New Spaces for Culture is one of TM’s core themes for 2016, consolidating an ongoing interest in the relationship between the design of infrastructures for urban culture, artistic production and display in the city, and the political and collective values they engender.
This year’s programme stems from discussions that began in November 2015 at the White Building in Hackney Wick, in a symposium that brought together figures involved in the creation of art and its infrastructure.
The symposium started with provocations from the making of cultural space in London and Hamburg. Participants that included representatives of the LLDC, Sadler’s Wells, UCL East, V&A East, RCA, Oberhafen, Space Studios, and the Yard Theatre were asked to consider: what should new cultural spaces do for art and performance in cities?; what can they do for the politics of civic life? and how should they be designed?
TM has published a working paper reflecting and building upon the discussion as a record of the event and a stimulus for further debate. In July we take this theme to Venice, to workshop a research agenda for evaluating culture in cities beyond the tourist gaze.
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