Save Dutch Media art orgs. Govt plans to slash them all!

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Gavin Artz
10 years ago
As CEO of the Australian Network for Art and Technology I am inspired by the sophistication of media arts organisations in the Netherlands. There is a deep exploration of the impacts of technology and science on culture, but also an understanding of how this informs industry and technical research.

This is the time when these organisations are need most, this is the time when citizens need to find the thoughts and language that will allow them to navigate and succeed in an ever-changing, technology driven landscape. It is also an economic imperative for countries like the Netherlands where the biggest hurdles to innovation are cultural not technical. To build a robot is a technical challenge; to live with one is a cultural challenge. Our future is based our capacity to bridge the technical with the cultural, the creative with the commercial and any country that turns their back on the organisations that can deliver this future is setting up both their citizens and their economy for failure.

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Mary Scott
10 years ago
Preserve the arts as culture is where creativity resides, where ideas reside, where the new of tomorrow comes, where the plans, schemes and dreams and possibilities are hatched, probed, puzzled, machined and incubated. Slashing the arts has proven to be the politician's folly. No sooner than cuts occur, the realization arises that great harm has been done to the population, the individual and to the fabric of the nation's cultural 'historic moment'. You can't get those moments back, you have only to rebuild them slowly and with far far greater cost.

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Chris De Chiara
10 years ago
Given the world class reputations of Dutch Cultural institutions like STEIM making significant cuts on groups like the

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Alessio Cavallaro
10 years ago
The Netherlands’ media arts organisations are among the most influential and respected in the world. The creativity, knowledge and inspiration generated by these organisations through groundbreaking initiatives and global networks are immeasurable. Their significant contributions to art and society in the 21st century is indisputable, and therefore must be sustained and further supported instead of being severely curtailed.

The proposed funding cuts are a reactive, grossly miscalculated and ultimately irresponsible strategy that will do little to improve the Dutch economy, but will do much to impoverish Dutch and world culture, and the Netherlands’ international standing as an enlightened and innovative nation.

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Oliver Bruno
10 years ago
New media, culture and the arts provide a valueble asset to society, hightening insight into intercultural matters, democratic principles and possibly even preventing urban problems in an early stage.
Good luck Willem Velthoven!
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They are doing really good work right know.
If you would like to exchange idea's, you can contact me through Twitter on @OliverBruno1

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Tos Mahoney
10 years ago
Mediamatic, Waag society, WORM, STEIM, NIMK, V2_ and Submarine Channel are the Dutch arts organisations that have set The Netherlands apart as truly cultured European country not one churning out some idealised notion of historic culture. The cutting of their funds is a global outrage and a national shame!

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Jon Rose
10 years ago
As the 93 year old survivor of Nazi terror, Stephane Hessel, has pointed out in his little manifesto "Time for Outrage"; If Europe could afford culture when it was on its knees in the 20 years following the end of World War 2, how come it cannot afford culture now, when the levels of affluence are beyond compare, and the sound of billions of dollars sloshing around the financial markets are an obscenity? You get the culture you deserve.
If you don't like it, get off your butts and kidnap a merchant banker today! That would bring in an easy million Euro.
That lot, in collusion with the captains of industry and politics have sold (outsourced) the birthrights of their children and children's children for a one off quick and easy profit to China. If you take away the ability of populations to create, invent, and make things - and change them all into a bunch of compliant consumers - the future looks bleak for the entire European enterprise. Indeed the entire Western World.

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Andrew Garton
10 years ago
New media is the future media... and it is in the arts where new forms of media literacy evolve and present forms are critiqued and understand. Culture is at the heart of all successful communities.

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Eku Wand
10 years ago
Seems like government & administration hasn't learned anything from history — culture is not a fruit that you can pick up just whenever you want — without funding and supplying enough water nothing can grow at all!

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Herman de Vries
10 years ago
zie ook de column van Bert Wagendorp betreffende Oerol (Volkskrant). Compleet afhankelijk zijn van subsidies is ook niet alles maar rigoureus hakken zoals nu is ook bizar