Offramp 18

Summer 2021


The public is not monolithic.

Publics are created, promoted, excluded, and denied - sharing a common name but unbalanced in practice. Publics are defined by positions of power.

Publics affirm consensus, relevance, and accessibility. Publics are homogenizing, idiosyncratic, and selective. Publics determine positions of power.

Publics emerge, submerge, coalesce, and disperse across places, platforms, cities, and territories. Publics require space.

Where are publics formed and what are the implications of making publics?


Carlo Sturken, James Chen, Matthew Ridgeway, Reza Salehi, Seymour Polatin, Valeria Ospital