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1. Outline of the Arts Management RESEARCH CAFÉ 

Research Café on Meta-Research is co-organised by Constance DeVereaux, Kerry McCall Magan, Fang Hua

AMSRS Research Café 1: Arts Management in a Post-Management Era

Research Café Facilitator: Fang Hua, Professor, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China

In the talk of Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment Gary Hamel pointed out that innovations in management should benefit from the fringe, because he thinks the future happens on the fringe. Gary Hamel’s view of learning from the fringe means management should learn from art, music, literature and fashion. Meanwhile, he believes a web-based world has deep values based on openness, meritocracy, flexibility, and collaboration. Although all of these ideas are not totally fresh concepts, when we rethink modern management methods and dismantling the foundations of mainstream management, we are also pushed to think what will happen in the future of the arts management field.

Following on dynamic changes in politics, economics, and especially in science and technology in the contemporary world, arts organizations have to follow the circumstance of change where it located. The new complicated atmosphere brings some new issues in arts management education and research. These changes can push arts management field responses to today’s society and expand its width and depth in research and education. 

The following topic gives us have a starting point to discuss arts management changes in a Post-Management Era. The following questions are useful in examining this dimension of the future of arts management.

1. Are there identifiable, concrete changes in the arts management field? 
2. Arts management field is so deeply entrenched in management ethos in most of its practice, and in training and research. Is there some possibility to break away from management ethos? Can innovation in management in the web-based world also will bring some new change into arts management?
3. What would post-management for arts management look like?
4. What would it entail for practice or research?

    AMSRS Research Café 2: Concepts of perception in cultural management and audience research 

    Research Café Facilitator: Professor Nina Tessa Zahner, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

    We are currently in the paradoxical situation of increasing scientification of society on the one hand and increasing questioning of the social status of objective knowledge and the legitimacy of academic expert cultures on the other. It appears as if a comprehensive cultural change is underway that is signified by the revaluation of the observation perspective of the »layman«, of the » ordinary person«. What is emphasised here is the everyday, the applied against the extra-ordinary, the theoretical. The transformation carries a tremendous multiplication of »speaker positions« and the wish of individual actors to be heard and to have their perspective on reality taken seriously.

    A number of authors see this transformation to appreciate individual sensual perception and devaluate general concepts and abstract ideas. What is promoted here is a view of society that enhances aesthetics, emotionality and affectivity against rationality. What goes along with this process is a fundamental redefinition of »producer« and »recipient« or »audience member«. Concepts of »fundamental experience« are positioned against bourgeois cultural concepts that see art as part of the process of enlightenment and the emancipation of man. A new »unity of reality« now blurs the lines of sign and meaning. The binding of signs to respectively defined meanings is mutually released. It is the performativity of meaning that is now in focus. Meaning now arises in and as an act of perception. Sensual perception is now thought of as generating meaning within the process of perception itself. An idea of pre-conceptual perception is promoted against conceptual thinking and context.

    The Research Cafe proposed wants to explore the impact of these transformations on cultural management research and audience research. My impression is that cultural management research as well as audience research do rarely think about their own conception of perception. We rarely discuss or question what concept of perception we apply in our research. Is it a sensual one? An idea of pre-conceptual perception? Or is it a concept that sees perception always shaped by conceptual thinking? A concept that does not believe in pre-conceptual perception? How important is the situation of perception? This Research Café opens up a focused discussion of these issues to see how the different positions applied form our research and our research results.

    Last Updated: 27 April 2018

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