We participated in the special edition of the Studio Erasmus talk show at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. We debated the impact of algorithms on popular culture and examined how disruptive platforms like YouTube and Netflix restructure the film and television world. How does Netflix affect our film tastes? What does the disappearance of traditional ‘gatekeepers’ mean? And do we actually allow ourselves to be surprised in an age where our media use is analyzed in so much detail to create new blockbusters? Check out this video for all the answers:
Capitalizing on a long and fruitful relationship with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, we co-organized a workshop entitled Creative Industries, Economic Growth and Social Development in India, which took place in Mumbai on 7 and 8 January 2019. It truly was a joint event which a large delegation from Rotterdam and great input from Indian scholars. We had fruitful discussions on the growth of cultural industries such as crafts, performing arts and music (including hip hop), painting, media tourism, and Bollywood cinema, and how they cluster in certain areas. The role of intermediaries was a recurring theme which directly contributes in a meaningful way to our own thinking on the cultural commons!
We look forward to the edited volume based on the papers presented in at the workshop, and on collaborating further with old and new like-minded colleagues in India.