[New blog entry for the FOAM Museum Blog in Amsterdam. This is how they describe it: Foam Blog’s heavyweight Ken Schles is back. Here he acknowledges the important role programmes like Noorderlicht play in supporting the development of an artist’s practice.]
Far from it for me to second-guess policy concerning the Eurozone’s economic crisis or make statements on Dutch economic policy or policies that affect regional arts funding in provincial areas. I am not Dutch and have no standing in a political world I admittedly know little of. I have, however been the recipient of the largesse afforded to me by the Dutch government and, vicariously, by extension, the Dutch people. And for that I am eternally grateful. For without that support it is highly doubtful that I would be sitting here now and writing to you today, wherever you live, be it in Amsterdam or Brooklyn, Guangdong province or Bursa.
Thirteen years ago, when I was still plowing the Internet with a 28.8k dial-up modem, I got a message from across the sea.
Read on (to hear more about Noorderlicht, see an embedded talk by Laurie Anderson and look at more images from my Geometry of Innocence project)… (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)