Cultural Institutions as the Realm of Making the Impossible Possible (2022)
ARCHITECT • HUMAN GEOGRAPHER • PHOTOGRAPHER
This essay addresses the issues of elitism and democratization of the cultural sector globally. Are the culture institutions able to adapt to exsisting currents in our global society, such as tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, equality and acceptance, as well as facing the urgent environmental crisis we are in the midst of, or will their position as pedagogical role models fail to communicate the right messages to us? Our current global society is in a period of rapid changes. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift, a cultural crisis and an environmental crisis. This is a milestone for the domain of culture! You should not be passive and except unrighteousness to take place, but raice your voice, and influence the future path(s) of culture!
The cultural sector is a producer of ideas and concepts that sets the tune to how we relate to urgent societal issues. From a global perspective, some are inclusive and some are noninclusive: there are good institutions and there are bad institutions. Some institutions are reform friendly and some institutions experience stagnation, inertia (resistance to change) and lock-ins. But, take this into account: the author will not make an evaluation of rethorical languages, practices and social rules of specific cultural institutions. This is a system analysis of the domain of culture and its institutional changes of its institutional landscape globally. To accomplish system changes in the cultural sector, has huge impacts on who we invite into our societal discourses and who we leave out, what do we debate and what ideas are left out of the discussion? What are the ideals that the domain of culture communicate? To democratizise the cultural sector, a more inclusive language, open practise and more tolerant social rules, fairness, equality, are required, so that core influential cultural institutions can fulfill their roles a pedagogical ideals in our global society. If we do want system changes, marginalized voices should be taken into account, and elitism, inequality of opportunities, dysfunctionality, non democratic parctices, as well as stagnation, must be scrutinized. The moment and era of the cultural sector as globally inclusive and democratic facilitators is currently unfolding. System changes are inevitably and on its path, and the institutions may choose to adapt or stay dysfunctional. We are at a cultural milestone: what kind of institutions do we want? What is possible and what is impossible, when it comes to system changes of the institutional landscape in the culture sector? We are in an era of radical system changes: do not stand still when the music is on, and the complexities of the rythm in the debate challenges you to dance or sing! System changes does not come into being by themselves, put pressure where pressure is needed. The debate is rolling! Do not be content with global culture institutions that satisfy your needs only. Culture intitutions with global repercussions should mudder and inspire, open your mind and fight for inclusiveness, enhance fairness, communicate increased openness, struggle for equality, and emphasise on a greater and more widespread democratic practice, and tolerance globally.
The Art of Deciphering the Social Role of Culture
Institutional Theory and Cultural Institutions
Functional and Dysfunctional Cultural Institutions
Evolution of the Institutional Landscape Globally
Does the Global Ideals of the Culture Sector Converge with Urgent Cultural Currents in our Global Society?
What is Possible and What is Impossible in the Realm of System Changes of the Institutional Landscape in Our Culture, Globally?
Institutional Changes May Causes System Changes of the Institutional Landscape
What Kinds of Institutions in the Domain of the Culture Do We Want?
How Can We Make the Global Institutional Landscape in the Culture Sector Change for the Better?
Have We Entered a Cultural Crisis?
Are the Culture Institutions Able to Adapt to Exsisting Currents in our Global Society, or will their Position as Pedagogical Role Models Fail to Communicate the Right Messages to Us?
An Environmental Crisis Equals a Cultural Crisis for humanity
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