Young professionals expect to see “invisibilized” stories and knowledge find a place in the academic spaces of knowledge production, in the heritage spaces, in the public space, in the archives, or in performance venues. Nevertheless, they struggle to articulate these objectives of transforming the modes of production of knowledge with a professional environment that is still very hierarchical and conservative. Working environments are becoming more and more specialized, more and more competitive, more and more standardized.
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Within our Shakin project
We benchmarked incubators and platforms in Europe that develop support systems for so-called ethical and fair cultural projects. We identified 16 “platforms” from Germany, Netherlands, the UK, France, Serbia, Spain/Hungary/Finland, … and described activities, wordings, facilities, and profiles of the projects and beneficiaries… We particularly focused on semantics, paradigms, ambition, and purposes. The issue was to check how these types of services could fit and be adapted to cultural projects that are subaltern-oriented.
- Guides/resources online
- Coaching/mentoring by peers
- Training (from short courses to Master degrees)
- Professional networking and hubs
- Residencies and coworking spaces
- Café, gallery, conviviality
- Design thinking and innovative thinking
Most of these incubators present themselves as platforms for Entrepreneurship. All the semantics are business and market oriented. The imagination of the start-up is clearly developed: competition (prize, “succeed or die”), products, customers, media, technology, prototype, decision-makers…
Creativity and innovation are the “magical words”, used without any preliminary definition. The collaborative work is also valued (“teampreneurs”) as a model of efficiency. Nevertheless transversality, interdisciplinarity, intersectoral are mentioned as keys of success.
A few platforms put forward social transformation, social significance, intercultural understanding, ethical approach. They mention commitment and political challenge. The semantics are social and artistic oriented. The semantic insists sometimes on complexity and mentions critical and controversial discussion.
Residencies are mentioned as refuge, free zone, no conventions, retreat to preserve artists from pressures, to devote time for research. Time must not be a constraint and there are no obligations for a delivery. Ecology is mentioned in its holistic significance (versus green economy). Collective production and cooperation are valued as well as multifocal learning processes. Solidarity and friendship are sometimes mentioned.