Zygmunt Bauman’s “Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire, or the Arts between Administration and the Markets”

In response to the devastating 2009 funding cuts to art and culture in BC, propagated by the provincial Liberal government, January’s meeting will feature the essay “Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire, or the Arts between Administration and the Markets” from Zygmunt Bauman’s Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

A renowned social thinker, Bauman’s conception of a liquid modern world urges us to think in new ways about the seemingly infinite and challenging fluidity of contemporary life. Contrasted to the idea of a solid modernity that preceded it, our modern state is characterized by social forms and institutions that are fleeting to the point that they no longer serve as reliable points of reference from which to organize our lives. The arts, “whose purpose is to explore, pave and chart the roads that human culture may [or may not] follow” are in constant competition with managers, “whose control over human conduct and the manipulation of probabilities is in the last account a bid to control the future.” In removing policy support for art and culture, and insisting that art and culture subordinate itself to consumer markets, what kind of future is our provincial government attempting to manifest, and do we want to be a part of it?

THOUGHT ON FILM
reading Zygmunt Bauman’s “Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire, or the Arts between Administration and the Markets”
Cineworks studio [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
19 January 2010, 18:00
Free

Facilitated by cheyanne turions