eipcp Institute reflection zone
01 2002

about eipcp (2002)



"Real progress is not being progressive, but progressing." (Bert Brecht)

A progressive Europe emerges as a dynamic concept - geographically as well as ideologically. Progressive cultural politics develops within permanent conflictual debates about the preconditions of such a dynamics, within the creation of critical public spheres, within a continuous exchange of differences.

The European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies is concerned with intensifying networking among actors in the cultural field. It participates in their transversal practices of cooperation and develops their processual discourses on the arts and on the instruments of cultural policies.

The activities of the institute comprise
- creating new public spheres against the conservative hegemonial discourse of cultural identity and representation
- effectively introducing issues of cultural politics into discussions on democratic politics
- reflecting and developing exemplary artistic practices.