Posts tagged Economy
By Gavin Artz – July 5th, 2013
“Liberty, equality and fraternity” has been the conceptual catch cry for our modern democratic experiment. It is an experiment which we have been diligently failing at for the last few hundred years. Yet, this experiment is so successful that we continue with it, while being aware of its flaws. Perhaps, the best demonstration of how successful this experiment has been is that we can freely write about liberty, equality and fraternity and for that writing to no longer be banned; it has become an accepted political and social position. The flipside of this though is that these three words have lost much of their impact. As citizens in a democratic society, we do not expend much social capital exploring and applying these concepts to our contemporary experience. More >
By Gavin Artz – April 15th, 2013
Originally Published for the MEGA SA blog. Support MEGA SA
In developed economies, there is a growing sense of unease with the economic direction we have chosen. The financialization of our economies has left us feeling as though we live in a fantasy, where nothing real underpins wealth or economic sustainability. In this fantasy, massive numbers are created through facilitating transactions, or shifting foreign currency about, but it is almost impossible to get funding for new ideas. It is no coincidence that through the era of financialization we have seen the increase in zombie myths and metaphors. More >
Gavin Artz spoke a the CHASS Inaugural National Forum at the session’What makes us Human? Technology, Arts and the Human Dehuman Divide’. He covered innovation, creativity, evil robots, digital manufacturing and the new networked economy in his talk ‘The Problem with Creativity’. Also presenting in the session where Dr Marcus Hutter, Professor for Artificial Intelligence, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; Martin Mckenzie-Murray, Journalist, Editor, Media Adviser, Political Speechwriter and Lucina Ward, Curator – International Painting & Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia. The session was wrapped up by a provocative panel discussion.
by Gavin Artz – July 2012
Originally Published: Chartered Secretaries Australia,” Keeping Good Companies: Journal of Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.” July 2012 Vol. 64, No.6
‘We don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.’ Mark Zukerberg (Rosoff, 2012)
This year Mark Zuckerberg deftly explained the not for profit (NFP) business model in one sentence, but this was in the founders statement of one of the most anticipated IPO’s of recent times, for one of the fastest growing companies in the world.
If one sector has survived the buffeting of recession in the U.S.A. it has been those businesses that seek out disruptive innovations in products and business models. In their search for new ways of operating, they have found themselves moving into territory that has been the domain of the NFP sector, just as the NFP’s, looking for new ways of funding their mission, are turning to entrepreneurial business models.
We a beginning to see commercial and social entrepreneurial approaches finding a common ground, in that they are developing businesses that have a social, as well as financial mission. More >
By Gavin Artz – June 12th, 2012
Originally Published: As ‘Business Skills for the Arts’ for the MEGA SA blog. Support MEGA SA
Shhhhh …. don’t tell anyone, but I used to be an artist. Well, I was a musician and a composer and, after six years of working in the arts, I am not sure how much credibility that gives you as an artist. When I was an
artist musician all I wanted to do was play music and the dream, as for many of my colleagues, was not to have to work a crappy dead-end job to pay the bills. The dream was to get payed for what I wanted to do. Well, in the end that didn’t work out too well for me and I spent way more time having my soul destroyed manning market research phones or sitting behind the desk at WEA Sydney as the night attendant, than on what I wanted to do. The irony was that I had to spend so much time working at business administration, that I became much better at that than at being musician. Ultimately, managing a business was less complex than composition – it paid better too, but more importantly, I had a greater impact on people and society than I ever did as a musician. More >
Gavin Artz was a keynote at the “Four Pillars of VET” held at Adelaide’s Crowne Plaza on the 22nd of June 2012. In his talk he explored the culture shifts that technology is bringing and how they impact on vocational education and training (VET). His talk covered trends in distributed learning, asymmetrical communication, the experience of peers and mentors in technology based vocational education (how geeks learn), simulation technology, co-creation of education path ways and co-creation opportunities arising outside of education.
If you missed the talk, the skilled technicians at DFEEST have made the recording and slides available here. (Please note it opens in Blackboard Collaborate – follow the prompts to open – you may need to play the Java script).
By Gavin Artz – April 2012
Originally Published as a part of the catalogue for the exhabition “We need you, you need us”.
“It’s the economy, stupid” Bill Clinton 1992 – U.S. President
The concept of the Experience Economy (Pine & Gilmore 1998) was one of the first attempts to understand a significant economic and cultural shift brought about by digital technology. The Experience Economy in the hands of marketers played out, and for some companies still plays out, as corporations producing an artificial cultural experience to help sell goods and services. It was a reasonable attempt to make sense of the fundamental changes occurring in developed economies, but while the work of Pine and Gilmore intuitively grasped a fundamental truth, it is as though the concepts were seen through the lens of 1990’s marketing and therefore making it impossible to grasp the full importance of what was happening. More >
InDaily’s Laim Mannix interviews Gavin Artz on 3D Printing technology and its potential impact. http://www.indaily.com.au/?iid=59846#folio=002
Adelaide, Australia hosted one of the first 3D printing and digital manufacturing forums that explicitly looked at the links between 3D printing technology, the maker movement, art, design, craft and the future of manufacturing. The day was presented in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Intel Labs, RiAus and DFEEST.The speakers included David ten Have (Ponoko), Mark Thomson, Genevieve Bell (Intel Labs), Sivam Krish, Peter Schumacher (UniSA), Carolyn Anderson (DFEEST), David Chan (UniSA), Kristin Alford (Bridge8), Gavin Artz (ANAT), Jay Melican and Lucas Ainsworth (Intel Labs). More >
By Gavin Artz – December 2011
Originally Published: NAVA Quarterly 11.4 Arts Policy
Artists are amongst the lowest paid workers in this country. Despite broad community goodwill for what arts practitioners do and relatively solid government support provided over a number of decades, the majority of artists are still some of the lowest paid workers in the country. What we have been doing isn’t working. More >
Gavin Artz links democratic ideals, with entrepreneurial business, culture, innovation, art and community creativity at TEDx Adelaide 2011. Gavin brings together a number of ideas that appear in his articles and research by using the common thread of 3D printing technologies.
ArtsHub’s Alana Massalsky spoke with Gavin Artz about TEDx Adelaide where he was speaking on the economic, cultural and social changes that 3D printing technologies will bring.
The subject of Gavin Artz’s TEDx presentation has the potential to upstage all speakers that came before. It’s an emerging technology with that novelty or ‘wow’ factor that makes for great television. But according to the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) CEO, this technological advance could have a profound impact on all our lives.
For the full article go to ArtsHub:
The Australian national broadcaster ABC1 gave time to an overview of the complex questions around Australian culture and its realtionship with the arts. Gavin Artz briefly had the oppertunity to present on the new business oppertunities arsing from brining together arts, humanities, culture, business and technology. (It is well worth watching the whole program – Gavin Artz is at 20.25)
Culture is an innovation process. – Gavin Artz
It was a long, rewarding and interesting day. On the 6th of October Gavin Artz was asked to give his views on the future of the arts and its relationship to digital culture. Entitled “Leadership and Responsibility” Gavin covered art, technology, research, industrial processes and education. Senator Kate Lundy and Pia Waugh put in an enormous effort to be inclusive and democratic in the best possible sense. It is worth hearing all the contributions, but Gavin Artz presentation starts at 30 minutes with an impromptu feedback spot as a bonus for those seeing the whole video.
The Office of Senator Kate Lundy in collaboration with the Office of Minister Simon Crean is running a Digital Culture Public Sphere consultation to look specifically at the digital arts and industries as well as opportunities for cultural institutions around digitisation, public engagement and collaboration. http://www.katelundy.com.au/2011/09/06/the-digital-culture-public-sphere
By Gavin Artz – September 21st 2011
Originally Published: Proceedings of ISEA2011 – Istanbul (to be published).
For the past two years I have been working with The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) to develop and test a model for working commercially with creativity, a model where artists aren’t diminished in their creative work, but are able to generate a broad range of revenue from their activity. This Ancillary IPs hypothesis theorises that, despite myths to the contrary, artist regularly work in trans-disciplinary teams and this way of working is analogues to the entrepreneurial team found in business. The hypothesis predicts that if this trans-disciplinary team is recognised while the relationships and commercialisation processes are managed within specific criteria, artists can successfully commercialise intellectual property embed in their artwork while enhancing their artistic output. More >
By Gavin Artz – August 12th 2011
Originally Published: ANAT Filter Magazine
The continuing economic uncertainty we are experiencing sets the stage for an interesting international experiment; one you wouldn’t deliberately engineer, but informative because of its far-reaching impact. In retrospect, the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was not so global – in Australia there was an initial, short-lived impact which was devastating for some, but ultimately not economically significant for the country. In contrast, Europe and North America are still experiencing ongoing collapse and austerity. This contrast makes it possible to test where arts and culture fit in the hierarchy of need in modern capitalist-based democracies. More >
by Gavin Artz – June 12th 2011
Originally Published: The City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters site “Thinking Through the City”.
Think back to a time before computers took over the work place. It is like an alien world, for some of us it is a fading memory, for those entering the work force it is a world that never existed. It is getting hard to wrap our minds around now, but back before computers skyscraper were the computers and employees were the transistors. Imagine the rows of employees crunching numbers for banks or accounting firms. They were acting as computers do now; fixated on a small piece of detail, making sure it was correct. This type of world led to a rather perverse concept of what the best use of human intellect was. More >
by Gavin Artz – May 16th 2011
Originally Published: The City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters site “Thinking Through the City”.
You wouldn’t do business with artists because they are too flaky, they do what they want to do, turn up when they want to and are not interested in making money, or worse they are hostile to making money. But it is not just artists; I get to hear the same thing about scientists. That’s interesting to me because I work with both on a daily basis and the thing that makes artists and scientists similar is their open ended, creative curiosity. A science paper is just a sign post of a much more complex exploration, the paper may give great insight, but the scientist continues to explore. The same is true of the artist’s exhibition. An exhibition is not a full stop, but a consolidation of thought and experience, readying them for much deeper exploration. So you wouldn’t do business with an artist or scientist because they exhibit unbound creative curiosity and business is up against it working on innovation, or application of ideas, let along spending time and money on mere speculation. Or it could be the best thing you ever did. More >