Dr. Melissa Butcher is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at The Open University. The focus of her research is transnational mobility, cultural change, intercultural competence and conflict in diverse urban spaces, emphasising questions of identity and belonging. Before joining the OU, Melissa lived and worked in India, taught in universities in Ireland and Australia, and has also worked as a journalist, and a development education and intercultural trainer in the private, government and community sectors. Her recent publications include: ‘Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World’ (Ashgate 2011) ‘Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia’s Cities‘ (with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009), ‘Ingenious: Emerging Youth Cultures in Urban Australia‘ (with Mandy Thomas, Pluto Press, 2003), and ‘Transnational Television, Cultural Identity and Change: When STAR Came to India‘ (Sage, 2003). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to globalisation, migration, urban diversity, youth culture and global human resources management.Tags: access to culture, conflict and culture, cultural diversity, cultural identity, cultural participation, culture and society, culture and youth
Bjarki Valtysson is Associate Professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen and has a background in literature, cultural studies, and digital communication. His research interests include cultural, media, and communication policies and regulation, particularly in terms of the politics of social media and networked cultures. He also researches the application and reception of social media within the area of museums, archives, libraries, and social network sites as well as how these relate to production, distribution, use, and consumption in digital cultures. His research interests also include digital media and democracy, with a focus on digital public spheres, networked publics, and counterpublics. Valtysson recently published a book on Icelandic cultural policy.
He holds a PHD from Institute for Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, a MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication from University of Copenhagen and a BA in Comparative Literature from University of Iceland. His PhD thesis, Access Culture – The Remixable Culture of Prosumers and the Cultural Policy of the European Union, focuses on the notion of access culture (policies, copyright, etc.), digital public spheres, networked publics (and counter-publics) and prosumers (producer-consumer). Objectives of analysis include internet art, the Europeana digital library, EU directives on the audiovisual sector, databases such as the Internet Archive and BBC’s Creative Archive, and collaborative open source inspired projects like Elephants Dream.
Valtysson is a member of the Digital Culture and Mobile Communication research group at ITU, and a member of the Center for Network Culture at ITU.Tags: access to culture, cultural research, culture and communication, Denmark, digital culture/new technologies, EU policies, new media
New Media Center_kuda.org is a non-governmental organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. In this respect, kuda.org is dedicated to the research of new cultural relations, contemporary artistic practice, and social issues. Kuda.org’s work focuses on questions concerning the influence of the electronic media on society, on the creative use of new communication technologies, and on contemporary cultural and social policy bringing together artists, theoreticians, media activists, researchers and the wider public. By the work focused on interpretation and analysis of the history and significance of the information society, the potential of information itself, and the diffusion of its influence on political, economic and cultural relationships in contemporary society, the New Media Center_kuda.org opens space for both cultural dialog and alternative methods of education and research.
Kuda.org programs coverning
kuda.info which provides information in the field of new media, contemporary art, social phenomena, research and education by means of a library, mediatheque and digital archive;
kuda.lounge establishes conditions for building critical and creative approach towards digital culture; it is devoted to the issues of contemporary cultural politics, the creative use of new communication technologies as well as the influence of electronic media in a society. kuda.lounge consists of lectures, workshops, talks, and public presentations of artists, media activists, theorists, scientists and researchers and since 2000 onwards over 100 events have been organised within the kuda.lounge;
kuda.production and publishing creates a matrix for non-profit artistic production in the field of new media and technologies, interdisciplinary research and experiment. Besides organizing many exhibitions and conferences, from 2004 onwards, kuda.org offers free web space on the kuda server for artists, activists and the NGO sector;
All lectures and presentations held in the framework of kuda.lounge program in the period of 2001 to 2006 have been recorded in audio-video format and archived in kuda.org’s mediatheque. All video material is available for watching and further copying and re-distribution is welcome.
kuda.org runs a Mobile Laboratory as a colaborative platform for knowledge and technological exchange through Novi Sad city and other cities in Vojvodina region. The basic tool that is used in project implementation is mobile lab /equipped vehicle/, which has the possibility of introducing new technologies, direct knowledge and skills transfer and reproduction of produced material in public spaces. Mobile lab deals with networking, collaboration and co-production in terms of empowering creative practices and directing them to wider groups such us: youth, minorities and marginalized groups and at the same time is promoting their rights through open and equal access to new tools and content. The main goal is to create reliable local, regional and international infrastructure that could be the framework for future planning and influencing cultural policy implementation.
The Kulturpunkt.hr is a non-governmental media portal and information service covering culture and contemporary art news and topics, with the main focus on the independent cultural scene in Croatia. It is strategically contributing to cultural media diversity in Croatia.
Initiated in 2005 by the Clubture Network and run by Kurziv – Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society NGO, Kulturpunkt.hr is aiming to increase the influence and public visibility of the independent cultural sector, constantly encouraging social and political participation, monitoring civic initiatives and advocacy processes, youth culture, urban culture, social activism, new technologies, alternative economies, free software and many other social, political and economic features which have direct impact on cultural production in Croatia.
Its editorial approach is analytical and critical. In addition to regular portal news topics, announcements, current information on funding opportunities, there are several editorial subcategories (Poptika, Kulturskop and Kultrapunkt) covering phenomenons of popular culture and providing theoretical texts and insights into the cultural politics of Southeastern Europe with a special focus on cultural policies in transition, non-governmental SEE trends, cultural decentralisation and new public culture. Kulturpunkt.hr is covering “Criticize this!,”a collaborative media initiative between Kulturtreger and Kurziv from Croatia, KPZ Beton and SEEcult.org from Serbia, and Plima from Montenegro.Tags: access to culture, Croatia, cultural advocacy, cultural diversity, cultural participation, media
The Danish Cultural Institute is an independent institution supported by the Danish Ministry of Culture. The Institute was established in 1940. The objectives of the Institute are to promote cultural exchange between Denmark and other nations and regions, to inform about Denmark and support long-term cooperation between foreign and Danish cultural institutions, artists and other professionals. The activities evolve around cultural projects, publishing activities, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, seminars, training and education both abroad and in Denmark. These are coordinated through the head office in Copenhagen and branch offices in Benelux, Brazil, China, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and the United Kingdom. The Institute also enables the Job Swop, an international exchange of staff and arranges study tours for groups with special professional interests within its network.Tags: access to culture, cultural cooperation, cultural diversity, cultural education, cultural exchange, cultural programmes, Denmark, External Relations and Culture, Training and Professional Development
Cultural Center REX is a laboratory for research of new fields of culture. The centre is the member of the European Network of Independent Cultural Centres – Trans Europe Halles, the coalition of centres for creative development and use of new media (the ECB network – European cultural backbone), the Clubture – the informal regional project platform (M2, Croatia) and the Association of Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia.
REX was formed in 1994 by Belgrade based radiostation B92, by the name of Cinema REX and as a cultural centre space for providing the conditions for realisation and presentation of domestic production from the field of theatre and visual arts, music, film, video, new media; organizing workshops, promotions and discussion and being actively involved in social and political movements, networking the co-operations throughout Yugoslavia.
REX is coverning contemporary culture and promoting creative use of new media by:
- supporting production and presentation of analytical and critical culture;
- promoting values of open and democratic society and culture and art that reflect current civil needs and initiatives;
- carries out projects in collaboration with cultural workers active on local or ex-Yugoslav scene;
- carries out programmes in Belgrade and throughout Serbia with the aim of playing an active part in the European cultural milieu: organizes guest visits of various artists, participates in forums and workshops, initiates and carries out international projects, exchanges programmes and experiences with similar centres;
- insists on working with young people and audience, emphasizing educational aspect of such an activity;
- creates a “free zone” for discussion about current political and social processes.
Some of the REX culture and exchange activities in focus are:
The Crossroads East West programme focus is on detecting and analyzing different processes and projects of intercultural dialogue of existing cultural and artistic project activities, and mapping of intercultural dialogue in Serbia focused on contemporary cultural and artistic sphere in order to explore and better understand the nature and capacity of intercultural dialog in the Eastern and Western Europe. The Crossroads East West intercultural dialogue programme meetings and debates are part of the Engine Room Europe, a three-year project focusing on independent cultural workers and their field of activity.
Engine Room Europe, REX is one of 11 co-organisers in a three-year capacity building project dedicated to the sustainable future of the European independent cultural sector through investment in its cultural workers and their creative processes. This objective will be achieved by a three-year programme of Europe wide activities. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity and sustainability of independent culture in Europe. The project is carried out with the support of the European Commission.
Mission Less Probable is a REX series of public presentations and debates, held by artists, architects, cultural workers, policy makers and NGO activists chiefly from the SEE region with the task of locate and analyse the gaps between aims and real outcomes of the selected case study artistic, architectural, civil society or cultural policy-related production.
Intercultural Dialogues’ Mapping in the Republic of Serbia is a project of Working Group for preservation of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, realized by Serbian Ministry of Culture and Cultural Centre Rex as a partner organization. Project of Mapping and Affirmation of Projects and Processes of Intercultural Dialogues in the Republic of Serbia serve to locate and research different aspects of intercultural dialogues under conditions that are characteristic for Serbia and within the existing cultural, activist or research practice.Tags: access to culture, Beograd, cultural cooperation, cultural production, intercultural dialogue, mobility, Serbia, South East Europe
Pavla Petrová has a professional experience in cultural management working on projects and for large cultural institutions. As a team member of different expert and working groups she was involved in the field of cultural policy and mobility of artists and cultural professionals. In March 2008, Pavla was appointed as the Director of the Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague.
Previously she has been working for the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic focusing on theatre, dance, visual arts, music, literature and libraries. She also worked as the producer manager of the International Festival of New Dance CONFRONTATIONS 2001 and the producer of the Central European Dance Platform 2002. Between 2004 and 2005, as a member of the expert team she helped prepare a first strategic legal instrument in the Czech Republic in the field of arts, “The Concept for More Efficient Support of the Arts in 2007 – 2013″. She has been a national correspondent for the study “Mobility Matters: Programmes and Schemes to Support the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals” (ERICarts, 2008) and the study “Access of Young People to Culture” (InterArts, 2009). Pavla was the Director of the Prague Quadrenniel 2011.
Ms. Petrova is also a vice-chairperson of “The Administrative Board of Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague”, a member of “OMC Working Group on Mobility of Artists and other Culture Professionals” in Brussels, a chairperson of “The Programme Board of Artistic Residencies and Study Scholarships for Artists of the Ministry of Culture”, a member of the Research Team of the Research Grant “Mapping Cultural and Creative Industries in the Czech Republic 2011-2015″ and a member of “The Czech Commission for UNESCO”.access to culture, arts management, cultural management, Czech Republic, mobility of artists, Mobility of Cultural Professionals, performing arts