Students from Kōbe University (Japan) in exchange with Viennese cultural life
This 12-day seminar in Austria’s federal capital Vienna focuses on particularly pressing issues of our time: How can we succeed in working in the cultural sector in an ecologically resource-friendly way? Is it possible not only to think together about environmental protection, knowledge transfer and democratic education as well as “culture for all”, but also to implement them in a meaningful way in high-quality cultural projects?
We present current research results from EDUCULT projects (SoPHIA, URB_ART, Sparkling Science: Colonialism today?!) and reflect on concrete options for action and good practice examples. Together with Viennese experts from various art disciplines and institutions as well as freelance cultural workers, we will shed light on concrete possibilities for participatory, responsible and sustainable cultural work. An accompanying cultural programme on individual evenings will complement the Summer Academy Vienna 2023.
With rapid social, economic and climatic changes and different regional and global demands of our time, the various actors in the field of art and culture face challenges in networking globally with their peers, to learn from each other and to stimulate and contribute to discourses – all this with a vision of social and societal needs and at the same time a focus on the essential artistic formats.
In the seminar, we address these multi-layered topics both with lecture and workshop formats and by visiting institutions – with experts from the fields of classical music and opera, traditional and contemporary theatre, visual arts, education and pedagogy, management and politics.
The social developments of the past few years with a pandemic, climate change, transformations in media consumption and knowledge transfer in the areas of social media and artificial intelligence, increasing autocratisation and high inflation rates are leaving their mark worldwide. Culture is recognised at an international level as an important tool to address the resulting challenges, and contribute to sustainable development.
Within the Horizon 2020 project SoPHIA – Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment, a holistic impact assessment model for historical, ecological and cultural sites in Europe was developed. A key finding is the direct links between culture, heritage and ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability. The importance of the cultural dimension for building sustainable societies and nature is being shared with the broader public by EDUCULT through the communication project Spreading SoPHIA, which encourages a holistic approach to sustainable education/culture and policy making.
The Erasmus+ project URB_ART – Supporting Community Development through Urban Arts Education, which EDUCULT implemented together with European partner institutions, aimed to address people from socio-economically disadvantaged communities with innovative formats of (digital) education, communication and participation.
Questions and topics to be addressed:
- Sustainable cultural institutions place ecology, the conscious use of resources and socio-political responsibility at the centre of their activities. What has changed in their thematic orientation and in the concrete implementation of projects? What are the differences between large traditional institutions and cultural projects of the independent scene?
- Culture for all: Who feels addressed by which formats in terms of content or even excluded? How do we counter the current inflation rates – what does high inflation mean for the cultural sector and for visitors – is art and culture affordable for all? What concepts are currently being pursued by Austrian and Viennese cultural policy?
- What discourses are there in the Viennese art and culture scene with regard to democracy, social inclusion of marginalised groups and equality? Where do we currently stand socially in Vienna and Europe in comparison to the situation in Kōbe and Japan? Which discourses should be continued or initiated?
- To what extent do cultural institutions and freelance artists actively participate in transformation processes in social media and in the discourse on artificial intelligence, and how do they position themselves?
EDUCULT has conceived and organized this year’s programme of the Summer Academy in Vienna and is looking forward to exciting discussions and insights!