The term creative or cultural industries refers to industries that combine the creation, production and commercialization of creative contents that are intangible and cultural in nature. Cultural industries generally include printing, publishing and multimedia art; audiovisual, phonographic and cinematographic productions; and art creation, marketing and design. The term encompasses a broad range of activities, including all kinds of cultural industries, artistic productions and local art markets in the urban environment.
Over the past ten years, Durham has witnessed a boom in a number of key cultural initiatives including the Durham Performing Arts Center and Golden Belt, among others. These have not only enriched the city’s image but have also attracted other creative ventures, and are often seen as triggers for the local economy.
Art markets are heavily dependent on local creative industry initiatives, regulatory environments and urban cultural developments. Which measurable factors within this urban fabric are driving creative production? Why do some places and times experience extraordinary levels of creativity? Is Durham one of these places? How do we measure local creativity? Is diversity a factor?
This Bass Connections project will examine the relationship between urban development and cultural production in specific contemporary and historical contexts. Students will form interdisciplinary research teams to investigate case studies on creative industries in the urban environment of Durham.
The team will produce original research that will be presented at a student symposium in Spring 2018. Incorporating feedback from the symposium, team members will aim to produce papers of publishable quality by the end of the semester.
Over two semesters (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018), research teams will be guided by members of the Art and Markets course as well as external scholars who specialize in the contextualization of creative industries and art markets.