Framing The ‘Fabric’

Ryan Falzon, Karsten Xuereb, Alexandra Pace, Pierre Portelli, Raphael Vella

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109/110 – Education

It is no secret that the educational sector does not prioritise creative literacy. Decreasing exposure at the formative level results in a less interested public, both in the present and in the future. What initiatives can interested parties explore to amend this lack? How are these cuts to education informing how new generations relate to culture?

111 – Two different worlds

Bridging different priorities like societal impact and organic growth is a challenge. Quantification is a tried and tested model that scales well across a great many sectors. It does however fall flat when trying to apply it to more creative sectors.

112 – Vacuum

Creators are very often too absorbed in their endeavours to discern which requests are reasonable (of the status quo) and which aren’t. How can we encourage a dialogue between the different parties to form a more unified effort for common goals

113 – Can’t or Shouldn’t?

There is not enough distance between cultural entities and interested parties which may lead to populist driven decision-making when designing agendas. How can we exploit this idiosyncratic feature of the local experience and turn it into a feature to further democratise cultural initiatives without leaving cultural minorities behind?

114 – Entitlement

Creating a long-term political initiative might alleviate an increasingly fragmented cultural sector – a sector that has fallen prey to a neo-liberal model of competition. How can we strike a balance between the better aspects of a competitive model and a collaborative initiative to embody the proper role of the arts in society?

115 – Visual Literacy? 

There is an intrinsic ‘solitude’ to the creative process, reaching out to collaborate or develop one’s ideas is not necessarily a matter of course during this process. It is therefore important that a solid background is built during the formative years of education. Both as a practitioner and as an end-user (the audience) a good level of exposure to bedrock concepts like visual literacy is of utmost importance.

116 – Run to the Hills

It is very difficult to quantify the impact of art on any particular person. It is even harder to forecast where and how this impact manifests itself. Bearing in mind how streamlined (accelerated) the process of becoming a professional practitioner has become, what, if anything, is being lost to this? Furthermore, how should we guard and protect against the potential nostalgia for the days of yore?

SESSION 01:  Framing The ‘Fabric’
Ryan Falzon, Karsten Xuereb, Alexandra Pace, Pierre Portelli, Raphael Vella