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Launch Event: Kunstlicht’s ‘Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact’
Hosted by: Kunstlicht at Framer Framed
Date & Time: 13 September, 19.00-22.00h
Admission: Free. Please bring cash to purchase our latest issue (€ 9) or back issues.
On the 13th of September, Kunstlicht will present its latest issue entitled, ‘Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact’, edited in collaboration with Lara Garcia Diaz and Cristina Marques. The launch event, hosted by Framer Framed, will feature a full program in relation to the theme of the issue, and will culminate with a hosted debate on cultural policies and funding programmes such as The Art of Impact.
The Art of Impact was launched at the end of 2014 by the Dutch Ministry of Culture (OCW) as a temporary funding programme for arts and culture. The programme intends to support artist-initiated projects that have a distinct ‘impact’ on society. Ideologically, The Art of Impact steers away from characterizations of the arts as a left-wing hobby, to rebrand the arts instead as a tool of intervention and engagement with society.
Kunstlicht finds it essential to initiate a debate about such arts funding policies. We want to question the implicit agenda of cultural policies that ultimately use creativity and innovation to fuel neoliberal aims and discourse. This topic surfaced earlier this summer during the debate we organized in relation to the closing of the SMBA. At Framer Framed, we would like to use our issue launch event to continue this debate and offer various perspectives.
The evening will consist of presentations by Bram Ieven and Ruben Pater, a moderated debate with Ieven and Pater; a performance by Angela Bartholomew, and a public discussion. Of course, our latest issue, as well as back issues, will be available for purchase during this event.
Bram Ieven lectures on Dutch Literature and Culture at the University of Leiden. He is working on a book about De Stijl. Furthermore, he studies historical figures of Dutch Communism, such as Anton Pannekoek and Herman Gorter, as well as the relationship between Dutch culture and globalization.
Ruben Pater is a graphic designer and lecturer at various design academies in the Netherlands. Under the name Untold Stories (www.untold-stories.net) Ruben Pater creates visual narratives about geopolitical issues. His book The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication (2016) addresses the responsibilities of designers in a cross-cultural society.
Sven Lütticken is an art historian and critic. He teaches at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His recent books include History in Motion: Time in the Age of the Moving Image (2013) and Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Contemporary Spectacle (2009).
‘Save the Arts: They’re Inherently Valuable … and they’re also what’s Going to Get Us Out of This Economic Problem We’re In’, by Angela Bartholomew
Angela is a PhD candidate in the art history department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is writing her dissertation on various artistic strategies utilized by artists in the 1980s and 1990s to navigate the strictures of an increasingly mediatized and market-driven art field. Parallel to her academic studies, Angela conducts performance lectures on the danger of qualifying art by its socially viable functionality.
With increasing frequency over the years, artists have been testing the nature and strength of the agreements between bodies – agreements that have been formed (or deformed) by attempts to communicate. Connecting the tail of 2016 to the head of 2017 with an issue on artistic approaches to translation affirms our faith in the necessity of a practice that persistently attempts to communicate across languages, disciplines, generations, and ideologies.
Constructed Identities takes you on a trip through Europe and a little beyond — a journey through space, as well as time. The issue (edited by Rosa te Velde) explores a selection of case studies to consider the selective uses of history in heritage, and it puts forth alternative approaches to question established definitions of identity. Featuring articles by Lila Athanasiadou, Isa Fahrenholz and Svenja Binz, Abla elBahrawy, Arna Mackic, Katinka de Jonge, and interviews with Jennifer Tosch and Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Artworks by Guy Köningstein, and on the cover a drawing by the Georgian artist Lado Darakhvelidze.
At the end of 2014, the Dutch Ministry of Culture (OCW) announced a new Art and Culture public fund, The Art of Impact, designating seven million euro to support art projects that have a distinct impact on society. With this programme, the policy of austerity initiated by the minister of culture (Halbe Zijlstra) entered a new phase. Ideologically, it shifts away from discrediting the arts as a left-wing hobby towards rendering the arts as a tool of intervention and engagement with society. What does it mean to attribute to the artists, designers and art institutions the social, economical and political responsibility of changing and improving the world? This issue delves into the historical grounds and present implications of arts and culture funding policies and programmes in the Netherlands and beyond.
Table of Contents Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact
p. 9 Opbouw als afbraak: Over democratisering als
vanishing mediator in het huidige kunstenbeleid / Bram Ieven
p. 9 Destructive Construction: Democratization
as a Vanishing Mediator in current Dutch art policy / Bram Ieven
p. 17 The Art of Impact: Aspirin for Amputation / Steven ten Thije
p. 20 The Art of Impact Programme: Interview with Tabo Goudswaard and Michiel Munnike
p. 25 Agents or Objects of Discontinuous Change? Blairite Britain and the Role of the Culturepreneur / Josephine Berry
p. 37 Ends of Art: From Nul to Bijl / Sven Lütticken
p. 45 Value is an Ambigious Hyperobject / Market for Immaterial Value & Steyn Bergs
p. 50 Putting Ourselves at Risk in Public: Interview with Jeanne van Heeswijk
p. 62 Abstracts
*Extra* (online only): Andrew Hewitt, Art, it’s Publics and an Agenda of Impact: The UK Case
Table of Contents Persona Perform Present
p. 16 A Mannerist Masquerade: Agnolo Bronzino, Style and Artificiality / Chris Askholt Hammeken
p. 30 Salvador Dalí’s Political Enigma: Building a Persona under Franco / Anna Schuer McCoy
p. 53 The Artist-Hero Takes a Bath: Domesticating the Myth of the Artist in polke/richter richter/polke (1966) / Olivia Tait
p. 74 Persona and Paradox in Federica Marangoni’s Performances, 1975-1979 / Kelley Tialiou
p. 92 Masquerade: On Public Personae in a Video Installation by Vermeir & Heiremans / Steyn Bergs & Jesse van Winden
p. 107 Template / Karolin Meunier
p. 115 Saint Damien Hirst / Mark Rawlinson & Szu Shen Wong
p. 128 Abstracts