Cultural policy under conditions of economic crisis – International Conference on Public Policy Milan, June 2015

The crisis is a mirror in which the attitudes, mindsets, behaviors, fears, expectations and the deadlocks of a society are reflected. The representations generated by sudden momentum in crisis conditions, the power of the residual forms of culture struggling to be rescued at all costs, and the emerging forms all together generate an environment which is fluid, volatile and conducive to experimentation. The shackles of the traditional dominant ideology relax and society is radicalized, possessed by a strong desire for change. Thus an environment that has the materials of destruction as well of regeneration is formed –an environment which is acting like a kiln of for both destruction and creativity.