Funded by ArtPlace America, Drawing Lines is an artist-driven, community-based public project commissioned in response to Austin's historic political transformation in 2014 from an at-large city council to a district-representative model. Public City serves as the project curator/producer and is responsible for the curatorial direction, process and artist selection as well as the visual identity, communications and project documentation. Learn more about the project team, background and artists here.
At its core, Drawing Lines is an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. It's a project about process that examines the role of contemporary culture in the transition and transformation of place. The project explores how art itself, as a process, can be part of the conversation about Austin’s newly restructured political system and embeds artists within the foundation of a rapidly changing, ever-evolving city.
In 2012, the citizens of Austin initiated and voted for a new political system where city council members represent specific geographic districts, beginning with the November 2014 election. Exploring these citizen-driven yet prescribed boundaries of place, Drawing Lines embeds artists in each of the ten newly drawn districts to co-create a place-specific public project with the residents of the new districts. Ultimately, the ten district projects will come together in one citywide exhibition reflecting on the new 10-1 political structure and the dynamic cultural life of each of the districts and thus the city itself.
Public City builds teams of experts according to each project's specificities. This is the super stellar team brought together for Drawing Lines. We're humbled, everyday.
Pentagram is the world's largest independent design consultancy. The firm is owned and run by 19 partners, a group of friends who are all leaders in their individual creative fields. DJ Stout is the Austin partner, a sixth generation Texan born in the small West Texas town of Alpine and rooted in the importance and identity of place. Mariana Cano is the designer from the Pentagram team that developed the project identity.
Giant Noise is a modern PR firm that believes in the industry of interesting. Giant Noise is the public relations and social media team.
Dávid Lovas serves as the project's media designer and documentarian. An artist, filmmaker, composer, photographer and creative with many other incredible talents, Dávid is documenting the project's process start to finish.