Owen Flatau on Tue, 9 Jul 2002 20:52:01 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Re: learning from Prada

> In a high-tech society cultural institutions usually
> follow the
> industry. <snip>  
> Can this situation be reversed? Can cultural institutions
> play
> an active, even a leading role, acting as laboratories
> where
> alternative futures are tested?

yes.  ideally culture would have a part in contributing to
the technological future.

Unfortunately, 'culture', like everything else, is bent to
the will of corporate greed to the extent that most
westerners wouldn't recognise the culture in yoghurt.

i think that movement away from consumerism might stimulate
more social integration, esp of like skills/mindsets, and
thus provide the platform for these laboratories/sewers in
which to test the future.

although i speak in a purely city dwelling context

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