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Cyberkaris nº 138 - September 2014
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Cyberkaris is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Interarts Foundation for all those interested in news and happenings in the field of international cultural policies and cultural cooperation.
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newsletter In 1845 Marx and Engels predicted in The German Ideology that a communist society would have no painters but men (women too?) who, among other things, would paint. I do not know how close to their prophecies on communism we currently are. Nevertheless, and as far as the extinction of the artists is concerned, it seems they were absolutely right, although because of radically different reasons from the ones they formulated in the past. According to a survey recently conducted by the National Council of Arts and Culture in Catalonia (CoNCA) among professionals from different artistic sectors in the country, 25% of Catalan creators earn under 6,000 € per year. And only 16% of them exceeds € 25,000 per year. A 48% affirms that more than half of their income is not from an artistic activity and only 39% of them make a living of the artistic world. If the threshold of poverty in Spain is around € 8,000 annual income, then it means that almost 30% of the artists are technically poor.

Certainly, and as a fair reply, I might be told that the definition of artist is as thorny as imprecise, that the craving for not only prestige, but also for fame or even glory, has always bordered an undisputed Darwinism: many are risking everything in order to be one of the few chosen. Or even that it is the result of some new profiles based on the paradigm of cultural entrepreneurship. The truth is the crisis has greatly exacerbated the problem, especially in a country like Spain, where the VAT on cultural products and services, irresponsibly increased to 21% since 2012, has had indisputable perverse effects. In the field of visual arts, collectors refused to acquire artworks in the most expensive country in Europe. And in the field of live arts, in order to avoid the raise of ticket prices, this added cost has been internalized by further reducing the professionals' fees. Before long, all professionals within a show will be intermittent workers.

In 1961, Piero Manzoni produced 90 cans filled with 30 grams of their faeces in each one, naming the piece as Artist's Shit. The starting price was set as a reference according to the cost of a gram of gold, and since then its value has continuously increased. As Duchamp's urinal (Fontaine, 1917) or Damien Hirst's skull incrusted with diamonds (For the Love of God, 2007), the art piece intends to be a scathing critique to speculation in the art market. If people in the theater field has traditionally said "Merde!" (In French), "Molta merda!" (in Catalan) or "Break a leg!" (in English) before going on stage, the performances professionals may need from now on to seriously consider blood transfusions, organ trafficking or the sale of their faeces as a form of subsistence.

Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Foundation Interarts
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newsletter New EENC reports: mobility of artists and trends in public funding for culture in the EU newsletter
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newsletter interarts The European Expert Network on Culture EENC has recently published two new reports in English. The first one is an analysis of the mobility of artists within the European Union (EU) and administrative practices in social security and taxation related to this mobility. The document was commissioned to On the Move and its authors are Demartin M. Le Sourd and E. Di Federico, from On The Move; in collaboration with A. Debaere and T. Perez, from PEARLE*. The second one examines the main trends in public funding for culture in the EU Member States, based on an analysis of the public spending statistics in recent years. This report has been prepared by V. Copic, P. Inkei, A. Kangas and A. Srakar, with the support of Interarts in research and editing. Both studies available on the website of EENC, have been requested by the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission to the EENC, a network coordinated by Interarts and Culture Action Europe. newsletter
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newsletter interarts One of the activities within the She-Culture project, in which Interarts collaborates, has been the development of 5 audiovisual productions on the issue of the genderization of toys to illustrate how these contribute to strengthening or to overcome traditional stereotypes regarding gender roles. The production took place from 25 June to 1 July in Barcelona and was coordinated by the Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison, La Bonne. The selected artists, one from each country involved in the project, were Teresa Sala (Italy), Maria Romero and Raquel Marques (Spain), Sine Vadstrup (Denmark), Berit Steenstrupm (Norway) and Erenik Beqiri (Albania). The resulting material, currently in the post-production stage, will be screened at the next She-Culture meeting that will be held in Barcelona during October 2014. A shooting diary is available on the project's Facebook site. She-Culture is a project led by ECCOM-European Centre for Cultural Organisation and Management, funded by the EU Culture Programme. (Photo: Sara Curina). newsletter
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newsletter The project DECIDES ESPAÑA begins newsletter
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newsletter interarts Interarts, in the framework of its Program DECIDES (Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development) and in cooperation with Vall d'Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR) has launched this project the full title of which is "DECIDES ESPAÑA-for a more equitable access to and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights in Spain". Inspired by the lessons learned through cultural cooperation projects for development, this initiative is set in a context of increasing cultural diversity in the country. Its main beneficiaries are young women and women of migrant origin and it aims at improving access to and quality of health services and to counteracting gender violence through cultural factors. The project is funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants) which supports projects contributing to the reduction of economic and social inequalities, and to strengthening the relationships between donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and beneficiary states (17 EU Member States). The Plataforma de ONG de Acción Social is the Operating Agency of the Programa de Ciudadanía Activa (Active Citizenship Programme) which is endowed with EUR 4.6 million for the strengthening of NGOs and their contribution to social justice and sustainable development. Follow the Ciudadanía Activa program on Twitter (@Ciudadania_Act #CiudadaníaActiva) and Facebook: Programa de Ciudadanía Activa. newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 9 to 11 October, Culture Action Europe (CAE) will hold in Newcastle-Gateshead, UK, its Annual Meeting, open to the participation of its members, and an International Conference entitled "Beyond the obvious" open to cultural professionals and people interested in exploring the future of European cultural environment. Both events aim at strengthening the cultural sector and enhancing its contribution to social and economic regeneration of Europe. Culture Action Europe leads a cohesive civil movement to place culture at the heart of a new model of Europe. Interarts, chair of the Executive Committee of CAE since 2008, offers to provide information and facilitate the process of affiliation to any organization and individual professional interested in an taking active part in this cultural platform. newsletter
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newsletter Eduard Miralles, President of the Board of Interarts, has participated in the workshop "International action for an attractive city". The event offered a general framework and meaningful good practices regarding the role of culture in the processes of urban development. The workshop was held in Lima, Peru, during the first week of September, in the framework of the AL-Las "Alianza euro-latinoamericana de cooperación entre ciudades" project coordinated by Mexico City funded by the European Union. The workshop results will be published in a specific thematic notebook. More info. newsletter
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newsletter Balady: a tribute to the oriental dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina newsletter
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newsletter interarts The documentary Balady will be featured at an event wholly dedicated to oriental dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 28 September. The event will begin with a dance performance, followed by the screening of the documentary and a symposium. The organizers, Maria de los Angeles País and Yesica María Carmona, both professional dancers and teachers, want to render tribute this artistic expression and promote a reflection on the role of women in modern societies and cultural archetypes. These issues are addressed in "Balady" a Spanish-Egyptian co-production by Interarts and Hassala Films, which features Emilie Vidal as a producer and Donia Maher as its director. The documentary was prepared in the framework of the project "Balady, and insight on our society from a cultural and a gender perspective", supported by the Tandem / SHAML program of the European Cultural Foundation, MitOst, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, Anadolu Kültür, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the DOEN Foundation and Mimeta. newsletter
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newsletter UNAIDS Red Ribbon Awards 2014 newsletter
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newsletter At the International AIDS Conference held during last July in Melbourne, Australia, UNAIDS awarded ten community organizations for their work against HIV / AIDS. NGOs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Nepal, Ukraine and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) all received awards in the five categories listed: prevention of health diseases sexually transmitted; prevention among/by drug addicts; treatment, care and support; advocacy and human rights; prevention of new HIV infections among children, mothers' subsistence and women's health. Interarts would like to congratulate the winners for their outstanding work in this field and one on which Interarts works through its Program DECIDES (Cultural Rights to Promote Health and Development). More information. newsletter
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newsletter Factorial Barcelona. International Meeting of Arts Factories: enrollment period open newsletter
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newsletter The Institute of Culture of the City of Barcelona (ICUB) will organize the International Meeting of Art Factories, Factorial Barcelona from 29 to 31 October in Barcelona. The event aims at becoming a regular meeting point for debate and exchange of art factories in Europe. This first edition has been prepared with the collaboration of the Barcelona network of art factories and of Interarts. Factorial Barcelona will showcase examples of existing art factories and it expects to support the further development of existing networks. Governance, mobility, social return, infrastructures, finance and communication are some of the issues that will be discussed throughout the Meeting, in both plenary sessions and workshops; these have been conceived as working sessions from which concrete working and policy proposals should be put forward. Program and registration forms are available at the conference website. newsletter
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newsletter First international edition SAM - Strategic Arts Management Master Class: Call for Proposals newsletter
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newsletter On 23 and 24 October, Impact Hub Barcelona will hold the first international edition of the Master Class on Strategic Arts Management (SAM, for its acronym in English). Mercedes Giovinazzo, director of Interarts will participate as a speaker. The course will address international strategies and actions for the creative and cultural sectors and provide participants with skills and tools to plan and implement an effective project development strategy. The organizers -Tools for Culture, Monti & Taft and Impact Hub Barcelona- invite professionals, researchers and academics to submit papers on cross-cutting research on the relationship between local creativity and international markets. The three selected papers will receive a full or partial grant to attend the Master Class. Proposals can be submitted until September 15, 2014. More information. newsletter
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newsletter The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra 2015, one of Europe's most prestigious awards in the heritage field, welcomes the proposals from any country taking part in the European Commission's Creative Europe programme. Up to of 30 outstanding original and innovative projects and initiatives will be selected for awards in the following categories: Conservation; Research and Digitization; Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations; and Education, Training and Awareness-Raising. The call, open until October 15, 2014, is addressed to architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media. newsletter
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newsletter In December the city of Carrara, Italy, will host an International Conference on performing arts, multimedia arts and arts management. The event will bring together practitioners and researchers from different countries and will promote networking and exchange of experience and knowledge in contemporary performing arts education and training, rehearsal process and performance practice. Registration is already open for performing arts academics, arts educators and teachers, performers, theater directors, dancers and choreographers, arts administrators and producers, musicians, stage and costume designers, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, theater critics and arts journalists. More information. newsletter
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newsletter The Faculty of Education of the University of Cantabria, with the collaboration of the Botin Foundation, has launched a call for the fourth edition of the International Campus of Excellence. The course aims at improving the classroom skills and competences of future teachers through the development of both their emotional and social intelligence as well as that of their students. It also fosters the pursuit and enhancement of creative talent. The Campus will take place between October 2014 and September 2015 and courses taught by outstanding national and international experts. More information. newsletter
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newsletter The KAMS-Korea Arts Management Service online magazine TheApro has recently published an article on cultural cooperation between this Asian country and the EU. Written by Marie Le Sourd, secretary general of On the Move, the article summarizes the content of the report published in 2013 by the European Expert Network on Culture EENC. The report was prepared by Le Sourd and Elena Di Federico, both from on On the Move and by Dr. Sung-Won Yoon from the University of Suwon, South Korea. It mapped the situation of Korea-EU cultural exchanges and presented the existent policies and frameworks for cooperation. The article recently released collects and updates the main issues from the EENC report, especially as regards the issue of culture in EU external relations. The EENC is coordinated by Culture Action Europe and Interarts. newsletter
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newsletter In 2014 Agenda 21 for Culture, promoted by the Culture Committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), celebrates its tenth anniversary. With the aim to capitalize on the knowledge accumulated on the issue of culture and sustainable local development, it has recently launched a "god practices" database available online. The projects presented have been selected on the basis of criteria such as innovation, participation, sustainability, efficiency, transversality and reproducibility. The World music center of Aarhus (Denmark), the World city forum of Milano (Italy), the Ha long ecomuseum (Vietnam) and the Emilio Balcarce tango orchestra school in Buenos Aires (Argentina) are some of the good practices included in the database. UCLG now invites other cities to share their experiences through the database. newsletter
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newsletter In the framework of the Spain in Japan and Japan in Spain Year 2013-2014, the MOT-Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, hosted an exhibition of selected works by contemporary Spanish artists, or artists living in Spain, belonging to the MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León, Spain) collection. The exhibit included works by creators of different generations, under the common denominator of the social role of the artist. Hikari Odaka fom MOT, with the collaboration of Acción Cultural Española and MUSAC, edited a Japanese-English bilingual publication. newsletter
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newsletter interarts The Cultural Management Program of the University of Barcelona has recently created Profestival.net. This website provides information on cultural festivals held both nationally and internationally. Over 1,200 events have already been included. The website includes a finder and a geolocator map to facilitate identification of the events. Profestival.net also offers an online service to facilitate collaboration and contact between users: organizers, professionals and the general public. The site, managed by the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Institute of Culture of the City of Barcelona and IBERTUR, a heritage, tourism and sustainable development network. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Digital art is featured by Espacio Byte, an online museum accessible to users at any time. This Argentinian initiative offers a unique space for computational art practices. The temporary exhibition, "Escuchas visuales. Una experiencia sinestésica", currently shows art works featuring interaction between image and sound. Espacio Byte also provides information on news within this sector and collaborates with the Arts, Science and Technology ArCiTec contest, organized by the National Technological University (UTN) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. newsletter
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newsletter interarts Presses Universitaires de Grenoble (PUG), France, recently published an analysis of the creative industries. Its full title is "The industrialization of symbolic goods. Creative industries in the light of cultural industries". Its authors-Bernard Miège, Philippe Bouquillion and Moeglin Pierre-tackle the issue taking cultural industries and the media as a model, as these are their areas of expertise. Through this approach, they try to understand the creative industries, highlighting the three paradigms that, based on their criteria, play a key role in the current changes: convergence, collaboration and creation. The publication is available in the PUG website. newsletter
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newsletter Document ''The Power of Culture in Reconciliation in the Ukraine Crisis'' newsletter
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newsletter "More Europe-Cultural external relations" is a civil society initiative that advocates to position culture, one of the strongest assets for Europe, and cultural relations at the heart of the European Union's (EU) external affairs. It recently commissioned a study on the power of culture as a tool for reconciliation in the context of the crisis in Ukraine. The coordinator of the document is Dr. Olga Burlyuk, an Assistant Professor at the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The report contains numerous comments and suggestions from experts from both countries involved, Russia and Ukraine, as well as from other European countries: United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. newsletter
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newsletter Habanarte (La Habana, Cuba, 11-21 September 2014) newsletter
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newsletter interarts From 11 to 21 September in Havana, Cuba, "Todo el arte de una vez" brings together the major Cuban artistic expressions in the framework of the festival Habanarte. Visual and performing arts, music, crafts, literature, circus will be featured along with shows, concerts, crafts and discography fairs. The program also includes workshops, lectures, master classes and visits to cultural community projects, historic sites and museums. Nearly a thousand artists, among which are some as prestigious as the components of the National Ballet of Cuba, participate in this first edition of Habanarte, the largest arts festival in the country, organized with the support of the Cuban Ministry of Culture. newsletter
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newsletter ENCATC Annual Conference (Brno, Czech Republic, 17-18 September 2014) newsletter
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newsletter The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC) will organize its Annual Conference in the city of Brno, from 17 to 19 September. Under the title "New Challenges for the arts and culture: is it just about money? Social, aesthetic and economic aspects of arts management in the public and private sectors", the conference is meant to generate a debate about the current status of the cultural sector, deeply affected by the socio-economic crisis, in order to inspire innovative thinking in cultural management both in the public and private sector, and to generate new alternatives. The event will also include a number of interactive seminars and study visits to leading cultural organizations based in Brno. newsletter
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newsletter XV Annual Assembly Spanish Network and Intra-network Joint Action Anna Lindh Foundation (Madrid, 18-19 September 2014) newsletter
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newsletter On 18 and 19 September, the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation (FAL) will hold two important events at the headquarters of Casa Arabe in Madrid. The first event, the XV Annual Meeting of the organization, will assess the activities carried out so far and the 2015-2017 Work Plan. The second activity is the Joint Action of the FAL's Spanish Network, during which the attendees will attend two training and capacitation workshops, one of them on improvements in networking process and the other one on new fundraising strategies. Interarts is part of this network and its president, Eduard Miralles, will participate in the planned events. newsletter
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newsletter ''Arts and Audiences'' Conference (Reykjavik, Iceland, 20-21 October 2014) newsletter
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newsletter interarts In October, the "Arts and Audiences. Digital at the Arts" conference will take place in Reykjavik. The event is held in the context of a cultural and artistic sector transformed by the digital environment and in which the audience becomes the co-creator. Ccultural leaders, artists, art directors, curators, producers, trainers, communication managers, architects, cultural strategists and other professionals in the Nordic cultural sector, will discuss how they have adapted to the new environment, what role does interactive technology play in the production and artistic programming and which new ways can be adopted to broaden audience participation. The event is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and organized by the Danish Centre for Arts and Interculture-CKI. newsletter
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newsletter Hildesheim and Berlin, Germany, 9-13 September 2014. See Cyberkaris 137, July 2014. newsletter
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newsletter Cyberkaris, the monthly electronic newsletter of Interarts, is intended for all those interested in receiving updated information on international cultural policies and cultural cooperation. Available in four languages -Catalan, Spanish, French and English- it is sent to over 6.000 subscribers all over the world as the main communication tool of the organization alongside its webpage www.interarts.net. Founded in 1995 Interarts is a private agency with international projection, the aim of which is to advise in the design of cultural policies, to contribute to development through the cultural sector and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information in the field of culture. Interarts operates mainly in the field of cultural policies and cultural co-operation and its objective is to foster the inclusion of a cultural element in all projects concerning human development. With headquarters in Barcelona Interarts carries out its activities in cooperation with public and private entities and has a wide experience in cultural cooperation projects both at national and international levels. newsletter
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