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Sub-project 3, headed by Hjørdis Brandrup Kortbek

Sub-project 3 , headed by Hjørdis Brandrup Kortbek, will take its point of departure in the rethinking of the concept of culture to investigate current efforts to revitalise urban space and connect it with regional development, town planning and cultural implementation. The project will focus on how culture becomes "spatialised" in the form of events in landscape and urban space relating to the new cultural agreements between the Ministry of Culture and what are known as the cultural regions. The thesis is that these cultural agreements are the result of diversified ideas and aims and that mapping their realisation and effect could contribute to a future clarification of ends and means.

The project uses KulturMetropolØresund (Kulturaftale 2012-15 mellem Kulturministeren og KulturMetropolØresund) and Kulturregion Fyn (Kulturaftale 2011-2014 mellem Kulturministeren og Kulturregion Fyn) as cases, including selected parts that topicalise the relationship between culture, place, space, body and movement: In KulturMetropolØresund: 1) The dimension of "Kultur og fritid i det offentlige rum" (Culture and freedom in public spaces) in connection with the project "Det aktive byrum" (The active urban space), which, among other things, includes a mobile phone application for young people, 2) The dimension of "Institutioner på tværs" (Inter-institutions) related to the project "Sæt kulturen i spil" (Put culture in play), including so-called bus rambling, 3) The dimension of "Festivaler og events" (Festivals and events) relating to the project "Festival+/Golden Days", and the arrangement "Jagten - gennem historien" (Hunting – through history). In Kulturregion Fyn: 1) “Kulturkaravanen” (The culture caravan). 2) “Kultur i bevægelse” (Culture on the move). Both focused on the cultural heritage of Funen.

The analysis will shed light on the one hand on underlying views of culture and their consequences for the course of these projects and participation in them, and on the other on the potential of these particular projects to create transformative experiences and spaces for fellowship and interaction and thereby to have the effect of promoting democratic processes (Bennett 2013, Lefevbre 1991, Sennett 2012). The analysis will help to reflect the relevance and the effect of the cultural agreements and, against this background, will make recommendations for future actions regarding culture in urban spaces. With regard to methodology, the project will take its point of departure partly in non-representational theory (Thrift 2008) and the ethnographic case study involved (with observation and interviews with players and participants), and partly in performative and narrative cultural analysis (Bal 2010, 2012; Fischer-Lichte 2004; Rogoff 2000, 2005) as stated in the general consideration of methodology. Urban spaces, events and bodily modality will be seen as narratives that expand the discursive representations in official coverage (advertisements, etc.), in the mediated documentation of events, behaviour and processes and in the research-user dialogues "on location" (Pink 2007, 2012). The sub-project will, then, look for the perceptions of culture that come to expression in KulturMetropolØresund and Kulturregion Fyn, at what they mean for the relationship between urban space/place, democracy and culture, and how a dynamic concept of culture can be used as a progressive frame around cultural communication in urban spaces.

Professor Richard Sennett from New York University has been contacted, and there is a collaboration in progress with Professor Tom O’Dell and Professor Emeritus Orvar Löfgren from Lund University and with key players at KulturMetropolØresund, among whom are Managing Director of KulturMetropolØresund, Jens Overgaard, and Director of Golden Days, Ulla Tofte, and at Kulturregion Fyn, Project Manager, Stine Keiding.

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