IETM Dublin 2013 - international network for contemporary performing arts
Over a three-year series of plenary meetings IETM has been exploring themes linking the arts with contemporary society : ownership, collaboration, participation in political life, rights, ideas and ideals. Here comes a big one: Trust. IETM colleagues in Dublin and Brussels have been discussing ideas around the theme for months now, and it seems to become more pertinent every day. Who, after all, do we trust? As societies in Europe continue to change, whether it is due to recession, austerity cuts, revelations of clerical abuse or the rise of fascism, how do we, as citizens, trust those in authority? How do we as artists, curators, producers and cultural workers trust one another and the structures built to support our work? How do our audiences learn to trust us, to support the development of new types of work and models of presentation? How has the swift advance of technology changed the way we relate to one another? Has it impacted on our ability to trust one another?
It is trust that creates the conditions for any change to occur; it is trust that binds communities; it is trust that allows any sense of democracy to exist. Without it, without the values that will allow trust in our fellow humans to be strong again, it will be impossible for us to get out of the critical state in which we find ourselves now.
We look forward to welcoming you to take part in three days of discussion and networking alongside an artistic programme which will offer you the chance to meet some of the most exciting artists making performance in Ireland today. The artistic programme is being curated especially for you by Cian O’Brien of Project Arts Centre, in close collaboration with colleagues and the local performing arts community. We are encouraging local performance makers to plan ways in which they can build trust with you and have an honest discourse about the reality of their work, and the social and cultural contexts in which they operate. We are encouraging them (and you) to think about artistic aspirations, hopes and fears for the future, and how these things can be discussed candidly with old friends and newly-met international peers.
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