our seminar

This coming Monday at Tate Britain at 2pm, more than 40 people will attend our project seminar. One of the young people will speak, as will Sarah Wookey. And we will present where we are up to in our thinking about what making and editing film can tell us about cultural value. We are looking…

fractality

In her book about scale, the anthropologist Marilyn Strathern suggests that it is an error to assume that the small is less complex than the large. Strathern argues that the difference between small and large is not a question of complexity but rather one of fractality. Strathern draws on on the notion that in nature patterns…

value and function

Value is sometimes conflated with function. This is not the same as saying that an activity, event, practice or utterance can be valued because of its functionality but all things of value are not necessarily functional. Rather, value refers to the potential for something in an art object or experience, but this still has to…

access and the cultural broker

A common concern about projects such as ours is who gets access to them. It is often assumed that it is only white middle class young people for example who attend youth oriented art gallery events and programmes. This is not actually the case. The vast majority of museums and galleries are concerned about who attends…

memory and the film archive

I have recently become more interested in the way that cultural value might be related to memory. It seems obvious to say that we might value a cultural experience if it connects to memories that we have. These might be good or bad memories. If the experience was not enjoyable, then ‘value’ might not be…

reflections on trust and sociability

This post is by Emily Pringle For the last two weeks the films from the project edited by the young people have been on show in Tate Britain. To mark the start of this public showing we held at sharing event in the Taylor Digital Studio for participants, friends, family and colleagues from Tate to…