Restructure: on qualitative modes of culture & knowledge production

Announcing the publication of the E-book Re-structure conference proceedings (edited by J.H. Brüggemeier & H. Davies) published by Unlikely Journal for Creative Arts

Featuring participants from performance, fashion, creative arts, gaming, media and community intervention, the Re-structure conference explored both broader sustainable strategies as well as “clever partial solutions” to cultural and knowledge production in a post-public sector environment.

Authors included Stephen Healy, Maria Miranda, Grace McQuilten and Anthony White, Jon Hawkes, Katharine McKinnon, Vic McEwan and Joan Staples.

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The Re-structure conference in 2014 looked at the current state of the arts, and considered alternative modes of culture and knowledge production within times of shrinking public expenditures. Featuring participants from performance, fashion, creative arts, gaming, media and community intervention, the event explores both broader sustainable strategies as well as “clever partial solutions” to cultural and knowledge production in a “post-public” sector environment.

In seeking alternatives, the Re-structure conference looked to the proliferation of smaller scale community economies worldwide, in both on and offline environments, and to the modes of cultural production and knowledge exchange with other sectors such as environmental NGOs. We explain this brief history to establish an important context – to inform the reader that the essays collected together here were written under the shadow of the extraordinary changes proposed by Brandis and Abbott.