Directed by George Yúdice with the participation of Maurizio Lazzarato, Ana Carla Fonseca Reis, Gerardo Mosquera and Stephen Wright.

Beginning with an analysis of the factors that make up the new "cultural economy," which is defined by the displacement of industrial production toward the immaterialization of goods and services as a base for economic growth, this seminal will critically reflect on the effects of "this new stage of capitalist growth."

It will analyze its presence in the privatization of culture in the cultural and creative industries, its penetration in urban regeneration, in work, businesses, intellectual property, and art. It will examine how it affects this cultural economy in the public sphere and in what manner the concept of public service is evolving.

George Yúdice is the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

This seminar is part of the open Independent Studies Program (PEI).

This activity is a part of the Transform project and has been funded by the European Community.

Nancy Spero "Sheela-Na-Gig at Home", 1996


12 and 13 June, from 6 to 8 pm

Thursday, 12 June

The museum-company: Theoretical issues for organisations on cultural policy

Friday, 13 June

The "economisation" and destiny of culture as a public service: Public heritage policies in a privatised world


Maurizio Lazzarato is a sociologist and philosopher. He lives and works in Paris, researching into immaterial work, the breakdown of the salary system, the ontology of work, cognitive capitalism and post-socialist movements.

Ana Carla Fonseca Reis is the founder of the company Garimpo de Soluções–Economía, Cultura e Desenvolvimento, UN Special Consultant for Creative Economy and consultant on the economy of culture to the Secretary for Culture of the state of São Paulo.

Gerardo Mosquera is a critic and independent curator, adjunct curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, consultant for the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands, and member of the editorial boards of various international magazines. He is the author of many books and essays, the founder of the Havana Biennial and has curated many different international exhibitions.

Stephen Wright is a critic, philosopher and independent curator based in Paris. A contributor to the art magazines Parachute and Third Text, he teaches at the Collège International de Philosophie and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Brest.

George Yúdice is a Professor of the American Studies Program and of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New York. His research interests include literature and art, cultural policy, globalisation and transnational processes, and he is an essential point of reference for cultural studies of Latin America. He is the author of El recurso de la cultura, Vicente Huidobro y la motivación del lenguaje poético, and (with Toby Miller) Cultural Policy.

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