UNDERSTANDING URBAN ALTERNATIVE CULTURAL PRODUCTION

By Enrico Bertacchini and Francesco Puletti

From the ashes of the creative city paradigm, there is a growing awareness of the urban creative economy as a complex adaptive system of intertwined actors and institutions. Yet, especially in the European context, little attention has been given to understanding informal and alternative art spaces and venues that contribute to the vibrancy of the urban cultural scene.

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CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: UNDERSTANDING THE MARKET FOR MEANING

By Yu-Yu Chang, Jason Potts, and Hui-Yu Shih

Cultural commodities, whether goods or services, are vehicles for conveying cultural and creative content. Consumers perceive value in these goods or services when they successfully deliver symbolic meaning rather than simply accomplishing utilitarian or functional purposes. Therefore, cultural entrepreneurs are not necessarily artists, but those who discover opportunities by observing and creating connections between the subjective meanings of the cultural production and the meanings mutually developed across consumer networks, groups and markets.

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BEYOND THE REALM OF CASH: STREET PERFORMERS AND DONATIONS IN THE ONLINE WORLD

By Meg Elkins and Tim R.L. Fry

The exchange for money between street performers and audiences is a changing landscape. Using unique data from an online platform The Busking Project we investigate what type of street performers, who engage with the platform, are more likely to receive donations and which characteristics generate higher dollar amounts of donations.

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A VALUE-BASED APPROACH APPLIED TO PUBLIC BROADCASTERS

By Pawan V. Bhansing and Arjo Klamer

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Public broadcasters are in heavy weather because of changes in the media landscape. It is precisely these circumstances that make it important to set and maintain a course. What is the direction they are heading? What purpose do they serve? How do they answer the why question? Our investigation distilled their most important core value: creating a liveable society. Continue reading “A VALUE-BASED APPROACH APPLIED TO PUBLIC BROADCASTERS”

THE CHANGING SOCIAL ECONOMY OF ART, ARE THE ARTS BECOMING LESS EXCLUSIVE?

By Hans Abbing

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Respect for art is high, also among those who do not consume serious art, though subsidy cuts testify of a decreasing respect for the “serious arts”. In spite of cuts, the so-called “excellent art”, like the very costly performances of certain high-end opera companies, continues to receive much public support —support of which almost exclusively well-to-do people profit. The performances are sometimes innovative, but not more than most of the less costly performances.

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IS THERE A ROLE FOR THE ARTIST IN THE FORMATION OF VALUE?

By Francesco Angelini and Massimiliano Castellani

The art market literature is still lacking a detailed analysis of the artist’s role in the formation process of artworks’ value. In order to improve the understanding of this process, we discuss what value is, how it is studied, and how it is ultimately influenced by the artist.

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