Except for the statement below where Charlesworth doesn't realise it was
media art that Eshun felt lacked cultural agency, not live art.
True, his argument still applies although, with a few exceptions, media arts
is far more invested in the free market boomtime creative industries ethos
that he lambasts (and the ICA embraced) than live art will ever be.
"...Eshun's blithe comment at the time the closure of the live arts
department - that live art 'lacks cultural urgency' - is indicative of this
confusion between fluid, non-disciplinary notions of curatorial agency,
trend-setter indifference to anything that is not 'now' and the bureaucratic
tendency to withdraw from contacts with practitioners. It wasn't that there
wasn't a lively culture of artistic work being done in live arts at the
time, but simply that a cultural director had passed judgement that it was
no longer relevant. "
From: Curating digital art - www.crumbweb.org
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Excedllent piece on ICA crisis:
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