Key Concepts For A New Cultural Institution

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The focus of this paper is on a cultural institution that emerged in 2012 out of a mobilisation of workers in the arts and cultural industries.1 MACAO is an independent centre for art, culture and research in Milan that considers artistic production a vital process for rethinking social change and for elaborating independent political critique. It is also a place for experimenting with the kind of innovative models of cooperative governance and production that are of interest to the Radical Open Access Collective, as the introduction to this pamphlet makes clear. MACAO promotes research in different fields, including those concerned with labour conditions in the creative industries and cultural sectors; the right to the city; the fight against sexist and racist violence; and new organisational and technological solutions for cultural production. Moreover, MACAO has fostered a transversal public programme that hosts artist residencies, installations, public readings, seminars, workshops and hacklabs, as well as performances of music, film and design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompetition and Cooperation
PublisherOpen Humanities Press, The Journal of Electronic Publishing, The disrupted Journal of Media Practice Post Office Press
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventRadical Open Access II : The Ethics of Care - Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201827 Jun 2018


ConferenceRadical Open Access II
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address

Bibliographical note

This is an open access pamphlet,
licensed under a Creative
Commons Attribution 4.0
International (CC BY 4.0) license.


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