Policy - Art - Professionalization

The Différance Engine, in the post Arts Inclusion as Surveillance, critiques a 2001 report by Arts Council England that develops policy and implementation guidelines for "socially inclusive" practice in arts programming. The post offers a strong indictment of the report, but the spirit of the critique can be employed more broadly to "professionalization" in the arts as well- think here of the codification of professional policies and procedures in curatorial studies or art historical methodologies. In such regulatory ensembles "...the arts are treated as tools within a wider behavioural regulatory mechanism..." or participants are "...tasked to ensure that individual desire conforms to public policy." For the record, The Différance Engine has some serious theoretical chops and is worth reading regularly.

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