"But unlike the Belgium detectives, such as Poirot, we don’t have any clues about the crime.
We don’t have an idea.
We don’t have Art anymore.
And if we don’t want to perpetuate this problem infinitely (the self-eating 8 which is the mathematical symbol of the infinite), then we have to separate the tail from the mouth.
What does this mean in practical terms?
It means that when we read the topic of this conference - “The current challenges and opportunities in the funding of Arts and Culture -, this theme is usually, in the eyes of the public, intertwined with economic, political or social issues. (...)"
"But let’s face it:
Just like the 'concrete' politics of the 80s in Portugal, with their famous highways, in Culture we have only seen bulldozers destroying gate-kept environments to impose Highways that connect Structures which organize hypothetical Intersections between Players that communicate in the language of the U.S.E.C. In Culture today, as when building highways, someone has to sell their land for someone to speculate over it. In Culture, as in highways, to get in, to that space that years before was your garden, you have to start playing by the rules: pay to get in; be fined and punished if you don’t follow the law; meanwhile, accidents will be fatal; you don’t have to have contact with reality if you are privileged to have one of those voices giving you directions; and you will get anywhere before the others if you have a better vehicle."
in "Musing on Culture" - Special post: André e. Teodósio on The United States of European Culture.