Public Collection II assembles a series of images of art works culled from international television programming (TV series, commercials, variety shows, reality shows, soap operas, news reports). It is the second book in the series Public Collection by blisterZine and Arts & Sciences Projects.
Public Collection is based on the practice of appropriation (it is a collection of collections) and sets off a recognition process in the onlooker. What artwork is found in the scene? Who is the artist? Who does it belong to? The result is a further stratification of the reading and interpretation of the original artwork, which while featured once already on the screen, is thus further recontextualized in print. The most radical consequence of Public Collection is its questioning of exclusivity. The guiding principle in this project is that of diffusion; of making visible works of art often overlooked during the viewing experience. Public Collection celebrates the democratizing role of circulating imagery otherwise owned and controlled by a select few. The audience becomes broader and more diverse. Art thereby goes public.