Quo vadis ars?

The situation in the cultural sector has been described and discussed in numerous interviews, corona diaries, comments and reports in the past few weeks. Our annotated collection of currently 193 sources gathers voices from different sectors and media. This creates a picture of the cultural landscape in crisis, whose temporal transformation can be explored interactively via a dedicated tag cloud.


Lost Art . Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy

by Richard Florida, Michael Seman (11 Aug 2020)
Original source: Brookings Report

This Brookings Institution report, written by the economists Seman and Richard Florida, analyses the economic situation in the cultural industry of the USA in the period of April 1 to July 31, 2020. It estimates nationwide losses for the creative industries to be $150 billion, on everything from tickets and concert merchandise to paintings and music lessons. Of the 50 states, California will be hit hardest in terms of absolute losses for creative industries and occupations, New York City will be the hardest-hit metropolitan area. The fine and performing arts industries w ill be hit hardest loosing 50% of all jobs and more than a quarter of all lost sales nationwide. Nevertheless the authors of the detailed 30 pages report see an opportunity for communities to shift to locally sourced culture.

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tag USA New York Kalifornien Schließungen Arbeitsplatzverlust Federal Art Project lokales Publikum Umsatzeinbruch
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Besucheransturm auf Museen nach Lockdown bleibt offenbar aus
Visitor rush on museums after lockdown apparently is missing

by Wolfgang Ullrich (14 Jul 2020)
Original source: Deutschlandfunk

The museums are open again, but the expected visitors are missing in many houses. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio, Wolfgang Ullrich explains why the offer is so hesitantly accepted and how the museums will change in the coming years.
An important approach for understanding the hesitant return of visitors after the opening of the museums lies in the changed perception of the museum visit.The idea still prevailed that visitor contemplate before the works and enjoy the peace and quiet. In that context, it is often forgotten that the museum has become an im portant social place. You visit it with friends and acquaintances to experience something there. This is not yet the case. The obligation to wear masks and the limited number of visitors is a deterrent to many people.
Wolfgang Ullricht basically assumes that the exhibitions will change in the next few years. Large blockbuster exhibitions will no longer be economically viable with lower visitor numbers. Museums will therefore have to concentrate more on their collections again and use these to design attractive exhibitions for a local audience. 

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tag Museen Besucherzahlen lokales Publikum Onlineangebote Blockbuster
Visual Arts/Design Interview

Contra: Kunst hat eine schlechte Klimabilanz . Pro und Contra Kulturreisen
Contra: Art has a poor carbon footprint . The pros and cons of cultural travel

by Catrin Lorch (05 Jul 2020)
Original source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

With the new requirements for visiting exhibitions, mega-exhibitions are a thing of the past. Visitor numbers are becoming incalculable, and even the municipalities themselves will probably be short of money in the near future. With a reduced number of visitors, horrendous costs for loaning and for the exhibition concept can no longer be paid. It is not only the climate balance and economic efficiency, but also common sense that calls for a return to the local audience.

tag Bildende Kunst Kulturtourismus Klimabilanz lokales Publikum
Performing Arts/ Cinema Diskussion



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The Team

Facing arts is a projet by STORM.

STORM is an acronym playing with the initials by Miriam Seidler & Tim Otto Roth, who are hit both by the Corona crisis. Dr. Miriam Seidler is a scholar in German literature and currently works as specialist in public relations. Dr. Tim Otto Roth is a scholar in art and science history and works as a conceptual artist and composer. He is known for his huge projects in public space, cooperations with leading scientific institutions and his immersive sound and light installations. Miriam and Tim collaborate regularly for years. With facing arts they reaslize their first common art project.
You find more informatin on both initiators on www.miriamseidler.de and www.imachination.net.

Special thanks to Paco Croket for the tag cloud programming!

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