nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2023‒09‒04
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. PLACES OF SPECTACLE AND SPACES OF PERFORMANCE IN EXPERIMENTAL THEATER CULTURE OF THE XX-XXI CENTURIES (RUSSIAN CONTEXT) By Vasilieva, Zhanna (Васильева, Жанна); Dunaeva, Alexandra (Дунаева, Александра); Zolotukhin, Balery (Золотухин, Валерий); Liderman, Yulia (Лидерман, Юлия)
  2. Ethical and legal implications of FDI in or near cultural heritage sites By Mak, Charles Ho Wang
  3. Digitization and Availability of Artworks in Online Museum Collections By Alexander Cuntz; Paul J. Heald; Matthias Sahli

  1. By: Vasilieva, Zhanna (Васильева, Жанна) (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration); Dunaeva, Alexandra (Дунаева, Александра) (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration); Zolotukhin, Balery (Золотухин, Валерий) (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration); Liderman, Yulia (Лидерман, Юлия) (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)
    Abstract: The subject of the research is various practices of the live art and spatial reflection in them. The purpose of this study is to identify the correlation between the “spatial turns” of the history of Russian live art and social ideological contexts. The relevance of the research is associated with the study of the function of spatial reflection in a new, increasingly virtualized cultural situation, developing in response to the restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. The novelty of this research is associated with the introduction into scientific circulation of various archival documents from the history of the latest forms of the live art in Russia in 1990-2010. Also new is the cross-institutional understanding of the object of research, covering both theatrical and photographic, expositional art practices outside the theater and museum building. Poststructuralist art theory and cultural memory theory became key theories on the basis of which analytical approaches to understanding the current artistic process were developed. The work resulted in theoretical developments for the study of the spatial aspects of the latest practices in live arts, as well as the identification of social and cultural contexts that are key to the history of art in situ in Russia. The negative aesthetics of theatrical events mastering non-theatrical spaces: streets, foyers, roofs, squares, natural landscapes open up the possibility of analyzing the theatrical process and its auto-reflective function. Theatrical and performative events turn out to be closely integrated into such social processes as cultural democratization (inclusion of more and more new groups in the processes of cultural interactions), commemoration (the creation of new rituals and narratives for memory and preservation of cultural heritage), as well as in the processes of creating and drawing attention to the public spaces of a modern city. We believe that a necessary step for the development of the theory of contemporary art is the inclusion of a cross-disciplinary understanding of the object of study, in which live performing arts, installation arts, visual arts, video and audio experiments in exhibition projects would be considered together and thus the ideas and concepts of post-structuralist cultural criticism could be applicable to the contemporary art process.
    Keywords: Live art, performance, politics of space, inclusion, theater outside the theater building, communicative memory, Russian theater
    Date: 2021–12–14
  2. By: Mak, Charles Ho Wang
    Abstract: This Perspective explores the ethical and legal implications of FDI in or near cultural heritage sites, weighing the potential benefits and drawbacks, and suggests measures to promote responsible FDI in this area, such as strengthening safeguards, implementing review processes, and encouraging voluntary codes of conduct to preserve cultural identity.
    Date: 2023
  3. By: Alexander Cuntz; Paul J. Heald; Matthias Sahli
    Abstract: We provide quantitative evidence from museum collections about how copyright status affects the availability of digital images of artworks. The paper applies a regression discontinuity and differences-in-differences design to estimate online availability of artworks from U.S. collections on digital platforms. We find a strong increase in the availability of digital surrogates when copyright is perceived to expire and original artworks are likely to transition to the public domain. Moreover, artworks and surrogates made available see a large number of downstream reuses based on google image search data, which indicates online availability is of commercial and public value independent of right status. Notably, we show that upstream surrogates of public domain artworks made available by museums are positively correlated with higher image resolution quality as compared to digitized artworks still protected under copyright laws. At the same time, it seems expressed industry norms can help encourage U.S. museums to also make low-resolution surrogates of copyrighted artworks available.
    Keywords: Copyright, museum, digitization, creative industries, availability, public domain, paintings, images, empirical
    JEL: L17 O34
    Date: 2023–08

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