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What's Wrong With Art?

October 7, 2020

On October 27 SOUR and bluenectar organised an online panel discussion on What's Wrong With Art?

What's Wrong With Art?
When we talk about what’s wrong with art, we’re talking about what’s wrong with our society at-large. The issues of race, identity, housing insecurity, job insecurity in a digital age, nationalism, xenophobia, inclusion/exclusion and many others are all coming to a boil now as the heat has been turned up by an invisible contagion that has exposed burns we thought had been healing. What’s wrong with art is a problem of institutionalisation, of a scaffolding that’s been built on a shaky foundation, of a kind of monolithic gate-keeper that can be exclusionary and elitist, and of a dusty, colonial art history narrative that has lionised white European creativity and diminished anything Other.

We had a diagnostic panel discussion and Q&A on current and future trends in the arts by bringing together four professionals, to have a collaborative ideation on solutions for a sustainably better future.

Panellists
Rebecca Hui / Founder / Roots Studio
Damien Davis / Artist / Damien Davis Studio
Joel Artista / Founder / Artolution
Ryan Stanier / Founder / The Other Art Fair

What's Wrong With
What’s Wrong With (www/) is a diagnostic discussion series and podcast where the progress makers, boundary pushers and creative leaders diagnose and discuss the problems in various fields, with the goal of creating a research base for potential sustainable solutions applicable today and tomorrow. Created by SOUR www/ is part of the studio's "Future of X,Y,Z" research, where the collaborative discussion outcomes serve as the base for the futuristic concepts built in line with our both missions of solving social and urban problems.

www/Art was a collaboration with bluenectar. bluenectar gives digital marketing and brand strategy consulting to underrepresented artists and arts organizations, while consulting growing businesses on accountable brand positioning and expression of values through bridging them with artists, arts organizations, curators, and academics, to conceive dynamic environments and move the needle in tackling global issues via sustainable partnerships.

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