Culture and Economy 2
Full course description
This elective builds on the insights from Culture and Economy 1 to analyze specific examples and case studies from the fields of cultural industries, art markets and creative urbanism. The course sets a clearer focus on questions regarding the social and ecological implications of current practices within the cultural industries, art markets and creative urbanism. Case studies to be discussed include public art, starchitecture and urban branding, the art fair TEFAF, minimalist lifestyle culture, creative urban biotechnology labs, sharing initiatives and circular economy projects in cities. The course includes a field trip to Amsterdam, during which we visit creative projects with a socio-ecological goal. During the site visit to European Fine Art Fair TEFAF in Maastricht, students get the opportunity to develop their understanding of the interrelated network of relationships between the players and institutions in the art market. This knowledge will be developed in the field, in dialogue and interaction with various actors coming together at TEFAF, such as galleries, auctioneers, art dealers, etc. Through theory and collective PBL debate, we examine how these various cultural and economic practices shape social inclusion and equality, sustainable development, and economic growth (which we discuss critically) at the local and global scales. In this course, students will co-design and conduct a group project that relates to cultural industries, art markets and/or creative urbanism and has a social and/or environmental objective. Project design workshops will be offered in weeks 1 and 3, during which students explore common interests, form groups, and develop and articulate a project proposal. The independent group project work will take place in weeks 4-7. In the end of the course, students will hold group presentations, and reflect on their projects via an individually written critical commentary.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify and critically discuss key strategies and developments in contemporary cultural industries, art markets and creative urbanism, and differentiate between relevant actors and stakeholders in these domains.
- Identify and critically discuss economic, socio-political and environmental challenges that art markets, creative cities, creative industries currently face.
- Use relevant literature, theories and concepts in order to discuss and critically assess the role of cultural practices in the context of post-industrial restructuring, national and municipal policymaking, as well as sustainable development.
- Translate their critical reflections on the current state and challenges of art markets, creative cities or creative industries into informed strategies and advice for actors and stakeholders in these fields (project work).
- Professionally present a self-designed cultural project with a social and or environmental objective (presentation).
- Critically comment on current strategies and decisions in the fields of art markets, creative urbanism and cultural industries in the format of academic writing (using the theories and concepts acquired in this course).
Culture and Economy 1
Hesmondhalgh, D. (2007). The cultural industries. London: Sage.
Duncan, D. & Raymond, R. (2016-20). Upstream podcast: Unlearn everything you learned about economics. Available at: https://www.upstreampodcast.org