(Re)framing the international
An international practice in the arts is often taken for granted. Searching for new 'markets' to showcase work, engage with new audiences, tap into other sources of income or inspiration are legitimate motivations for art professionals to travel and work elsewhere.
The other side of this story is inhabited by fleeting encounters and little engagement or understanding of the actual context of the place of destination. This mondial transport leaves an impressive ecological footprint. From the perspective of the West, we travel in all directions. From the other side, travel to Europe from non-Western countries is becoming increasingly difficult. The inequality in access to means of production and distribution is a fact.
How can the art field operate in a more sustainable manner, artistically, economically, socially in the arts and in society? The Flanders Arts Institute concluded their research with a publication.
In this Kunstenpocket #2, Joris Janssens (head of research and development) summarizes a number of insights from this project and outlines a number of potential paths for a more sustainable international arts practice.
The Flanders Art Institute dedicates part of their work on exploring the international dimension of the arts practice through data analyses and contributions by art professionals. In their research (and publication) (Re)framing the international, questions are explored concerning artist-in-residences, trends in international production concerning the preforming arts, and the sustainability of transnational artists' trajectories. Read all about it browsing the many articles and interviews at The Flanders Art Institute website.
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