Debating `Culture´ between Performing Artists and the Goethe-Institut

Abstract

This presentation deals with contemporary performing art productions as transnational cultural practices realized between artists from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Germany in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Therefore the introduction of my presentation is characterized by reflections on the multi-dimensional concept of `culture´ with emphasis on designs of `international cultural relations´ shaped by  theories of Edouard Glissant, Homi K. Bhabha and Stuart Hall. Furthermore I will reflect on the practical work of cultural institutions as the Goethe-Institut and their role for the international networking of contemporary artists and cultural actors. The research perspective is characterized by a method-triangulation shaped by approaches from Cultural Studies, Theatre Arts and Art Sociology.
Based on my qualitative research and empirical data I will present an analysis of certain art-sociological aspects of selected transnational art productions in terms of the efforts and challenges in collectively realized artistic processes. That analysis is shaped by the diverse reflections of participating artists and cultural managers regarding arts, culture and creative transnational practices. Points of concerns are -among others- different concepts of culture, dissimilar views on aesthetic, choice of themes, working methods, selection of artists, group dynamics, time frames etc.
Finally I will give an overview of expectations and visions concerning transnational cultural productions expressed by cultural actors. Different demands like the organization of regional and international festivals, contiuity in cooperations, increase of  transnational co-productions, fusion of techniques, access to artist-in-residence-programs and the empowerment of artists to participate in international platforms are favored. Furthermore artists express their hopes for the support of contemporary art networks and of already established structures in the surrounding cultural landscapes. Cultural managers lay more emphasis on self-management, precise art production proposals and the increase of art discourses within local art scenes.
 



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Grit Köppen, Bayreuth International Graduate School, Germany

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Conference: ACCS2013
Stream: Cultural Studies

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