Culture industries and urban culture
Currently the promotion of culture industries is widely considered as one of the major catalysts of urban spaces. Usually here the focus lies on the dominance of immaterial symbolic production over material production within the agendas of urban development. In this respect it is crucial to understand the ways in which enclaves of cultural production unfold in urban space, and the goals and means / infrastructures of their mobilization in programs of urban development. Equally it is important to understand, which [multilevel] institutions are responsible for such unfoldings and mobilizations. And what do such institutional frameworks bring that is new to the existing culture of specific cities? This panel is designed for the discussion of these issues with a specific focus on Belarusian and Lithuanian contexts, which does not imply the exclusion of the broader regional context from its scope.
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Поэтому от интересующихся пространством людей не приходится ожидать систематического обращения к “какой-то” географии, либо в силу маргинального положения географии отечественной, либо в силу того, что основная их работа ведется в рамках другой дисциплины. Географическое (пространственное) знание – и в том виде, в каком оно продуцируется у нас, и в виде сильных западных теорий – остается в некоторой изоляции, оно не так востребовано, как оно того заслуживает. Read the rest of this entry »
Opening the Door? in Vilnius was a successful and useful project if accepted that it fulfills the function of a master plan which has merely documented, upheld and consolidated the persistent discourse on the Belarusian art sector, political culture and national identity, and, served to put this in a long-term perspective. Read the rest of this entry »
When the idea for an event at the intersection of alternative cultures and urban spaces first emerged I was very enthusiastic. So, I want to start my paper by questioning that enthusiasm: why did it seem that alternative cultures and urban spaces, at this point in time in the region of Eastern Europe and beyond, were such natural bedfellows? Read the rest of this entry »