April 13, 2005

Modernism? Marcel Duchamp's Fountain

"Try not to understand and to show that you haven't understood"

Regarded as one of the most avant-garde modernists, often associated with the Dada movement, Duchamp is considered a forerunner of the postmodern aesthetic. This particular ready-made challenged the understanding of the role of the artists and the institution of galleries.

March 08, 2005

Emma R's Proposal

Working Title
Cultural regeneration: to what extent are British/European cities culturally “distinctive” as a result of cultural regeneration?

Primary Objective:
To investigate whether British/European cities that have been through a process of “cultural regeneration” retain individuality and distinctiveness or, in fact, become homogenous.

Research Questions

•What is cultural regeneration? – What does it intend to do? What does it achieve in reality?
Which definition of culture does regeneration encompass? I.e. culture as art/culture as a whole way of life? What are the consequences of differing definitions of culture?
Is regeneration “cultural” or is it something else? E.g. commercial, economic, tourist, social. Why do cities want to be “culturally” regenerated?

•To what extent do British/European cities look the same as a result of cultural regeneration?
How does this happen?
Why does it happen?

•To what extent do funding priorities and government rhetoric influence the uniformity of culturally regenerated cities? I.e. since New Labour and the rhetoric of social inclusion do cities aim for similar cultural programmes in order to attract funds? Is this instrumental cultural policy and exploitation of culture? And does this result in uniform cities?

•(How) do cities go about achieving a “sense of place”? To what extent is this successful and distinctive?

•What are the consequences of cities being culturally uniform or indeed having being culturally distinctive? Why is cultural regeneration important?

•Is there a “model” of cultural regeneration? If so where did this “model” begin? And how has this influenced further “models” of cultural regeneration?

•To what extent are local people consulted about cultural regeneration and planning? How is this consultation carried out? How does it affect the “distinctiveness” of the city?

•In whose interests does cultural regeneration work in? E.g. the inhabitants of the city, private investors, local business, tourists?
Who benefits from cultural regeneration?

•Does it matter?
What do local people think?
What do tourists think?

•Should cultural regeneration result in cities looking distinct?

March 06, 2005

Cork – European Capital of Culture 2005 study visit outline

Writing about web page http://www.cork2005.ie

Mar 4, 2005

Liz Meanay, Arts Officer of the City Council of Cork at 11:00
Lunch at English Market
Cork Vision Centre
Tom McCarthy, the Programme Director for Cork 2005 at 15:30

Mar 5, 2005

Univerisity College Cork
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
Lunch at Harveys Bistro
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Triskel Arts Centre
Dinner at Prime@Clancy's
Clubbing: Cube

h4. Ying's Major Project Proposal

Working Title:
Valuable experience of the success of South Korean Film Industry can inspire Chinese film industry in its current transformation era

Research Questions:
1. Why it is valuable to choose the redevelopment mode of South Korean film industry in 1990s as the model to revitalize the current Chinese film industry?

2. What, such as cultural policy, laws and regulations, financial investment and so on, contributed to the renaissance of the South Korean film industry?

3. According to those of South Korean film industry in 1990s, what conditions of current Chinese film industry are advantageous and disadvantageous to its revitalization? What can be done according to the experience of the South Korean film industry in the political, legal and artistic aspects to give impetus to the renaissance of Chinese film industry?

4. Were there any unsuccessful aspect in the development process of South Korean film industry in the 1990s and if yes, how can Chinese film industry avoid it?

5. Are there any main difference between film industry and its related environment in the two countries and how can Chinese film industry make relevant adjust according to its own specific situation?

Rationale for research questions:
Chinese film industry is now experiencing a big transformation due to the internal change, i.e. the reform of cultural system, and external situation, i.e. the gradual and further opening of Chinese cultural market to the world after entering WTO. Those changes can be either opportunities to the revitalization of Chinese film industry or disasters for it due to different cultural policies that will be implemented by the government.

And another country in Asia, South Korea currently enjoys the success of its film industry as the result of its cultural policy and other relevant elements to film industry in 1990s and onwards.

Based on the above fact, in order to revitalize Chinese film industry, it is valuable to get some inspirations from the successful experience of South Korea. But first of all, it is necessary and inevitable to analyze why it is the successful experience of South Korean film industry in 1990s not that of other countries that can better inspire the development of Chinese film industry by showing that there are some similarities in the domestic and international background of the South Korean film industry in late 1980s and current Chinese film industry which make such ‘learning’ feasible and of practical value.

Besides the successful experience of South Korean film industry, the analysis of the unsuccessful one, as a warning, is also valuable to the future healthy development of Chinese film industry.

And without saying, the differences exist in both the internal and external situation of film industries between South Korean in 1990s and current China. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze such differences and make relevant adjust on the policy and other aspects to the practical situation of Chinese film industry.

P.S. Jack & Jinsun, I may need your help, if my proposal isn't rejected.

March 01, 2005

Memory, Identity & the Public Sphere – Karsten's proposal

How do memory and identity influence communication in the public sphere?

Proposal for Major Project 2005

‘Memory’ and ‘identity’ may be viewed as important tools that are needed to allow meaningful communication between different people, or groups of people, to take place. They often act as bridges, or stumps of bridges, which can lead to further communication and meaningful relationships. However, they can act as obstacles, as walls, that stop people from seeing beyond their ‘walls’ of prejudice and preoccupations about others, thus making communication and interaction in the public sphere difficult, and possibly harmful. Examples of features of memory and identity include language barriers (in spite of ‘sharing’ English as a common language, the lingua franca may, or may not, be accompanied by a cultura franca), opposing views of history or tradition, and issues related to ethnicity, religion and nationalism.

The project will look at practical instances when different value systems are hegemonized under a standard ‘egalitarian’/’democratic’ framework of a liberal nature. On the other hand, it will consider instances when both sides of the cultural relationship change, transform themselves and go beyond their own limitations (in terms of Sardar’s opposition between ‘acculturation’ and ‘mutuality’). Practical examples might include references to current public debates with regard to faith schools, arranged marriages, initiation rights, commercial practices, tolerance of criticism of one’s values and sexuality in the public sphere.

The project will refer to Habermas’ theories of the public sphere and the public sphere’s potential as a mode of societal integration and a location to work out how different social groups work at communication in public, with special emphasis on how they negotiate their differences with one another and decide to take common action. Issues about public conversation will be seen through a Habermasian light, and the Foucauldian critique of this view (which considers change as an important element – again, the project will have to be very clear on the terms of reference used). The work of both theoreticians will be used to frame the rise of the independent civil society (as distinguished from the bourgeois public sphere and the state’s control of it) and the private person’s public rights. The project will also comment on the relationship between the state and the market and its impact on people’s participation in the public sphere.

Karsten Xuereb
MA European Cultural Policy & Management
University of Warwick

February 26, 2005

Modernism: Rimbaud, "Ville" in Illuminations

*Ville *

Je suis un éphémère et point trop mécontent citoyen d'une métropole crue moderne parce que tout goût connu a été éludé dans les ameublements et l'extérieur des maisons aussi bien que dans le plan de la ville. Ici vous ne signaleriez les traces d'aucun monument de superstition. La morale et la langue sont réduites à leur plus simple expression, enfin ! Ces millions de gens qui n'ont pas besoin de se connaître amènent si pareillement l'éducation, le métier et la vieillesse, que ce cours de vie doit être plusieurs fois moins long que ce qu'une statistique folle trouve pour les peuples du continent. Aussi comme, de ma fenêtre, je vois des spectres nouveaux roulant à travers l'épaisse et éternelle fumée de charbon, – notre ombre des bois, notre nuit d'été ! – des Erinnyes nouvelles, devant mon cottage qui est ma patrie et tout mon cœur puisque tout ici ressemble à ceci, – la Mort sans pleurs, notre active fille et servante, et un Amour désespéré, et un joli Crime piaulant dans la boue de la rue.

Illuminations, 1875


I am an ephemeral and by no means over-discontented citizen of a metropolis considered to be modern because all recognised sense of taste has been avoided in the furnishings and the exteriors of its houses as well as in the city planning. You will find no trace here of any monument to superstitious belief. In short, morals and language have been reduced to their simplest form of expression! The millions of people who have no need to know one another conduct their education, their work and their old age in such a uniform manner that their life-span must be several times shorter than the one that an insane set of statistics attributes to people on the continent. And so it is that, from my window, I can see new spectres rolling through the dense and endless coal smoke, – our woodland shade, our summer night – modern Erinnyes, in front of this cottage which is my homeland and my whole heart since everything looks like this, – dry-eyed Death, our diligent daughter and servant, a hopeless Love, and a nice little Crime whimpering away in the filth of the street.

February 22, 2005

Alexis' proposal

Writing about web page http://www.artnouveau-net.com/

Working title :

Promoting the Art Nouveau legacy today within a broader socio-economic agenda : a comparative approach through both historical and European perspectives

Research questions :

To size and evaluate the promotion by 4 European cities of their major Art Nouveau legacy within the context of their own broader Urban cultural-led development strategy ? a comparative approach through case studies of the cities of Bruxelles (Belgium), Glasgow (Great-Britain), Nancy (France), Wien (Austria),

In which respect the social-economic ideals & concerns of the initials promoters of Art Nouveau (including Artists, Industrials, Merchants & local authorities) are still pursued within those contemporary strategies of preservation and promotion ?

How each city Art Nouveau sub-movement has influenced and has been influenced by the others upon time and how this burgeoning European sentiment shapes the past and current instrumental strategies of promotion, preservation and instrumentalization ? How that share vision contributes to the European integration broader agenda ?

Tamiko's proposal

Working title:Incompatibility of art education system with cultural policy in Japan

Research Questions
1.How different are legitimacies of art between at education system and under cultural policy in contemporary Japan?
2.How the dominance of Western art has been created and maintained by art education system?
3.How some traditional art are marginalized in the art education system,which is opposite to the aims stated in contemporary Japanese cultural policy?
4.How art hierarchy was created by art education system. e.g. Western music professionals have chances to become a professor at university, while Japanese traditional music players are never given such a position.
5.How does art education system lead littlie accessibility to Japanese traditional arts among Japanese?
6.Are there differences the points above compared with the U.K. and France?
7.How possible do some issues around Japanese art attribute to the incompatibility of art education system with cultural policy in Japan? (Conclusion)

January 18, 2005

Spring Term Party – 5th, February 2005

Date & Place:
Saturday, February the 5th, 8 p.m.
129 Standard Avenue – Tile Hill – Coventry CV4 9BT
Landline 02476467359

how to come there from the campus ?

by bus (25 mn): take the bus n°12 and get off after the A45 cross Tile Hill Road in front of Sainsbury. Then go through the car park. Standard Avenue begins between the Audi Showroom and the Jaguar Showroom.
by walk (25 mn): take Gibbet Road, on the first roundabout go straight in Westwood Way, on the next roundabout go n the right in Mitchell Avenue, on the next roundabout go straight (it is still Mitchell Avenue), then cross the field, go under the Railway, using the underground, then take Templar Avenue, and finally Standard Avenue on your right !

supply list :
booze, booze, and local specialities ….

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