[NetBehaviour] The strange tale of Rhizome and its Arts Council funding (better version)
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Oct 30 18:10:11 CET 2013
I have been thinking about this a lot today,
The article itself on emprica and the hacking was interesting. But I'm
not sure who this really serves.
We live in strange, horrible & difficult neo-liberal times - and if
anything happens that brings about possible forms of emancipation beyond
the branding of the more highly marketed, mainstream art culture
dominating this world, I'm happy with that - the more the merrier.
I do not know how it all went at the Barbican with Rhizome on the day. I
hope it all went well :-)
If we deconstruct too much what other individuals & groups are doing
without looking at the bigger picture, we are in danger of being
oppositional with the wrong things for the wrong reasons. And creating
the conditions of what the left (in the UK) used to do a lot, which was
pull each other down and lose sight of the greater issues that they
could collaborate on, and collectively critique.
I may have misgivings regarding Rhizome's past antics with its
relationship with its community in the early days, but I actually like
their current articles & not everyone should be the same as each other
Furtherfield also gets funding from the Arts Council and we are trying
to find other avenues of income to survive. I'm not going to have a go
at them, when we have been supported by them to do all the great stuff
Yes, the Arts Council did cut the arts, and it was sad to see groups
like Mute, Access Space & many others lose their funding - which I am
still unhappy about to this day. However, the motives behind these cuts
were imposed by the current libcondem government who through their shock
and awe strategy of blaming the people for the bankers crisis, decided
to hurt others with austerity cuts which is shameful, of course.
I would hate to be put in the position to deciding these things.
sometimes, we can view things too simply and react too quickly.
And I don't mean you Ana, I mean 'myself' & others.
wishing you well.
A living - breathing - thriving networked neighbourhood -
proud of free culture - claiming it with others ;)
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