Valeurs de la culture

Le monde d’aujourd’hui ne pense qu’à mesurer l’impact de chaque activité publique (subventionnée). Votre projet présuppose-t-il qu’il faille dépenser de l’argent public ? Si oui, soyez prêt à justifier sa valeur avec des nombres et des faits concrets à l’appui.

Même si de nombreuses études ont révélé que la culture influençait fortement la création d’emplois et la croissance économique, il est difficile de quantifier l’impact intangible des arts.

 

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23-year-old Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha has been held by the Israeli military without any contact with his family since late last year. He hasn’t been charged with a crime and the authorities refuse to give a reason for his detention.
Cultural matters are integral parts of the lives we lead. If development can be seen as enhancement of our living standards, then efforts geared to development can hardly ignore the world of culture.
While during the communist period, artists in Eastern Europe may have been restricted by ideology, today, it is the market that in fact constricts them, as they struggle to eke out an existence as creative labourers. While by no means free, performance and participatory art is perhaps attractive to artists seeking to address these issues because if they have to rely only on their own bodies, they usually find that they can.
"What does the deregulated, privatized economy possibly have to offer artists? For anyone who believes artistic representation preserves, or should preserve, an impulse for freedom and a degree of social dissent, the very possibility of a détente between artists and neoliberalism must be greeted with alarm.
"Institutions today are more opaque, more exclusive, and they share objectives intrinsically linked to corporate, neoliberal agendas (to the point that those agendas have become invisible). Cultural institutions are the administrative organs of the dominant order, and cultural producers actively contribute to the transmission of free market ideology across all aspects of our lives."
Even - indeed, especially - in the painful and complex context of the fight against terrorism, democratic societies should never renounce their own ideals.
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Two puppeteers in Spain have reportedly been jailed, charged with “glorifying terrorism” during a children’s show in Madrid. Alfonso Lazaro de la Fuente and Raul Garcia Perez were arrested after staging a show featuring the hanging of an effigy of a judge, the stabbing of a nun with a crucifix and several police beatings, according to reports. Sign the petition that calls for the immediate release of the two Spanish puppeteers (only available in Spanish).
The Middle East Institute co-hosted a panel discussion exploring the value and impact of the arts in conflict zones. The panel was organized with the Media Lounge at the College Art Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Ai closed his exhibition Ruptures at Denmark’s Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen, in protest at a new law that allows Danish authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers. “The way I can protest is that I can withdraw my works from that country. It is very simple, very symbolic – I cannot co-exist, I cannot stand in front of these people, and see these policies. It is a personal act, very simple; an artist trying not just to watch events but to act, and I made this decision spontaneously.”
He had gone “from being an artist who makes things, to being an artist who makes things happen.” Is political art becoming a restrictive term?

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