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Platform for discussion 007

What is the future of arts infrastructures and audiences across North Africa and the Middle East?

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Responses

9 September 2014
Redha Moali

In a globalized and quite complex world we need 'tools' to help shape our societies. This is what art institutions could be: giant toolboxes!

29 July 2014
Paul Vandenbroeck

"Neither identification with an institution nor disengagement from an institution guarantees fluid, sensitive attitudes and openmindedness."

8 May 2014
Stéphanie Dadour

'I don't believe culture is nowadays negotiating social activity, political engagement and critical practices. Culture is following the forces of the market.'

8 May 2014
Youmna Chlala

'You can't draw desire, you have to walk it.'

8 May 2014
Sirine Fattouh

'By producing an idea of the future, art transgresses official history and produces its own reality.'

8 May 2014
Sherri Wasserman

'I suggest that we look at the past and present strengths of cultural organizations, which have always served social and informational purposes, regardless of region and time. It is in these two spheres that the future resides.'

8 May 2014
Nora Razian

'The future of arts looks promising, but it also risks looking stale if we're not too careful. I will concentrate here on what I think are important considerations in the shaping of spaces of encounter.'

8 May 2014
Judith Greer

'When one speaks of 'art infrastructures', it is crucial to recognize that infrastructures are, most importantly, people...and one of the most critical and urgent needs is for arts education.'

8 May 2014
Burak Arikan

'Better imagine now, rather than later.'

'The future of art infrastructures in the region is still very much determined by pre-existing cultural misconceptions applied to audiences... During the last four years in Cairo, I've witnessed in several occasions how part of the audience has been marginalized according to nationality, class, race or economic income.'

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Platform for discussion 009

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Platform for discussion 008

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Platform for discussion 006

What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history?

 

Platform for discussion 005

How has a globalised cultural economy affected the production of contemporary visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East?

 

Platform for discussion 004

With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?

 

Platform for discussion 003

Can Artistic Practices Negotiate the Demands of Cultural Institutions, Public Space, and Civil Society?

 

Platform for discussion 002

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Platform for discussion 001

What do we need to know about the MENA region today?