Discussion: Assault on Culture III at FACT TODAY

This could be a really interesting discussion TODAY.

Discussion: Assault on Culture III

26 April 2009 1.00pm at FACT
Location: Gallery 1
Price: FREE

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Screening and Discussion Series

Mute Magazine Contributing Editor Anthony Iles revisits the magazine’s climate change issue – Mute Vol 2, No.5 ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’, from May 2007 – to update it in light of changing perspectives on finance, capital and current affairs. Iles will curate a discussion and screening series that runs throughout the exhibition, in FACT’s experimental Gallery 1 space built specially for Climate for Change from recycled materials.

In this third part in a series of discussions initiated by Mute and Variant magazines questions the existing framework for independent cultural practitioners. Does commercialisation enhance or corrode ‘critical’ culture? Why does an institutional turn to ‘openness’, collaborative and politicised art practices coincide with privatisation? How will the financial crisis impact on arts funding and cultural practice and what would be a ‘sustainable’ alternative? With panellists: Leigh French (Variant), Anthony Davies (Writer), David Jacques (artist), Richie Hunter (The Nerve). Chair: Josephine Berry Slater (Mute)