Excerpt: challenge the sources of systemic pressure

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Sometimes such tensions create possibilities for significant change. …. For these efforts to be worthwhile, they need normative orientations that challenge the sources of systemic pressure. To resist hypercommercialization and performance fetishism, arts organizations need to maintain their communicative freedom, protected and supported by states that pursue public justice. To counteract exclusion and balkanization, such organizations need to give primacy to cross-cultural recognition, opening their governance and administration to the primary participants in cultural practices and embracing a civil-societal vision of solidarity. To recover from nostalgic pastiche and blind neomania, arts organizations need to recall the task of imaginative disclosure, asking anew what genuinely worthwhile participation in culture requires, and attending to a social economy and public sphere that create more that legal space for such participation.”

* Zuidervaart, Lambert. “Art in Public: Politics, Economics, and a Democratic Culture” p. 190. Cambridge University Press 2011.

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