[spectre] New Media Art Organisations in Netherlands lose funding
a.ludovico at neural.it
Wed Jun 15 11:38:10 CEST 2011
And then what about joining forces with the UK affected institutions,
trying to make a shared court challenge, or two simultaneously?
I'm not an expert too, but it seems more and more urgent to plan
>this may sound somewhat naive, but given that the organisations
>involved are not exactly 'fly-by-night' speculative or frivolous
>instances, but are historically significant parts of the Dutch,
>European and broader and international cultural, political,
>educational, academic and scientific landscapes, i.e. institutions
>of major significant cultural and national heritage, that perhaps
>this is an issue that needs to be taken up by a court challenge at
>the European level, either at the European Court of Human Rights or
>the European Court of Justice. It's not necessarily so that national
>governments have either the right, the mandate or the power to
>disproportionately or unreasonably erase such significant portions
>of their own cultural identity.
>any legal experts with relevant experience/insight among the ranks
>of the spectrites?
>On 14.06.2011, at 20:15, Andreas Broeckmann wrote:
>> Last Friday the new policy plans of the new Minister were
>>announced and published and they are very dramatic in general for
>>the whole field of art and culture in The Netherlands. On the PNEK
>>list it was announced as:
>> New Media Art Organisations in Netherlands lose funding.
>> The Dutch New Media Art Organisations Steim, De Waag, Mediamatic,
>>V2 & NIMK are about to lose all their funding.
>> The Dutch secretary of state for Culture in the Netherlands, Halbe
>>Zijlstra, has published his policy plan for coming years. In
>>contrast to the official recommendations given to him by the
>>Culture Advisory Board, the cutbacks will not be spread out over a
>>number of years, but will take immediate effect in 2013. The budget
>>for visual art will shrink from 53,3 to 31 million.
>> Among the more damaging and destructive decisions is the complete
>>cutting of funding for the six leading New Media Art Organsiations
>>that produce, distribute and facilitate New Media Art;
>> -STEIM: Independent Live electronic music centre that is
>>exclusively dedicated to the performing arts.
>> -De WAAG: Organisation & Worklab for old and new media, developers
>>of open source tools, research & technology for the creative
>>independant industry & intermediate between art, science and media.
>> -Worm: Rotterdam based laboratory, venue and studios for film,
>>music and internet featuring concerts, new media events,
>>screenings, production of film, music and software art.
>> -Mediamatic: software art projects, lectures, workshops &
>>screenings aiming on the young generation of artists, designers &
>> -V2: interdisciplinary centre for art and media technology in
>>Rotterdam, activities include organizing presentations, exhibitions
>>and workshops, research and development of artworks operating in an
>> -NIMK: The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk) promotes the
>>wide and unrestrained development, application and distribution of,
>>and reflection on, new technologies within the visual arts. Since
>>the Netherlands Media Art Institute came into being in 1978 an
>>extensive collection of video and media art has been assembled, to
>>which new works are constantly being added.
>> These institutes together form the foundation for New Media Arts
>>in the Netherlands and forfil an important role in the
>>International Network that shares knowledge, exchanges, produces,
>>distributes and promotes various forms of New Media Art.
>> For most of these organisations the budget cuts will mean their
>> BUT of course there is more to it. In the document one can read
>>that Architecture, Design and eCulture are fusing together in a new
>>fund called Creative Industry (something non of these sectors
>>wants). ALL organization in the 3 domains won't receive any
>>structural funding anymore in this plan BUT the new Fund, that is
>>now being structured, will likely offer the change to organizations
>>to get structural funding (2 to 4 years). But since this fund is
>>not there yet and since they are having strong debates about the
>>role and function, and program of this fund nothing is indicated
>>about this fund in the published document. So when reading the
>>document you get a different picture of what is being debated right
>>now insight the Ministry and with the 3 sectors.
> > The thing that should be in place for this fund are
>> 1. structural funding to some of the important plpl.ayers in the 3
>> 2. creating space for basic research in the 3 sectors.
>> When we get this done we are still facing a hardcore economic
>>agenda (the Minister is a hardcore liberal) but that we can shape
>>and address 'creatively' since we can't and don't want to fullfill
>>this agenda ourselves. Dealing with the goals of the new Fund will
>>be a major challenge since NO ONE wants this Fund and it has NO
>> Still, if you read the whole document you can see that probably
>>eCulture, design and architecture are coming out best if you
>>compare what is happening in other sectors like theatre, performing
>>arts, post academic education, visual arts a.s. For example all
>>production houses for theatre won't be funded anymore; all
>>post-academic organization like the Rijksacademie, Jan van Eyck and
>>Berlage Institute won't receive any funding anymore after 2012.
>>This are just some of the cuts that have been done.
>> NIMk nevertheless, since they are not part of eCulture but the
>>visual arts, are serious trouble up from 2013. The Minister
>>indicated that he has NO responsiblity for an archive that is not
>>set up by the Ministry but by a foundation itself, so it's NIMk's
>>responsibility to deal with their archive he thinks. The same for
>>the Theater Instituut Nederland that won't get any funding and who
>>also have a large archive on theatre on theatre covering decades of
>>history. but it's also an archive setup and organised by the
>>institute itself so also here the Minister sees no responsibilities
>> So you can imagine that I have been lobbying, having meetings last
>>months since we saw all of this coming, even though the result is
>>very unexpected in its format (bringing architecture, design and
>>eCulture in one new sector called Creative Industry - that nobody
>>wants to be related to).
>> I keep you updated since the coming month will be essential for
>>the future of eCulture in the Netherlands since the new fund is now
>>being discussed and shaped and should be announced end of July. And
>>of course we think and push that this new fund will supoort some
>>organisations structuraly since the budget is there (eCulture is
>>far less cut down then any other sector, only about 15% while other
>>sectors face cut downs to 25 till 50%).
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