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Nordic Think Tank for Art and Policies

Working in 2021-2023 to bring artistic practice and political reality closer together to initiate systemic change in cultural policy

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a/nordi/c was founded in July 2021 with core funding from the Nordic Culture Fund as a Nordic think tank in the name of art and culture. a/nordi/c engaged a wide range of stakeholders from artists, the creative sector and researchers to cultural writers, art institutions and political players.

The aim was to open the dialogue and knowledge development to new perspectives on art life and cultural policy in the Nordic Region, and in this way break down structures and premises that may stand in the way of creating an open, free and engaged art scene.

The mission was to explore the contribution of art to society and society's contribution to art. Through funding and consultancy assignments, the think tank investigated some of the key building elements that have influenced Nordic cultural policy. The think tank developed and tested new formats for knowledge development and dialogues. Furthermore, a/nordi/c actively contributed to the work of international networks and organisations.

a/nordi/c published summarises and documents the think tank's work and experiences.

What did a/nordi/c do?

a/nordi/c had two central activities with the aim of testing formats and developing new models for knowledge production, debates and solutions.

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The Living Catalogue was the engine of a/nordi/c's work and knowledge production. The digital catalogue functioned as a collection of signals and insights on specific themes related to art's contribution to society and society's contribution to art. The catalogue was developed in collaboration with artists, researchers, cultural actors and Bespoke/Manyone.

2 Research Themes
122 Signals
10 Insights

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The network meeting concept Curated Conversation was developed by a/nordi/c as a smaller forum for bigger questions in art and society. In collaboration with a Nordic cultural institution, a/nordi/c invited 30-40 handpicked participants from across the Nordic countries. For two days, each group explored subjects within art and culture. The conversations brought together sectors and nationalities through experimental formats of conversations

3 Meetings
4 Subjects
80 Participants

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Publications from a/nordi/c

a/nordi/c has documented knowledge in different formats ranging from discussion papers and articles to the publication Should I/Should I Not.

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Should I/Should I Not - An Anthology on Artistic Freedom

The book Should I/Should I Not (Skal/Skal ikke) explores artistic freedom through a wide variety of texts. It contains 23 essays and like a kaleidoscope, the anthology illuminates different ways of looking at the subject. The book is available in Danish or English from the publisher's webshop, Amazon and all bookstores in Denmark and Sweden.

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Arm's Length Principle & Artistic Quality

Discussion paper 001 from a Curated Conversation

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Freedom of Artistic Expression

Discussion paper 002 from a Curated Conversation

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New Perspectives on Art Economy

Discussion paper 003 from a Curated Conversation

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Written contribution to UNESCO's Open Call in 2022 for the 2005 Committee for Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

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Society's Courage To Use Art

Interview with professor Frederik Tygstrup & assistant professor Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt

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Art Can Open The World

Portrait of former director of a/nordi/c, Eline Sigfusson, by Signe Wulff

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The association a/nordi/c

a/nordi/c was formally organised as an association to promote three objectives for art and culture in the Nordic countries:

The registered office of the association was Copenhagen and the association was managed by a Nordic board of directors and an appointed director.

The association was founded by: