Matei Bejenaru, Vector
Corinn Gerber , Art Metropole and Passenger Books
Gregory Sholette, Queens College, CUNY, and Institute for Wishful Thinking
Pauline J. Yao
As a result of socioeconomic shifts occasioned by neoliberalism and globalization over the last twenty years, public funding for the arts has increasingly come to mean competition among, and compromise for, artists who receive state support. Although a relatively new phenomena in North America and Europe, artists from China, Cuba, and former East Europe know firsthand the limitations of government sponsorship and the concessions made in exchange for cultural subsidies. This session will carry on the discussions initiated during the first night’s debate to consider, on both theoretical and practical terms, artist-run institutions entangled by art and state interests.