This seminar asked how should a contemporary arts organisation work with audiences, artists and curators in this early part of the 21st Century at a time when the boundaries between consumer and producer are becoming increasingly blurred, in a world of infinite communication possibilities, where people are increasingly collaborating to create and innovate, where many artists are working with the grain of these changes, where new business models are developing with these approaches and embedded within them?
This seminar at Cornerhouse posed the question that cultural institutions and organisations need to become infrastructures not artefacts. They should demonstrate open participatory knowledge infrastructure and should not look too heavily to the models of the business world but to our own creative legacy.
In order to progress change, it argues, we need to make paths where people walk and not push them onto designated pavements. You need to work with people where they are.