NEW WAYS OF CREATING, PRODUCING AND REPRESENTING ARTS AND CULTURE: what do we have in common?"
Not only in Belgium the arts field suffers from ideological threats from the far right. We witness all over Europe how a growing nationalism tries to dismantle the world of art and culture as we know it since the Enlightenment. We hear more and more pleas for the defence of the cultural heritage and a rejection of the free arts. The heavy cuts in the funding in many European countries can be regarded as a form of ideological punishment. Many artists and cultural organizations are developing new strategies not only to resist those threats but also in trying to prefigure new ways of creating, producing and representing arts and culture. Often related to the question of what we have in common.
Dominique Willaert is the artistic director of Victoria Deluxe, a community arts-based organisation in the city of Ghent. Together
with his colleagues, he is an active member of the State of the Arts (SOTA) - an open platform to reimagine the conditions that shape
the art world today. He is delegated as an independent expert in the board of 3 important museums in the city of Gent. He was trained
as a psychotherapist and theatre and filmmaker. In 2018, he was one of the initiators of the four-day alternative summit
and structures that foster a different societal order.