artscd has written 9 posts for Arts as Cultural Diplomacy

Weekly theme: Art and Democracy

by Letizia Binda-Partensky

Rafael’s School of Athens represents the revival, in the High Renaissance, of core values inherited from the classical era. Two founding fathers of political philosophy occupy center stage: Plato, pointing to the sky, and Aristotle, to the ground. Continue reading


Beyond Legality, Reality

By Giulia Laura Muscarella (ACD Programme Coordinator)

Giulia responds to Elisabeth Alber’s introduction to Alto Adige/Südtirol: https://artsasculturaldiplomacy.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/legal-ground-for-blooming-identity-focus-on-sudtyrolalto-adige/

The political solution of the legal ground for the Alto Adige/Südtirol area could become the assumption for a rigid multiculturalism without any perspective of intercultural growth.

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Legal Ground for Blooming Identity – Focus on Südtirol/Alto-Adige

by Letizia Binda-Partensky(ICD Programme Coordinator)

Researcher Elisabeth Abler of the Institute for Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy in Bolzano discusses the special statute constitutional status of the linguistically and culturally diverse autonomous province of Südtirol/Alto-Adige. She recounts the path to the constitutional accommodation of historically co-existing identities. Listen to the Interview

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For Europeans Only, pre-European Union

Music defining Europe prior to the quest for a shared European identity.  Continue reading

Structural Violence – When Art meets Politics at Art Laboratory Berlin

by Letizia Binda-Partensky (ICD News Program Director)

During the June Academy Session, the ICD gathered with artist Christian de Lutz at Arts Laboratory Berlin to speak with visual artist, curator and co-founder Christian de Lutz. Artists in Dialog: My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain, held from April 29th to June 26th, brings together the neon sculptures, photographs, texts and videos of Al Fadhil and Aissa Deebi. Looking beyond the boundaries of image, language and description, the Palestinian-American and Iraqi-Swiss artists connect arts and politics by sharing the grief surrounding the loss of a brother to national unrest.  Christian de Lutz brings us more insight on the interaction between these two fields.

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Weekly Theme: Arts and Identity – By Letizia Binda-Partensky, ICD program coordinator

Artistic practices, as cultural products, make a map through which a culture can be read. Visual arts and oral or written traditions pertaining to a specific cultural group allow people to define themselves according to specific reference points. The same cultural products, uprooted and recast in a different context, take on the role of vessels used to define the culture of origin. Traveling cultural products are displayed or showcased through a different set of cultural practices. Continue reading

The Battle for Nusvenska

by Alex Wells (News Team Programme Coordinator)

A typical day in Sweden might go a bit like this. You watch public service television, and eat fast food; if you have know-how, you make en deal; you wear en t-shirt, chatta on the net and watch en stand-up comedian perform live. As the forces of globalization and new media  relentlessly march forward, all the while creating new possibilities for cultural contact, the old boundaries of language begin to seep—and Swedish is no exception. Continue reading

Iron Curtain Aesthetics : A Symbol Revisited

by Leonie Rouenhoff and Maria Walter (ACD Programme Coordinators)

One of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions is the so-called ‘East Side Gallery.’ It consists of a remnant of the historical wall, located between Station Warschauer Strasse and Oberbaumbruecke. Twenty years after its fall, a formerly threatening presence has been turned into something bright and colorful. Continue reading

Teutonic Nights: How Europe Turned The Tide on American Culture

by John O’Leary (News Team Programme Coordinator)

Being young and ambitious in the cultural vacuum of post-war Germany was to be suffocated by the weight of history inherited from the misdeeds of another generation. To be young and African-American in Detroit in the Nineteen Eighties was to face the frustration of a limited future with no opportunity to rise above social expectations. Despite the gulf in culture, a common bond was formed between these youth movements through a shared obsession for industrial rhythms. Continue reading

The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy ConferenceAugust 21st, 2013


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