Air Rights: revealing invisible quantities through invisible rules

“Occurring somewhat regularly in most densely populated U.S. urban areas this absurd and beautifully immaterial process, (TFAR) Transfer of Air Rights, is invisible to most of a city’s audience. We believe that these audience(s) deserve to see the legal structures which dictate the built environment and define our cities’ identities.” - Untitled Collective



01 / November 2012

Legal Limitations as a Creative Catalyst: Public Art & Air Rights

Nov. 30, 2012, 7-8PM at 555 Gallery and Studios, 2801 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI // Followed by drinks at Donovan’s Pub 3003 W. Vernor Hwy.,  Detroit

Dec. 01, 2012, 7-8PM at the Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor // Followed by drinks with Creative Rights at The Last Word 301 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

*Free & Open to the Public

For the first installment of Creative Rights MonthliesUntitled Collective, an artist group with members based in Los Angeles, Berlin and Vienna will present a project they are currently working on with Creative Rights which uses the Transfer of Air Rights to generate a public work of art. Air Rights, defined by the difference between the actual size of a building and the maximum height allowed by existing zoning regulations, are under certain circumstances auctioned, sold or traded to nearby developments to alter height restrictions. The collective’s presentation will focus on viewing legal regulations as a means for generating artistic agency as well as discussing related forms of public art.

Creative Rights will also discuss two of its ongoing public art-related projects: mapping the sanctioned and unsanctioned public art in the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit, and researching state and local arts funding laws in order to identify new potential arts funding avenues.