European Artists and Work Markets in the World of Dance: who are they and what do they do?

European Artists and Work Markets in the World of Dance: who are they and what do they do?

This project began from the contributions of a sociologist attuned to artists and how they learn to manage uncertainty and risk, to the circumstances in which they become professionals, produce work, accumulate knowledge, to how artistic organisations work and to interior change within artistic worlds.  Who are the artists, how do they organise their work market and what are the main factors that favour the segmentation of that market: the entrance of new generations, different personal experiences, technical and technological evolution, "invasion" by other artistic spheres, new activities and work divisions, new spheres of discourse.

Suggestions for analysis and the configuration of the guiding research question:

- The mobility processes of artists (voluntary and involuntary) - analysis of professional careers (performances, objective conditions, employment etc) and life paths; costs and benefits; precariousness versus objective/subjective non-precariousness.

- Deconstructing the common sense idea that artists always lead precarious lives.

- Artistic professions, professional identities and modes of socialisation:

(a) What artists do, what are the specifics of these professions;

(b) What differentiates them and what connects them with other types of work and other professions;

(c) Modes of socialisation, conditions for entering the market;

(d) The importance of innovation and originality in modes of working and careers in regard to the renewal and analysis of artistic worlds;

(e) Artists as highly qualified professionals;

(f) Institutional background: networks of institutions; types of institutions (more or less institutionalised etc); the role of institutions in structuring mobility and in the configuration of identification mechanisms; organisational models and their relative efficiency;

(g) Is it a profession? What are the differences between different European countries?

(h) Contributors to a "knowledge based society(KBS)/economy" and "social inclusion"? The non-economic aspects of KBS/Non-technological E-Innovation

(i) Non-European artists in Europe.

It is hoped that through the interconnection of these themes the project will contribute to the analysis of artistic change, the assessment of new trends within the artist population and to a description of their expectations regarding state action and the effectiveness of public policy.

Estatuto: 
Proponent entity
Financed: 
No
Keywords: 

Artistic Professions, Labor Markets, Organizations, Career

This project began from the contributions of a sociologist attuned to artists and how they learn to manage uncertainty and risk, to the circumstances in which they become professionals, produce work, accumulate knowledge, to how artistic organisations work and to interior change within artistic worlds.  Who are the artists, how do they organise their work market and what are the main factors that favour the segmentation of that market: the entrance of new generations, different personal experiences, technical and technological evolution, "invasion" by other artistic spheres, new activities and work divisions, new spheres of discourse.

Suggestions for analysis and the configuration of the guiding research question:

- The mobility processes of artists (voluntary and involuntary) - analysis of professional careers (performances, objective conditions, employment etc) and life paths; costs and benefits; precariousness versus objective/subjective non-precariousness.

- Deconstructing the common sense idea that artists always lead precarious lives.

- Artistic professions, professional identities and modes of socialisation:

(a) What artists do, what are the specifics of these professions;

(b) What differentiates them and what connects them with other types of work and other professions;

(c) Modes of socialisation, conditions for entering the market;

(d) The importance of innovation and originality in modes of working and careers in regard to the renewal and analysis of artistic worlds;

(e) Artists as highly qualified professionals;

(f) Institutional background: networks of institutions; types of institutions (more or less institutionalised etc); the role of institutions in structuring mobility and in the configuration of identification mechanisms; organisational models and their relative efficiency;

(g) Is it a profession? What are the differences between different European countries?

(h) Contributors to a "knowledge based society(KBS)/economy" and "social inclusion"? The non-economic aspects of KBS/Non-technological E-Innovation

(i) Non-European artists in Europe.

It is hoped that through the interconnection of these themes the project will contribute to the analysis of artistic change, the assessment of new trends within the artist population and to a description of their expectations regarding state action and the effectiveness of public policy.

Objectivos: 
1. To analyse the individual career paths of dance artists and their collective outcomes in the work market; <p>2. To describe how new and old ways of working combine, the new and the old rules of the game; the career paths that merge or are reorganised, the artists that emerge, coexist and compete in redefining the frontiers of each artistic world. </p><p>3. To show how dance artists seek new styles, associate and dissociate themselves with and from other artists in the construction of their professional identities and aesthetics.  </p><p>4. To assess the importance of new generations in regard to artistic change in the sphere of the performing arts and dance in particular.</p><p>5. To review the mechanisms involved in and the effectiveness of public cultural policies. </p><p>6. To carry out a survey of the social characteristics and working conditions of dance artists in Europe and to establish international contacts with a view to making a comparative study.</p>
Parceria: 
Unintegrated
João Peixoto
Natália Azevedo
Coordenador 
Start Date: 
01/11/2007
End Date: 
01/12/2009
Duração: 
25 meses
On Hold