the emancipatory
potential of
cultural practice

TEH Meeting 81
WUK, Vienna

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All Art is Political

Key note speech by Sandy Fitzgerald

Staircase 2, Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Drawing on his many years experience as a culture activist, manager, and artist and his longstanding involvement with Trans Europe Halles, Sandy Fitzgerald will look at the history of arts and activism, referencing his own journey since the 1960s to the present day. In particular, he will address the issue of independent cultural centres within the context of politics, exploring their original intentions and origins and how their development has influenced and affected today’s generation of cultural workers.

He will argue that the challenges people are facing now are not new and stem from the same root causes, which have existed since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Using examples of cultural centres and cultural movements, he will highlight how arts and culture have responded to critical questions, such as inequality, exclusion, conflict, and sustainability and then place current issues and crises within the context of this history.

He will then endeavour to define what role cultural centres play in society, particularly with regard to their political and social responses at this time of crisis and into the future.