APEngine closing note
28.07.11
APEngine was an online journal project produced by Animate Projects. A space for debate and discussion across the area of moving image practice from a range of perspectives and a place in which to encounter and engage with different creative and critical ideas. APEngine launched at onedotzero‘s Adventures in Motion September 2009 and was Media Partner to AURORA 2009 in November. It was produced by Animate Projects – a ...
How art became tied to economics: Adam Pugh reflects on the State of Things
16.12.10
Something’s got to give. There’s no room for imagination in market economics, and much less room for petty competition in art. If we really want a world-class ‘culture’, whatever that catch-all blandism means now, we’ve got to break the link with profit and short-termism. We’ve got to be brave: we can’t forcibly tie it to economic regeneration or hokum regional imperatives; much less to sport. ...
What next for cultural film funding?
21.11.10
Adam Pugh on the death throes of the UKFC (Part 2) With the UK Film Council in its death throes and the lottery funds it once administered to be lodged with the British Film Institute, funding for the moving image in this country is set to change. Whilst a far from perfect solution, it nevertheless represents a chance that a more real and fuller landscape of ...
The Film Council is dead: long live film funding
18.11.10
Adam Pugh on the death throes of UKFC (Part 1) Let us be clear from the outset – quite apart from the forthcoming cuts to the arts, and the wholesale disassembly of the mechanics of central government in favour of X Factor-style self-governance – any government which manages to maintain a £45bn defence budget at the cost of new schools and hospitals must be disingenuous at ...
How public funding peddles a private agenda: Adam Pugh reflects on The State of Things
07.09.10
The real issue for those starting out in the moving image? The path from business to central government is a well-trodden, visible though grubby one, and the step onto funding agencies, in the case of the moving image, is only a couple of paces further on. Government is in thrall to big business, and the policies handed down to quangos make sure that business gets ...
How regionalisation led to homogenisation: Adam Pugh reflects on the State of Things
03.08.10
Art is seen, increasingly, as but another means of realising capital, or something that can be traded for capital. ‘Culture’ has been industrialised and the word itself become shorthand for one of many guises of the mighty ‘Leisure Industry’. It follows that new cultural projects have come to be regarded as ‘quick-win’ vehicles to realise ‘economic regeneration’, citing the successes of existing projects that have ...
How thinking became a dirty word: Adam Pugh reflects on The State of Things
08.06.10
Whilst the particular brand of endemic short-termism and myopia we’re faced with in the UK at the moment is depressing, it is a symptom rather than the cause of the problem. There is a fundamental disconnect in the way that the moving image is perceived in the UK which goes far deeper than the mercurial policies of funding agencies or even governments: rather than being ...