Quoting Corina Suteu, president of ECUMEST (Europe, Culture Management in Eastern Europe): "mobility is increasingly becoming a key word in artistic practice, cultural management and policy. Yet, like all 'jargon', it means many things to many people."
What role does mobility play in our project?
The Mobile Museums, which are predecessors of the Mobile Studios, were mainly focussed on the fact that an increased mobility of collections would be key if international audiences were to share and enjoy cultural goods and heritage- across national boundaries. On this basis, the Mobile Museums were conceived as a model for a travelling artists' museum. After the completion of the project we asked ourselves what would be the next step in the evolution of this mobile art project. Soon it became clear, that we have to put an emphasis on the fact that we are weaving networks while moving around. During the tour of the Mobile Studios we will establish a connected community through exchange programs, artistic collaboration projects, wireless conferences and so on. Speaking about mobility, the most important questions are: which notions of mobility are exisiting within this network? And: does everybody within this network of cultural operators have the same freedom of moving around?

Mobility as a cultural practice means much more than actually getting from here to there. It also includes many site-effects, sometimes turning into severe obstacles that prevent cultural operators (and their projects) from being mobile: "the inadequacy of professional networks (...) lack of facilities for artists and cultural workers from other countries (...) shortcomings in national regulations for international subsidiary programs (...) or the restrictive definition of the circumstances under which grants and subsidies may be paid." quote from the research paper of Prof. Oliver Audéoud, Université de Paris X, Study on the mobility and free movement of people and products in the cultural sector.

During our research trip to Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Gdansk in November/ December 2005 we learned that in almost any of the SEE countries there are similar problems in disseminating and promoting artists' work outside their countries of origin: this might be due to a lack of a functioning art market and/or communication structures. Additionally, there is a language barrier, the high costs for artists travelling around the European Union as well as a general lack of European artist exchange programs. Above all, the most important question is: how can we heighten the interest of and demand for international artists’ work? How does this current lack of interest influence the mobility of artists and cultural operators especially from Eastern European countries? Which actions will have to be taken in the future to ensure an equal level of mobility within the European community of cultural producers?
We hope, that the sum total of our artistic interventions, talks and collaborative workshops that will take place during the tour of the Mobile Studios from April to May 2006 will shed more light on these issues.

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mobility | networks | urban interventions | communication | collections | cultural policies | cooperation | talk | internet

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Susa Pop | Hans J. Wiegner | Ela Kagel

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The concept of the Mobile Studios

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Mobile Studios | Mobile Museums

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