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Release of our book

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Rinschbergh, F; Swyngedouw, E; Vlegels, J. (eds). (2018), Cultural and creative industries in Brussels. Creativity in a divided city / La créativité dans une ville divisée. Brussels : VUBPress (Urban Notebooks). 264 p. ISBN : 9789057188022

Book available on the publisher website :
https://www.aspeditions.be/fr-be/book/cultural-creative-industries-in-brussels/16470.htm

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PowerPoint presentations – Symposium @ La Cambre Horta (04.12.18, ULB Flagey)

Click on the images to access the PPT presentations made for our closing symposium

  • Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent):Casting a long shadow: a quantitative overview of creative and cultural work in Brussels”

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  • Eva Swyngedouw (VUB): “Struggling with the creative labour market. An exploration of career barriers among urban cultural workers”

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  • François Rinschbergh (ULB & USL-B): “La ville créative d’en bas. Débrouille et émancipation des acteurs culturels émergents à Bruxelles”

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  • Sophie Alexandre (KFDA) and Leen De Spiegelaere (Met-X) (former representatives of the Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles/Brussels Kunstenoverleg (RAB/BKO) :Fragmentation of policies and impact on the functioning of cultural institutions and organizations

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And a special thanks too all the round table participants :
Round Table 4-12-18.jpgYassin Mrabtifi (chorégraphe et danseur, Ultima Vez / coach à Art2Work) ; Kristin Rogghe (cinéaste, vidéaste et dramaturge urbaine au KVS) ; Salim Haouach (comédien, metteur en scène et animateur, asbl Ras el Hanout) ; Dirk Seghers (coordination et programmation au Recyclart) ; Geert Cochez (deputy CEO de visit.brussels).


The research team : 

Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Judith le Maire (ULB), François Rinschbergh (USL-B & ULB), Christine Schaut (USL-B), Eva Swyngedouw (VUB), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB), Bas van Heur (VUB), Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent) and Walter Ysebaert (VUB).

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Final research day @ La Cambre Horta (ULB Flagey), December 4, 2018

Invitation Symposium: “The diversity of work in the creative and cultural industries”

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We are happy to invite you on Tuesday the 4th of December 2018 to the Closing Symposium of the research project ‘The diversity of work in the creative and cultural industries’ funded by the Anticipate-program of Innoviris.

For nearly 4 years, an interdisciplinary team of researchers affiliated to six different research centers of the ULB, VUB and USL-B has been conducting research on the diversity of Brussels’ cultural and creative worlds. The aim of this collective research is to contribute to a better understanding of this broad field of study, to investigate the practices of its various actors (within different sectors) and to question the (mis)match between their needs and the responses provided by the (multiple) cultural policies that operate in the Brussels Region.

The closing symposium of our Innoviris project will be the perfect opportunity to present the main results of our research and to launch our edited volume on “creativity in the divided city of Brussels” (Urban Notebooks series of VUBPress, 2018). Affiliated with our Innoviris project, researchers funded through a Brussels Centre for Urban Studies Civil Society Fellowship will present the results of their research on cultural policy practices in Brussels. Finally, a round table discussion with representatives from the creative field – policymakers, cultural institutions, and artists – will close the event.

When:

Tuesday, the 4th of December 2018, from 13:30 until 18:00.

Where:

Auditoire Victor Bourgeois, ULB Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta – Flagey 19

Registration:

Free, but registration is obligatory, before the 30th of November 2018 by using the registration form

Detailed schedule:

  • 13:30-13:45: Arrival and registration of participants
  • 13:45-14:00: Introductory word (in English) by Bas van Heur (VUB)
  • 14:00-15:30: Presentation (in English and French) of research findings by:
    • Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent): “Casting a long shadow: a quantitative overview of creative and cultural work in Brussels”
    • Eva Swyngedouw (VUB): “Struggling with the creative labour market. An exploration of career barriers among urban cultural workers”
    • François Rinschbergh (ULB & USL-B): “La ville créative d’en bas. Débrouille et émancipation des acteurs culturels émergents à Bruxelles”
  • 15:30-16:00: Coffee Break
  • 16:00-16:30: Presentation of research results in the framework of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies Civil Society Fellowship by:
    • Sophie Alexandre (KFDA) and Leen De Spiegelaere (Met-X) (former representatives of the Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles/Brussels Kunstenoverleg (RAB/BKO) : “Fragmentation of policies and impact on the functioning of cultural institutions and organizations
  • 16:30-17:30: Round table discussion moderated by Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB) and with invitees from the cultural and creative sector:
    • Geert Cochez (deputy CEO de visit.brussels)
    • Christelle Cornez (directrice de ILES asbl et du Centre
      d’entreprises la Lustrerie)
    • Rita De Graeve (adviseur Cultuur & Economie, Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en Media,  Vlaamse overheid)
    • Salim Haouach (comédien, metteur en scène et animateur, asbl Ras el Hanout)
    • Yassin Mrabtifi (chorégraphe et danseur, Ultima Vez / coach à Art2Work)
    • Kristin Rogghe (cinéaste, vidéaste et dramaturge urbaine au KVS)
    • Dirk Seghers (coordination et programmation au Recyclart)
  • 17:30-17:45: Concluding word (in French) by Jean-Louis Genard (ULB)
  • 17:45…: Reception

For more information about the main objectives of our project: https://workccsbrussel.wordpress.com

We hope that we have stimulated your interest for this afternoon of presentations and exchanges and would be pleased to meet you on this occasion.

Sincerely,

Researchers and research supervisors:

Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Judith le Maire (ULB), François Rinschbergh (USL-B & ULB), Christine Schaut (USL-B), Eva Swyngedouw (VUB), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB), Bas van Heur (VUB), Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent) and Walter Ysebaert (VUB).

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Invitation au colloque de clôture de la recherche Innoviris : « The diversity of work in the creative ­­­­and cultural industries »

C’est avec grand plaisir que nous vous invitons le mardi 4 décembre 2018 au colloque de clôture de notre recherche sur la culture et la créativité intitulée « The Diversity of Work in the Creative and Cultural Industries » et financée par le programme Anticipate de l’organisme bruxellois de promotion de la recherche Innoviris.

Pendant près de 4 ans, une équipe interdisciplinaire de chercheur.e.s issu.e.s de l’ULB, l’USL-B et la VUB s’est intéressée de près à la diversité des univers culturels et créatifs de Bruxelles. L’ambition de cette recherche collective a été de contribuer à une meilleure connaissance de ce large domaine, d’enquêter sur les pratiques de ses divers acteurs (au sein de différents secteurs) ainsi que de questionner l’adéquation entre leurs besoins et les réponses apportées par les (multiples) politiques culturelles qui s’appliquent sur le territoire de la Région bruxelloise.

Le colloque de clôture de notre projet Innoviris sera l’occasion de présenter les principaux résultats de nos enquêtes et d’annoncer la publication d’un ouvrage coordonné par notre équipe et portant sur « la créativité » dans cette « ville divisée » qu’est Bruxelles (Cahiers Urbains de la VUBPress, 2018). Affiliés à notre projet Innoviris, des chercheures financées par une bourse (Civil Society Fellowship) du Brussels Centre for Urban Studies présenteront les résultats de leurs enquêtes sur les pratiques en matière de politiques culturelles à Bruxelles. Enfin, une table ronde rassemblant des représentants du domaine de la création bruxelloise – décideurs politiques, institutions culturelles et artistes – viendra clôturer l’événement.

Quand:

Mardi 4 décembre 2018, de 13h30 à 18h.

:

Auditoire Victor Bourgeois, Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta, ULB – Flagey 19

Inscription:

Entrée libre, mais inscription obligatoire, avant le 30 novembre 2018, sur le formulaire d’inscription

Programme détaillé:

  • 13:30-13:45: Accueil et inscription des participants
  • 13:45-14:00: Mot d’introduction (en anglais) par Bas van Heur (VUB)
  • 14:00-15:30: Présentation (en anglais et français) des résultats de la recherche par
    • Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent): “Casting a long shadow: a quantitative overview of creative and cultural work in Brussels”
    • Eva Swyngedouw (VUB): “Struggling with the creative labour market. An exploration of career barriers among urban cultural workers”
    • François Rinschbergh (ULB & USL-B): “La ville créative d’en bas. Débrouille et émancipation des acteurs culturels émergents à Bruxelles”
  • 15:30-16:00: Pause café
  • 16:00-16:30: Présentation des résultats de la recherche menée dans le cadre de la bourse Civil Society Fellowship du Brussels Centre for Urban Studies par
    • Sophie Alexandre (KFDA) et Leen De Spiegelaere (Met-X) (ex-représentantes du Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles/Brussels Kunstenoverleg (RAB/BKO)) : « Fragmentation des politiques et impact sur le fonctionnement des institutions et organisations culturelles »
  • 16:30-17:30: Table ronde animée par Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB) et en présence de
    • Geert Cochez (deputy CEO de visit.brussels)
    • Christelle Cornez (directrice de ILES asbl et du Centre
      d’entreprises la Lustrerie)
    • Rita De Graeve (adviseur Cultuur & Economie, Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en Media,  Vlaamse overheid)
    • Salim Haouach (comédien, metteur en scène et animateur, asbl Ras el Hanout)
    • Yassin Mrabtifi (chorégraphe et danseur, Ultima Vez / coach à Art2Work)
    • Kristin Rogghe (cinéaste, vidéaste et dramaturge urbaine au KVS)
    • Dirk Seghers (coordination et programmation au Recyclart)
  • 17:30-17:45: Mot de conclusion (en français) par Jean-Louis Genard (ULB)
  • 17:45…: Réception

Pour plus de détails à propos des objectifs de notre projet de recherche : https://workccsbrussel.wordpress.com.

Nous espérons vivement avoir suscité votre intérêt pour cet après-midi de présentations et d’échanges et serions heureux de vous rencontrer à cette occasion.

Cordialement,

Les chercheur.e.s et promoteur.e.s de la recherche :

Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Judith le Maire (ULB), François Rinschbergh (USL-B & ULB), Christine Schaut (USL-B), Eva Swyngedouw (VUB), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB), Bas van Heur (VUB), Jef Vlegels (VUB & UGent) et Walter Ysebaert (VUB).

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Brief history of our activities & future agenda

Our project on the cultural and creative sector of Brussels is still running according to plan! We have started two and a half years ago and are getting a better understanding of this rich and diverse universe of cultural work on an everyday base. Here is a brief overview of our activities of last year and some information about our next steps.

Between our stimulating team meetings and the collective activities we organized – like our participation in the Anticipate Symposium organized by Innoviris (you can see our posters here), or the workshop we organized last December) – each of the researcher have been involved in related activities as well:

Eva Swyngedouw pursues her qualitative study of the working conditions and careers of the cultural and creative workers within the performance arts sector and the sector of architecture.
She is currently organizing a panel on “creative cities and inequality” (with Kobe De Keere (University of Amsterdam)) at “de dag van de sociologie” on the 8th of June 2017 at the VUB. Connected to this event, she is also co-editing a special issue of sociologies with Kobe De Keere entitled “Creatieve steden en ongelijkheid. Het gebruik van cultuur in de stedelijke ontwikkeling van Brussel en Amsterdam.”
In August, Eva will present her paper “researching the ‘backstage’ of the creative industries. The socio-economic polarization within the performance arts of Brussels” at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

Jef Vlegels, continues to work on his quantitative analysis, mapping the diversity of work in the cultural and creative industries. In the first phase of the project, he has been collecting data from secondary official datasets, as well as conducting our own quantitative survey in three subsectors of the CCS in Brussels. At the moment, Jef finished, together with his colleague Caterina Mauri, a first report on these secondary datasets focusing on the economic impact of the sector in Brussels (more on this in the next update on our website). Furthermore, he’s been working on a book chapter on describing the cultural and creative workforce of Brussels, an article on the creative trident and an article on the cultural and creative policy of Brussels. He has presented his work recently at the Dag van de Sociologie 2017, and has disseminated our results and conclusions so far at several occasions, i.e. during his activities as a founding member of the Creative and Cultural Think Tank.

François Rinschbergh follows up on his qualitative study of the emerging and informal cultural and creative activities focused on the historically working class and immigrant districts of Brussels and he made different presentations of his research at the University Saint-Louis-Brussels and ULB :
A year ago, he talked about the beginning of his field research and had stimulating discussions at the seminar of the Centre d’Etudes Sociologiques (CES).
As part of the study days organized by IRIB (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur Bruxelles) in may 2016, he organized a field visit in Molenbeek to meet an original cultural project run by a company of young theatre comedians. Recently (in may 2017), he presented and discussed his fieldwork with J. Mazzocchetti, an anthropologist from the UCL, at the Midi de l’lRIB organized at the University Saint-Louis.
At ULB, he presented his work to the seminar of his other research centre sASHa. He also has been involved in a project organized in collaboration between ULB and the newspaper “Le Soir” and titled “Carnets d’identités”. You can read online the result of his interview : “Entre-soi: la réponse du secteur culturel”. A few weeks ago, François participated to the study days “Bruxelles en recherches” organized by the LIEU (Laboratoire de Recherche interdisciplinaire en Etudes urbaines), the MSH (Maison des Sciences humaines) and the BSI (Brussels Studies Institute) at the ULB faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta.

Future plans: Our book on the Creative and Cultural sector in Brussels

After the workshop we organized in December 2016, we plan to publish a book (Urban Notebooks, VUB Press). Our ambition is to bring together the results of different ongoing and finished research projects on the Brussels cultural and creative world. Contributions will tackle different issues like the precarious working conditions in the creative industry, the cultural diversity of Brussels, the contemporary art scene in Brussels, the circulation of the idea of “creativity” in town planning, and the link between culture, social cohesion and urban development. The book publication is planned for the end of 2017/early 2018.

Molenbeek and its cultural and creative dynamism – a (small) press review

Photo Thomas Vanden Driessche pour M Le Magazine du Monde, 9 avril 2016
Photo Thomas Vanden Driessche pour M Le Magazine du Monde, 9 avril 2016

Since the attacks in Paris and Brussels, after the “Brussels bashing” and the mediatisation of Molenbeek, national and internantional press published some articles aimed to reveal the “positive side” of this neighborhood. Indeed, for those who didn’t know, there is also people who live, work, create and run cultural projects in Molenbeek !

Several important newspapers and magazines illustrated the “other face” of the neighborhood by describing its alternative art scene, its internationals and “avant-garde” artistic world coming into the neighborhood for the romantic and inspiring atmosphere of this former industrial area, or explaining the attractiveness of the place for “creative workers” (architects, designers, …) because of the available large space, the low price of the real estate and the proximity with the city center.

For our research, these articles are interesting for the informations they provide about what makes the attraction for such a district for those that the theorist Richard Florida calls, controversially, “the creative class” (i.e. artists and bohemians, creative entrepreneurs, intellectuals and professionals active in the cultural sector, …).

However, if that picture of the cultural and creative landscape mainly focused on alternative cultural place, well established artists, professionals of the cultural sector and trendy co-working spaces for creative entrepreneurs coming from elsewhere is definitely part of our research, could we say that it is representative of the cultural and creative diversity of this area of Brussels ? Emerging from the neighborhood, an (other) important associative and artistic dynamism, poorly subsidized by public authorities or few institutionalized, led by a younger part of the population with migration background also exist, live and create in this historically working-class area, and they’re not unsuccessful or marginal, on the contrary! If these people are not (and will never be) assimilated to the trendy “creative class” describes by R. Florida, they might however reflects the existence of a cultural dynamism that challenge the classical representations of this area of Brussels marked by a “globalisation from below” but often characterized, wrongly, by the lack of (all kind of) ressources or the so-called disinterest for culture (except the hip-hop cliché) from those who grew up in this neighborhood.

With our research, we aim to show that something exist beyond the scope of the fuzzy “creative class” and to consider the cultural and creative diversity of Brussels in its richness but also its needs and difficulties.

To be continued…

Press articles mentionned in the text :
F. Gauthier (Le Soir), “Molenbeek montre son autre visage”, 8 février 2016
M. Bertrand (Tram33 (Le Soir)), “Molenbeek: bastion de culture”, 11 mai 2016
R. Azimi (Le Monde), “Molenbeek est (aussi) un repaire d’artistes”, 8 avril 2016
H. Moens (The Word), “Molenbeek, home of the brave, the bold and the beautiful”, 3 mai 2016
J. Ben Yakoub (Rekto Verso n°54),  “Ongezien! Brussels got talent!”, nov.-dec. 2012

Work package 1 : Analytical framework

« Les “industries culturelles et créatives” : Perspective multi-scalaire et état des lieux à Bruxelles »

Ce texte a été rédigé par David Eubelen (ULB/USL-B) et François Rinschbergh (ULB/USL-B) dans le cadre de la première phase du projet de recherche Innoviris « The diversity of work in the cultural and creative industries » (programme Anticipate 2015-2019). Il a pour vocation de présenter un premier défrichage de la littérature portant sur l’économie créative, ses secteurs, ses travailleurs et ses territoires à Bruxelles. En tant que working paper, ce texte sera amené à être modifié, complété, corrigé au fur et à mesure de l’avancement de notre recherche. Toutes remarques de lecteurs extérieurs sont bien entendu les bienvenues.

Supervisée par une équipe interdisciplinaire de 6 professeurs (Jean-Louis Genard (ULB), Judith Le Maire (ULB), Christine Schaut (USL-B), Karel Vanhaesebrouck (ULB), Bas Van Heur (VUB) et Walter Ysebaert (VUB)), notre recherche est désormais entrée dans sa phase d’enquête et est conduite par 3 chercheurs en sociologie (François Rinschbergh (ULB/USL-B), Eva Swyngedouw (VUB/ULB) et Jef Vlegels (VUB)).