European Conference – 3rd episode: The cultural institution – what needs to change? – Panel session
The third episode of the European Conference took place on September 14th. Teodor Celakoski, Félix Dupin-Meynard, Victoria Durrer and Dea Vidović (chair) discussed the theme “The cultural institution – what needs to change?”.
In the discussion on balance between elitism and cultural democracy we tackled the question of excellence and managerialism which is a dominant principle in which cultural institutions are run nowadays. It seems through many examples that none of the modes has proved sufficient to address both needs entangled in the friction of the two. For this reason, we wish to continue the discussion on the question of governance and is it possible to imagine different kinds of governance in institutions and beyond that would provide a different answer to this questions. What can we do to change the way in which institutions operate now? What is needed to make them more open? How can we open them? What kinds of new practices are appearing on the horizon and what kind of answers are they offering? What kind of institutions are needed? How does audience prefer culture to be organized?