Emily Pethick brings up in Q&A the observation that small(er) organizations are creating new approaches to connecting art and community, for example in Tensta.
What I am wondering throughout the discussions today is whether the only solution is to go small and go local? (Given the troubled ethics of large institutions, where the money comes from, etc.)
There's this movement towards re-creating community through de-globalizing and focusing on the local, but I wonder whether there isn't a way to have a conscious cosmopolitanism?
Can we capitalize (in the sense of cultural and non-financial capital) on the fact that we have these more connected and more international networks...Can we capitalize on the fact that major institutions bring in such immense audiences, many of whom wouldn't normally gravitate to the arts?
Isn't it still worth it to challenge the establishment rather than excusing ourselves from their systems and thus making ourselves unaccountable for their actions?