Artistic Production and Neoliberalism: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English and Spanish

This session explores what it means to be an artist in the context of neoliberal capitalism where current social, economic and political contexts – creative industries’ aspirations, cultural policy discourses and funding regimes – compel artists to be entrepreneurs. By treating art practice as a type of economic practice and the artist as an entrepreneur, changing funding regimes urge artistic producers to model creative entrepreneurialism. The influence of neoliberal attitudes is reflected on an emphasis on independence, self-starting, risk-taking, productivity, impact, innovative ideas and practices, and the attainment of financial profits. 
The session will explore the potential benefits and detrimental effects of applying entrepreneurial attitudes and practices to artistic production and distribution. Particularly welcome are abstracts drawing on multi-disciplinary theoretical approaches.
Session Organizer:
Marta HERRERO, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Economics in Art and Artists in Economy
Zuhal KAVACIK, Universitat Hamburg, Germany
Theaster Gates: Chicago's Entrepeneurial Artist
Julia ROTHENBERG, Queensborough Community College, USA
Artistic Integrity and Contemporary Business Models.
Ieva MOORE, University of Latvia, Latvia
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