[spectre] New Media Art Organisations in Netherlands lose funding
jesse at memelab.ca
Wed Jun 15 11:50:30 CEST 2011
Honor, et al...
There is a petition here: http://petities.nl/petitie/bezuinigen-op-cultuur-zonder-alle-feiten-nooit
On 2011-06-15, at 11:38 AM, spectre-request at mikrolisten.de wrote:
> From: Honor Harger <honor at lighthouse.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [spectre] New Media Art Organisations in Netherlands lose
> To: spectre at mikrolisten.de
> Cc: Annette Wolfsberger <annettefromaustria at gmail.com>
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> Dear all,
> The situation evolving in the Netherlands is shocking and
> catastrophic. Can those involved in the Dutch media arts scene let
> us know what the international community can do to help or support
> the organisations who face oblivion?
> I know they seem like small gestures, but I'm sure there's a petition
> or open letter in circulation, and it would be great to post the
> details of that here.
> Plus, is it worth concerned colleagues from around the world, writing
> letters directly to Halbe Zijlstra?
> I'm saddened and concerned, and my thoughts are with all my friends
> in the media arts sector in the Netherlands.
>> 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 & tinkerers.
>> -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
>> international network
>> -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 disappearance.
>> 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
>> sectors; and
>> 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 bearing
>> 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
>> for him.
>> 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%).
>> SPECTRE list for media culture in Deep Europe
>> Info, archive and help:
> Honor Harger
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