In fact, networking among cultural operators is not an invention of the highly communicative 1990s, since the first cultural networks have been established already at the turn of the century before. The UNESCO played a major role in building up network structures, mostly in supporting the national NGOs that came into existence from the late 50s on. Ever since, the network model has undergone many shifts and changes. Today, we find ourselves in a variety of networks, even adding more and more branches to existing network structures - for example with the Mobile Studios.
What is the nature of a cultural network? What are the minimum requirements when it comes to sustainability, impact and international output? How much are they depending on centralized structures?
What are the reasons for joining networks ( for example: generating synergetic effects, raising the awareness for modern art forms that up to now enjoy little popularity especially in the SEE countries and - not to forget: raising money for projects which can only be realised in an international framework)?

During our workshop series at the Berlin Goethe Forum on the 17th february 2006 we are awaiting more insight in these issues from our inspiring lecturers:

- Inauguration speech by Christoph Bertrams, director of Forum Goethe-Institut, Berlin.

- Made in EU culture? On bureaucracy and participation by Zora Jaurova, coordinator of Cultural Contact Point of the European Commission/ Culture 2000 in Bratislava.

- Public arts in Southeastern Europe: identity construction, esthetic challenge or political provocation by Milena Dragicevic Sesic, former president of University of Arts, Belgrade, head of UNESCO chair in Interculturalism, Art Management and Mediation, professor of Cultural Policy & Cultural Management, Cultural studies, Media studies.

- Cultural Mobility & Cooperation by Kathelijn Verstraete, communication manager of IETM and .

- by Bettina Knaup, project manager of Laboratory of European Cultural Cooperation / European Cultural Foundation (ECF).

- Organised Networks by Geert Lovink, media theorist, net critic and author of Dark Fiber, Uncanny Networks and My first Recession.




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