[spectre] NIMK: Media Art, We Care!
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Thu Jun 16 16:19:25 CEST 2011
From: "Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst" <nimk at mailinglijst.nl>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:05:03 +0200
Subject: Media Art, We Care!
Media Art, We Care
The Dutch Secretary of state for culture, Halbe Zijlstra, has
published his policy plan for the coming years on June 10th. In
contrast to the official recommendations given to him by his advisory
board, the Raad voor Cultuur, these historic cutbacks will not be
spread out over a number of years but will take immediate effect as
of January, 2013.
Next to the devastating effect for the whole field of emerging arts
and innovation, this means that the Netherlands Media Art Institute
is facing a 100% cut in its structural governmental funding.
Ever since the foundation of MonteVideo gallery in 1978, the
Netherlands Media Art Institute has specialized in media and
electronic art that seeks the creative possibilities of contemporary
media and technology. Today we are an internationally renowned and
all-round cultural organization, active and recognized in the areas
of creation, presentation, research and conservation.
The collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute comprises over
2,000 works of more than 500 (inter)national artists and is the
beating heart of the Institute. Historically, international exchange
has always been an essential part of media art. At this moment, we
annually distribute works from our collection to up to 35 countries
worldwide. The total spectrum of activities includes exhibitions,
education and research, and a high level of international cooperation.
Through such diverse functions, the Institute fulfils its role as
intermediary for the media art sector: building bridges between
artists, art institutions and the public: a center of expertise that
makes its resources widely available.
Contrary to all recommendations and expectations we are now facing
major challenges in keeping the Institute alive in order to remain an
active leading player in the field of art, technology and innovation.
We are very much aware that the days of individualism are history.
Alliances within and beyond the arts, partnerships and shared
leadership will be key to help us through these unstable economic,
political and social times.
The Netherlands Media Art Institute, being a valuable node in an
international network, believes in the strength of this Institute,
the sector and the potential of the artists and our partners. We are
dedicated to invest all of our energy and efforts to keep media art
vibrant and alive.
We welcome your response! We'd like to hear your opinion about NIMk
and about the current situation. Send your response to
<mailto:nfo at nimk.nl>info at nimk.nl and we publish it online or use the
responsbox online (only for facebook users):
Response by the art and new media institutions Steim, V2_,
Mediamatic, De Waag Submarine Channel, WORM and NIMk:
De Zaak Nu:
Sign the online Petition:
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