Basics: we are fictional beings!

Luc Carton is a philosopher. From 2005 to May 2019, he was Director of the General Inspectorate of Culture at the Ministry of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels (French-speaking Belgium), where he took on a general mission to develop the evaluation of public policies of Culture. In June 2019, he participates in the 3rd National Forum of Intermediate and Independent Places co-organized and hosted by Les Ateliers du Vent in Rennes. On 22 April 2021, he said this text at the royal theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels, which has been occupied these days, in the context of resistance to the containment of culture and democracy, in particular.

Mix'Art Myrys must be saved

In these times of pandemic, places of culture are closed. At the same time places of life, places of meeting, places of formation of our imaginations, places of elaboration of our dreams, sharing our desires and transformation of our representations, these places play an essential role in the social life and moral life of our fellow citizens. Closing them is an unprecedented violation of the cultural rights of an entire society. This is an exceptional situation and should last only as short a time as possible.

Administrative closure confirmed for Mix'Art Myrys and grants "suspended"

12 rue Ferdinand Lassalle in Toulouse, home to the activities of the self-managed artist collective Mix'Art Myrys, a member of Afap and Cnlii, had been threatened with administrative closure since mid-January. This was confirmed by order on 20 January. Since then, the collective has also learned that the Metropolitan Council did not renew its annual grant in December without even having been informed.

Third places or the art of doing it upside down

Third places are beautiful attempts at concrete utopias, born of a deep desire for freedom. Unfortunately, they are also a perfect tool to complete the reversal of public cultural policy. The neoliberal ideology does not hesitate to label and institutionalize the precariousness of third places, for its benefit.

We're murdering Hands of Works!

On Tuesday morning, October 8, 2019, the police took over Hands d'Oeuvres, a cultural place of citizen initiative. The neighborhood is cordoned off, the place occupied for inventory, users gathered in the rain organize an improvised event. We know this scene too well. Intermediate places, third-places, cultural wastelands, fablabs, squats and artists' collectives, how many of our places have fallen?

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