i'm in linz, austria for LiWoLi, "Art Meets Radical Openness". it's a 3-day gathering of open source artists, developers & educators organised by ushi reiter and the team from servus.at and located at the kunstuniversität, & this is the fourth year it's been held.
Just back from two weeks in the New Forest, UK and haven't yet dared to download my email.
Every UK-based art worker I know at the moment is exhausted and crazed by the stresses of politics and questions of survival. Public funding, to support infrastructure, services and culture that is for the public, is being phased out in favour of a corporatization of culture supported by consumption-fuelled-growth and patronage by the rich; in a way that separates power from responsibility and constrains imagination.
Please send us your comments and feedback on Mute's 100% cut by ACE this week. We are hoping to set this in the context of the broader cuts across the arts and society, which represent a sustained assault on the conditions for free expression, critical thinking, and independent production – be that directly or indirectly.
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