The premiere of the book will feature two authors of texts: Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt (GB) and Jan Sowa (PL)
European Cultural Policies 2015. A Report with Scenarios on the Future of Public Funding for Contemporary Art in Europe is a publication edited by Maria Lind and Raimund Minichbauer, which presents the current situation of funding for art and culture as well as forecasts and strategies that are experimental and alternative to the already existing ones. Polish version features new texts by Kuba Szreder and Jan Sowa.
Maria Lind was born in Stockholm in 1966. Since 2005 director of Iaspis (International Artist Studio Program inSweden) in Stockholm. 2002–2004 she was the director ofKunstverein München where she together with a curatorial team—consisting at different times of Sören Grammel, Katharina Schlieben, Tessa Praun, Ana Paula Cohen and Judith Schwarzbart—ran a programme which involved artists such as Deimantas Narkevicius, Oda Projesi, Bojan Sarcevic, Philippe Parreno and Marion von Osten. The format of a retrospective, or survey, was explored in a one-year long retrospective with Christine Borland 2002–2003, only ever showing one piece at a time and a retrospective project in the form of a seven-day long workshop with Rirkrit Tiravanija. The group project Totally motivated: A sociocultural maneouvre was a collaboration between ﬁve curators and ten artists looking at the relationship between ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’ art and culture. From 1997–2001 she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholmand, in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s biennale of contemporary art. Responsible for Moderna Museet Projekt, Lind worked with artists on a series of 29 commissions that took place in a temporary project-space, or within or beyond the Museum in Stockholm. There she also curated What if: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design, ﬁltered by Liam Gillick. Lind was one of 10 contributing curators to Phaidon’s Fresh Cream book, and she has contributed widely to magazines including Index(where she was on the editorial board). She has been teaching at different art schools since the early 90s.
Raimund Minichbauer was born in 1963. Degree in performance and communication studies from the Universityof Vienna. Worked as dramatic adviser. Since 1995 has conducted a wide range of studies and research projects in the cultural sector. Co-director of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp), currently member of the co-ordination teams of the transnational art/culture and research projects TRANSFORM (http://transform.eipcp.net) and translate (http://translate.eipcp.net). Recent publications: republicart practices, Vienna: eipcp 2005 (ed. by Bernhard Hummer, Therese Kaufmann, Raimund Minichbauer, Gerald Raunig, http://www.republicart.net/art/index.htm), Regional Strategies. On Spatial Aspects of European Cultural Policy, Vienna: eipcp 2005 (http://www.eipcp.net/policies/text/reg-strat_en.htm).
Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt - having worked as a curator in London, Glasgow and the Nordic countries, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt receded from direct participation to concentrate on research into the infrastructure of the art world, its institutions and economies. Committed to the use of investigative research in exposing elites, she retains a belief in the radical potential of art.
Jan Sowa was born in 1976. He studied Polish studies, philosophy and psychology at the Jagiellonian University inCracow and Paris 8 University in Saint-Denis. Ph.D. in sociology. Together with Piotr Marecki, he founded Korporacja Ha!art foundation. Currently he chairs the board of the foundation and edits “Linia Radykalna”. Co-founder of the Goldex Poldex Cooperative. He worked as a journalist in the Polish Radio and as a curator in Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Cracow. Author and editor of several books in psychology, sociology and social critique. He published a collection of essays Sezon w teatrze lalek (Season at the Puppetry) (2003) and a book Ciesz się, późny wnuku! Kolonializm, globalizacja i demokracja radykalna (Be happy tardy grandson. Colonialism, globalisation and radical democracy) (2008). Author of several dozens of texts published both in Poland and abroad in, among others “Ha!art”, “Praesens”, “Lampa”, “Obywatel”, “Krytyka Polityczna”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Zielone Brygady” and “2+3D” magazine. Academic employee at the Culture Institute of the Jagiellonian University.
Kuba Szreder graduated from sociology at theJagiellonian University. He works primarily as a curator and creator of interdisciplinary projects pertaining to art, social thought and critique as well as political activity. He establishes projects in the public space and curated the conference ‘Opening space. Locating public art’ in Warsaw, autumn 2007. Author and editor cooperating with “Obieg”, “Res Publica Nowa”, “Kresy” and Cracow’s publishing house Korporacja Ha!art, which published Futuryzm Miast Przemysłowych (Futurism of industrial cities), a book that he co-edited.
[transl. Łukasz Mojsak]