Introducing Week 2

In Week 1, we investigated how the digital revolution has affected the cultural economy. This Week, we will focus on cultural institutions, policies and the art world.

The rise of digital technologies has created new patterns for cultural flows, thus reconfiguring the scope and scales of cultural institutions. As arts and cultures flow across borders, cultural institutions cannot restrict themselves to a national scale.

New digital practices open up new opportunities for the crucial issue of financing culture. Along with public funding and private sponsoring, cultural projects have increasingly utilised crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance. We will look into how this trend can affect the future of cultural institutions.

Finally, we will dive into the art world, a complex network, where beyond artists, many actors - such as galleries, museums, auction houses, curators, art fairs, biennials, and art critiques - collaborate on local, regional and global scales. We will look at how this system has been affected by the digital era, and at the new practices and players that have emerged.

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Culture in the Digital Age

European University Institute (EUI)