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Echoes from the opening keynote of the Creative Clash conference we held at the Goethe Institute in Brussels yesterday (March 19) resonated at the end of the day in the closing poem. From talking about artistic interventions in organizations to experiencing one. In between: presentations of three research reports and panels with policymakers (Members of the European Parliament, representatives of Directorate Generals), managers, and members of the art world. The program was punctuated with discussion opportunities to involve the ca. 150 participants who were seated in four sections according to the sense they preferred to learn with that day: feeling, hearing, seeing, or thinking. And half way through: the opening of a select exhibition that Mari Linnman curated of artworks from artistic interventions in organizations in Sweden and the Basque country.

The research reports prepared for Creative Clash by the WZB, TILLT and KEA are/will be available on line (see info below*), so I will focus here on the keynote “Artistic interventions in the creative economy” that Michael Hutter (WZB) presented and the poem that slammer Sebastian 23 composed in situ and performed for us.

Materials at Creative Clash Conference March 19 2013

Materials at Creative Clash Conference March 19 2013

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This morning I learned from Melvyn Bragg’s documentary about Ted Hughes that the poet spent a great deal of time fishing. His capacity for intense concentration was nurtured by that activity, and many of his poems relate to it. My own fishing is not out on a lake in the wilderness, but inside, in books, on BBC radio 4, on Google, and in long conversations (preferably over meals). It is not pike or brown trout that I seek, but ideas.    

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