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.
On Friday night the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston opened an exhibition called Current (produced in partnership with Folly). http://www.current-experiment.org.uk/ The first piece of digital art to be collected as part of the Harris Museum permanent collection was also announced as Thomson & Craighead’s piece 'The distance travelled through our solar system this year and all the barrels of oil remaining' (2011)
Last night about 25 people gathered at i-camp in Munich for "Update the Upgrade!" - an informal evening of short presentations about what people are up to at the moment. It was organised by the Upgrade! München team, at the suggestion of artist Susanne Wiegner, who was one of five presenters during the evening.
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