Van Eyck Director Lex ter Braak participates in the symposium From Vertical to Horizontal: The Changed Conditions of Art Production in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea in Seoul on 30 May. he will talk about how the Jan van Eyck Academie has successfully transformed into the multiform Van Eyck with its component institutes, Labs, international projects and masterclasses.
This symposium is organized to examine how social change in our times acts as an agent of transformation in the conditions of art production. Accelerated by developed networks and an increase in mobility, globalization is making the world more horizontal across national borders. In the art world, globalization has contributed to making the traditionally authoritative and vertical hierarchies of art institutions like museum, academy and residency to become more horizontal. Meanwhile, Neoliberalism, which proliferated alongside globalization, is also responsible for the application of market competition principles in the art field. And such change has giving rise to the emergence of a New Institutionalism that made art institutions more interested in their social role and the public interest of art. This symposium seeks to understand how contemporary social change affects both the art institution and the artistic practice.