Presentation on theme: "Dangerous Ground: Reframing Cultural Value Manchester event, Castlefield Gallery 18 th February 2013 #dangerousground & #culturalvalue."— Presentation transcript:
Dangerous Ground: Reframing Cultural Value Manchester event, Castlefield Gallery 18 th February 2013 #dangerousground & #culturalvalue
Dangerous Ground: Context setting intro by Ele Belfiore Cultural value as key issue for the sector: Values represent our guiding principles: our broadest motivations, influencing the attitudes we hold and how we act (http://valuesandframes.org/handbook/1-why-values-matter/).http://valuesandframes.org/handbook/1-why-values-matter/ What is cultural policy? If policy is just the final distillation of struggles of over cultural politics, how can we have a more interesting (and political!) debate around the role and value of the arts & culture, and how can we ensure wider, active, shaping participation in it, so that cultural policy is not something that is done to the sector?
Why cultural value? A topical issue that is here to stay – possibly the defining debate for the years to come? A way out of the instrumental/intrinsic value dichotomy? A way to re-inject cultural politics into cultural policy research (cultural authority) – e.g.: whose cultural value(s)? Allows research to move beyond the obsession with technical problems (e.g. impact toolkit mania) to more philosophical, political, ethical ones about the kind of society we want to live in (and the place of arts and culture within it)
Reframing Cultural value: towards a possible approach Challenging the predominance of the economic rhetoric Questioning the values at the root of the arts funding system: The funding system itself an interesting case of cultural value in operation - Key publicly funded organisations cultural authority is rooted in their perceived/unchallenged cultural value BUT: How to broaden the debate to those cultural policy is meant to benefit: artists & creative practitioners and the public? How to broaden the debate beyond a focus on policy? Need for a collaborative agenda
The #culturalvalue Initiative www.culturalvalueinitiative.org A curated blog, resource, debate arena & meeting place for different perspectives… As part of the initiative: Plans to develop an AHRC international network bid A 2-day workshop in June 2012: the start of a collaboration with A-N and Mission Models Money The Dangerous Ground project
What we hope to achieve today To capture some of the ideas around cultural value that artists have developed based on their own practice To help articulate the contribution that artists make to the value debate and think of ways in which that contribution can be made to feed more consistently in broader political and policy debates on cultural value Explore possibilities for further collaboration on the theme of cultural value: Do you want to help us try to develop a new model of cultural policy/politics?
What Dangerous Ground hopes to achieve To develop a collaborative, diverse network of individuals committed to explore the dangerous ground of cultural value To disrupt the status quo, develop new thinking and a new vision in order to reframe cultural value for our times To build a new cultural politics that emphasise the potential of the arts and culture to create a fairer, more liveable world
Some questions for you (are they the right ones?) 1)What do we mean when we talk about cultural value? Is it something singular, homogeneous and existing out there that just needs to be captured and articulated? If not, whose cultural value are we referring to?
Some questions for you (are they the right ones?) 2)Is there a gap between the public language of cultural value (in cultural policy debates, in the rhetoric of government or funding bodies) and the private language of value that you use to explain to yourself and your peers the nature and purpose of your practice?
Some questions for you (are they the right ones?) 3) In what ways would you like your work to be valued and how would these ways help you develop your practice, deepen its impact and enable you to have a more sustainable livelihood?
Some questions for you (are they the right ones?) 4)Does the current interest around matters of cultural value offer an opportunity for a strong vision for the future by the cultural and creative sector for the cultural and creative sector beyond narrow preoccupations with the next funding cycle? How could this be achieved?