The capitalist system does not work in the favour of the artists, a one size fits all- neoliberal model of engaging with artists just creates an elitist and able-bodied/minded industry. Art and culture has the power to make societal change and to pioneer anti-neoliberal methods. As the status quo in arts institutions makes executives hugely powerful as gate keepers in the industry, it is these same leaders who must prove themselves in solidarity with the pracarity of the industry. There is no reason why artists should only be awarded the minimum wage to present their work in theatres where theatre directors are earning ten to twenty thousend euro a month.
So what are the benefits of change?
Arts institutions will reflect the greater populations and become a place for all people and not just the culturally elite and wealthy. Art making will be enriched by more diverse voices and will therefor have a higher level of artistic achievement and quality. Theatre and dance making, always a collective practice, can have collective co-authorship, which might lead to greater economic stability for all involved.
Responsibility for our job, as well as actively participating in the development of the potential (evolutionary purpose) of the organisation, i.e the “direction” of an arts institution is not set in stone. People within the organisation have their own trajectory (evolutionary purpose) in life, and would be able to follow that with greater autonomy.
Arts institutions then become places that are utopian, they do make structural change in response to climate change, they do make systemic change in response to racism, they make hiring procedures in response to inequality, they create transparency in response to unfair working conditions. They are held accountable and they hold themselves accountable, to be fair and be an example to the society they are in.
– Cie.OFEN, 21 September 2020.