Featuring: Saul Albert (UK), Diane Ragsdale (US/NL), Hans Abbing (NL)
With austerity budgets slicing into the civil service, healthcare,
education, and the arts across Europe, it's a prime moment to stop
and assess what we as a society value and hold dear. The straw man
argument usually goes that hospitals are more important than art
galleries, but is a society with no cultural expression worth living
in? We can put a man on the moon, so can't we balance a budget so
that people have good local hospitals and a nice film festival to
attend, too? Our society has evolved in an amazing way -- flush
toilets! airplanes! smartphones! -- and yet when it comes to
investing in culture, it can feel like we never left the cave.
This debate will focus on the finer points of how we think about
culture and money, and how we can get out of the losing argument
with our austerity-minded leaders. Guiding the conversation will be
a cultural economist with experience both in Europe and the US
(Diane Ragsdale), an artist-economist with insides into both fields (Hans Abbing) and a representative from The
People Speak, who masterminded the Who Wants To Be? gameshow/social
experiment that saw V2_ audiences spending around 1000 Euro together
at the previous night's Test_Lab (Saul Albert).
Following a brief talk show with Diane, Hans and Saul, the
audience will join us at the interactive Talkaoke table designed
by The People Speak! Talkaoke is a UFO-shaped glowing table with
embedded interactive surprises that get people involved and talking
to each other. The debate is sure to be animated and heated, as we
challenge each other on how economic prosperity and cultural
vibrancy can co-exist.
Blowup: Show Me The Money (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.
After the event, the Blowup e-Book Reader for this event is available for download.
Admission Free if you attended Test_Lab: Who Wants To Be...? on the previous evening!
Free entrance for students (college card)
€5,- for everyone else