Vol. 37, 2016, no. 1, Cultural Policies Agendas of Impact

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. 2 Editorial / Rosa te Velde & Steyn Bergs

p. 3 Introduction / Lara Garcia Diaz & Cristina Marques Moran

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. 56 Management of Distrust: Measuring and Monitoring in Policy making: Interview with Pascal Gielen

p. 62 Abstracts

*Extra* (online only): Andrew Hewitt, Art, it’s Publics and an Agenda of Impact: The UK Case