Oproep 1: Zorgzaam werken in de kunsten
SHADOW tv is being developed as a reaction to recent announcements that seven Flemish arts institutions initiate Podium 19. The proposal evolved from the question: How can we truly achieve transparent, fair and solidary cultural field, if public opinion is being (in)formed by institutions that are only part of the establishment?
In recent years journalism changed world wide. If you talk with a cultural worker one can hear that journalism shifted towards less critical, more storytelling or anecdotal approach, often lacking curiosity and wish to report on less mainstream practices. Often the reporting by mainstream media leans on values defined by museums or art market (or personal connections). However the majority of cultural workers and producers work parallel to mainstream institutions, often standing in opposition to them. A few years back social media was a channel used to communicate presence, but in recent years the visibility is guaranteed only if one can pay for it. Once again profit oriented institutions and corporations gain. I would argue that profit should not be a factor that determines value, in field of culture specially. It is important to acknowledge work by independent and critical spaces and cultural workers as their work is made by, for and with ordinary people. Public media such as Podium 19 should by its nature be populist, meaning that it should "strive to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups." More than all it should be their professional duty to work for people, as they are publicly funded. SHADOW tv derives from the political term shadow ministry whose members are part of opposition. They shadow the positions of each individual member of the cabinet, criticising the actions of the government, as well as offering alternative policies. SHADOW tv program would challenge idea of hierarchy within arts, it will present cultural workers and organisations that present the opposition – against economic models that belong to creative industries, not reproducing mainstream norms, presenting different value systems, being driven by need to stay critical, engaged, disruptive, on margin. To acknowledge someones presence and value, refusing to make anyone invisible, is perhaps the first and basic step of care.
The organisational structure of SHADOW tv, as well as programming scheme should be in the service of the arts sector and public in large. It is thought as Public Broadcasting Service, an independent, noncommercial television program, part of Podium 19, but keeps its programming independent. It should operate with public and government funding instead of with revenues from advertising. It is used to distribute educational and cultural program for free by broadcasting and online.
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- partners: independent organisations/networks/cultural workers - to think together about organisational structure of SHADOW tv - Flanders Arts Institute could also help by lobbying that SHADOW tv program becomes integral part of Podium 19 while keeping programming independent, and to negotiate that part of funding is allocated from Podium 19 to SHADOW tv for a production of the program broadcasted on Podium 19 - to co-produce SHADOW tv Pilote, to be broadcasted on Podium 19