current projects, along with some of his past works, including ‘Monument against Fascism’ (Hamburg) and ‘The Living Monument of Biron’.

The lecture by Jochen Gerz is the second of two lectures in October, presented by the Cork City Council Arts Office with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Avant-garde architect Will Alsop also speaks in Cork as part of the Series on Tuesday 17 October. Admission to both lectures is free. Further information is available from The Arts Office, Cork City Council on 021 492 4298 or via email at


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