Newsletter Spring 2014
Dear friends and partners of EDUCULT,
welcome to our spring newsletter informing about current developments and events in arts, education and cultural policy and EDUCULT projects.
This time we warmly welcome our new vice-director Gottfried Eisl in our team, who will support us in the further development of the organisational structure of EDUCULT. We are happy that the former CEO of the Konservatorium Vienna-Private University has joined us.
Moreover we invite you to the forthcoming international conference “Cultural Policies and the Cities” on 2 April 2014, held at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The focus of the conference is the importance of cities in the development of cultural policies.
Wimmer’s Quarterly this time reports about the current situation in Austrian’cultural policy which is dominated by bad governance concerning the Viennese Burgtheater.
EDUCULT IN ACTION provides current information on our projects.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE informs about international exchange and co-operations.
EDUCULT INFORMS about international affairs, projects and meetings.
All the best,
Stories from Austria, a small country (but not in the eyes of some protagonists)
Lately there has been much public attention on two cases of bad governance. On the one hand, the breakdown of a regional bank, Hypo Alpe-Adria, with the effect of at least 12 billion Euro damage for Austria’s state budget. On the other, the discovery of, let’s call it creative accounting at the Burgtheater Vienna, leading to a loss of 12 Mio. Euro. Experienced Austrians could easily call the second case “peanuts”, since the deficit of the country’s most prominent theatre sums up to at most one thousandth of the Hypo-desaster. Peanuts, as the architect Wolf Prix called it on a podium discussion with the newly appointed state minister of culture, Josef Ostermeyer. And yet, both cases led to public furore as they are touching on something very fundamental.
EDUCULT IN ACTION
Cultural Learning in and with Enterprises
EDUCULT is excited about a new project commissioned by the Federation of Austrian Industries. From February 2014, we are starting a dialogue research process on the preconditions and potentials of partnerships between industry and business and the education, arts and culture sectors.
Access to Culture
The first phase of the project research was conducted in 2013 on the policy “Access to Culture” on European level. The results of the investigation were incorporated in a report which can be downloaded here .
Summer School of the University at Buffalo/NY in Vienna
From May 26 to June 3 2014 ten students of the Arts Management Program of the University at Buffalo/NY visit Vienna on a nine day educational journey. The Summer School topic is “Mainstreaming Emigrants or Tourists? Towards a new relationship between cultural and integration policy: cultural offering in a demographically changing environment”. EDUCULT organises this year‘s Summer School and sets up a program offering various arts management perspectives provided by a wide range of lecturers and institutions.
work::sounds – How does the working world sound?
Powerful, lively, danceable and racy: The experimental video clips produced by the participating pupils of different schools in Vienna are online
! In April we start with “remix work::sounds” and five additional classes, remixing and reconnecting sounds and visuals of different work environments.
Salon of Cultures – “zone X”
We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition “zone X” by Nicolas Dellamartina, Antonio Lemos, Froes Neto and Daniel Pfauth at the EDUCULT gallery on 15 May. The exhibition is part of the EDUCULT Salon of Cultures program and the 4rd Wiener Integrationswoche and can be visited free of charge until 5 September.
“SAG’S MULTI!” 2013/14
On 6 March the award ceremony of the multilingual speech competition took place in the city hall of Vienna. More than 300 guests from politics, business and media celebrated the courageous youngsters together with their friends and families and valued the multilingual talent. This year’s topic was: “Word up: We join the conversation!” More than 407 pupils from all over Austria applied for the fifth competition, presenting their speeches in 39 different languages.
EDUCULT IN EXCHANGE
International Conference “Cultural Policies in Cities” on 2 April 2014 in Vienna/ University of Applied Arts
On the 2 April the conference “Cultural Policies and the Cities” will be held at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The conceptualisation of the conference was made by Michael Wimmer, director of EDUCULT and is linked to the key findings of the last year conference “Reinventing Cultural Policy“.
One of the key findings of last year’s symposium “Reinventing Cultural Policy” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna was the identification of the increasing cultural-political significance of cities. Although this development results to some degree from targeted measures like regionalization and decentralization, its causes are to be found first and foremost in the intensification of global economic competition.
RESEO conference SoulFood from 24 to 26 April in Helsinki
The next RESEO conference will discuss the way how opera might impact our lives by exchange of practice and experiences. The conference is held in cooperation with the Finnish National Opera.
6th European Symposium Culture and Education from 27 to 28 June at Festival d´Aix-en-Provence
The European Symposium Culture and Education will take place from 27- 28 June 2014 and focus on the emergence of artistic, educational and participatory projects. What wishes and desires stand at the beginning of such projects? How much freedom is there, and what are the constraints? How much room is there for the unexpected, for the patient nurturing of what may gradually emerge? How can one bring together creative risk-taking and quality criteria? The Symposium 2014 will concentrate especially on small- and large-scale projects initiated by individual artists. More information will be available soon at the cooperation partners´ webpage RESEO.