On March 31st 2016, The Soft Power Lectures (3/6) took place at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA). The lecture and discussion «Where will you go after this?» addressed the exotic view of Athens as “a southern experiment of creative sustainability in times of crisis, and as a body of resistance that can educate, suggest strategies of survival and, through alternative economies and communitarian practices, a novel way to make art without money.”
Despoina Zefkili examined this issue, through the lens of a European landscape of precarity, of cuts in funding for cultural programs and the humanities as well as the establishment of art as an unpaid hobby. During the discussion with students, the emphasis and positive connotation of fixed reference points for both institutions and the art scene (such as flexibility, sustainability, performativity, resourcefulness, creativity, informality, etc.) was problematized.
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