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TEH Meeting 81
WUK, Vienna

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Free trade gaining ground – A danger for culture?

TTIP from a cultural perspective

Lecture and discussion with Yvonne Gimpel


Staircase 1, Museum

TTIP – a phantom is amongst us. Over 70% of the Austrian population reject it; more than three million EU citizens have petitioned against it. As cryptic as the name are the reliable facts available about the planned free trade agreement between the EU and the USA for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Proponents anticipate impulses for employment and economic growth. Critics warn of an irreversible decline of European standards in areas such as food and occupational safety, environmental standards, and above all, democratic participation.

Until now, the implications for art and culture have not been a topic in the public controversy. But they are equally on the negotiators’ agenda as other areas. The assumption that TTIP doesn’t concern art and culture is a misunderstanding.

So it’s about nothing less than the long-term safeguarding of the cultural-political discretion of every single member state in the EU. Will funding and measures to ensure cultural diversity still be possible? Or will the cultural realm also be determined solely by the economic criteria of the market in the future?

The introductory lecture explores the facts. How much does the TTIP influence the cultural realm? Which positions does the EU take, and the USA? Which strategies have artists developed?

For those interested in the TTIP topic we would also recommend the workshop Campaign? – Campaign!