Wednesday 27 Jun 2012

Launch of 'Platform Beeldende Kunst'

Ann Demeester, Ernst van den Hemel, Esther Polak, Schuilen in het Rijks, Debra Solomon, Barbara Visser

From 16.00 till 20.00 hrs

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One year after Mars der Beschaving, Schuilen in het Rijks, the occupation of Boijmans and a whole volley of Art Bombs, artists, designers, curators and critics have joined forces to set up the Platform Beeldende Kunst. By forging new alliances, we want to gain influence on current policy making and on public perception in relation to arts and culture. The Platform will be launched on the 27th of June in W139, Amsterdam.

The past year, we witnessed a government (now under resignation) announcing devastating cuts on arts and culture, some of which have already been implemented – a year in which artists often featured in conversations as subjects but rarely as partners - although it is the production of art that will suffer most from the current art policies. In this process, choice of words and perceptual frame rarely matched the actual circumstances in which artists and cultural workers operate. At the same time, the support for arts and culture in larger society revealed to be slim, very little political parties openly dared to advocate the importance of art anymore and the mobilization of artists as counterweight in the discourse was less than convincing.

Platform Beeldende Kunst is a strategic coalition that mobilizes existing networks and maps out new connections in order to develop a foundation for joint action and spokemanship. Our aim is to positively affect the current perception and public opinion of arts and culture; to influence political decision-making in conjunction with existing interest groups such as De Zaak Nu and Kunsten 92; and to put forward new logics that can (re)define the significance of art.

During the launch, we will present our plans and hear which activities have been deployed by various artists (groups) in the past year. Come, look ahead with us and drink a Halbe beer to support the arts!

For more information visit Platform Beeldende Kunst