Public Works is a group of media artists devoted to a core set of ideas and working practices, among which are:
* making new works out of previously ‘finished’ works, thereby commenting on the nature of cultural production
* working with limited means and mainly ‘obsolete’ or otherwise ‘common’ technology; making work that in principle could be made by ‘anyone’
* undermining the attractive power of mass-produced works by bringing to the surface latent, often troubling, meanings within them
* making use of aggressive and strategic recontextualisation in order to examine how mass-produced works affect us and culture as a whole
Public Works is a close-knit group of varying membership. They have been producing music, films and videos, writings, publications, and works in other media since the late 1980s. Their activities draw inspiration from punk, d.i.y., neoism, mail art, zines, and more recently, the inherent (though increasingly threatened) open architectures of the internet and the world wide web.
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