art 2004/1

Ieva Kuizinienė

Margarita Starkevičiūtė

Elona Bajorinienė

Gintaras Karosas

Deimantas Narkevičius

Elżbieta Jabłoņska. Instaliacija Virtuvė. 2003
Paroda „Po baltai raudona vėliava“. Vilnius, Šiuolaikinio meno centras (2004 03 19–05 02)

The Role of a Creator and Culture in the Changing Europe

The discussion featured Margarita Starkevičiūtė, finance analyst, Elona Bajorinienė, director of the European Cultural Programs Centre, Gintaras Karosas, president of the public agency "Europos Parkas&", and the artist Deimantas Narkevičius. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Ieva Kuizinienė, head of UNESCO Culture Management and Cultural Policy Chair at the Vilnius Art Academy.

The discussion focused on the questions of Lithuania’s chances to establish itself on the international cultural market and the changing opportunities of individual artists. It was pointed out that understanding of culture in Lithuania today is most often limited to visual and performing arts. There is an opposition between culture and economy, often perpetuated by the culture side. Cultural leaders of the old mentality tend to resist changes regarding structures or the redistribution of funds. Lithuania still has not achieved the stage when social responsibility becomes part of modern businesses agenda, including support to culture, as the situation is in the developed Western countries. Artists, on the other hand, still take it for granted that creative achievement must receive material remuneration.
The Accession to the European Union does not seem to open any additional resources to finance culture, as the cultural programmes are allocated just 0.1% of the EU budget. Changes may happen though in the sphere of culture organization, stimulated by the new dynamic context. Also, the European Union is sure to bring challenges of cultural competition to Lithuania, which after 1990 experiences a certain downgrading of culture caused by the fact that Lithuania became almost mono-ethnic state.
Meanwhile, individual artists do not expect the recent political processes to impact directly their careers. The international art scene has its own internal regulations, and no political decisions have direct impact on it. Its accelerated infrastructure promotes the new and makes it difficult for the artists to keep up with that speed.