"DI/S - Digital Art as a Business, but How?" - presentation, discussion and a panel

Join the Digital Inter/Section consortium online or live in Brussels for a conversation about the future of the Digital Art ecosystem. On March 22nd partners will present key insights from the extensive study carried out by the partners of the Digital Inter/Section EU project on existing ecosystems and business models in the digital art sector: the publication gathers insights and recommendations from 25 countries worldwide on how to shape new business models. We will also talk about the next steps: launching a new, European Agency to promote Digital Art.

Friday 22.03.2024.

  • 9:30-10:00 Digital Arts as a Business, but How? Welcome coffee
  • 10:00-10:10 DI/S Project presentation - AC Coppens
  • 10:10-10:40 PART 1: THE RESEARCH, Anna Desponds - Presentation of selected key findings from the report
  • 10:40-11:00 PART 2: KIKK, AC Coppens - KIKK case study.
  • 11:00-11:15 PART 3: Q&As, AC Coppens and Anna Desponds
  • 11:25-11:35 PART 4: business models, AC Coppens - Recommendations for business models.
  • 11:35- 12:00 PART 5: the panel, AC Coppens, Delphine Jenart and Ilaria Bondavalli

Digital Inter/Section (DI/S) is a multi-year initiative of Chroniques (France), Chromatic (Canada), Kikk (Belgium), KONTEJNER (Croatia), Signal (Czech Republic) and THE CATALYSTS (Germany). The DI/S project aims at diversifying the sources of income and business models for digital arts & culture organizations, while promoting sustainable, ethical and inclusive economic development.

In the first part of the presentation, THE CATALYSTS, who led the research from 2022 to 2023, will present the results. Based on a comprehensive survey, micro-case studies and expert interviews, they investigated the monetization trends that keep the art world excited. How do they finance themselves? What are the business models they use? We will be talking about numbers, but also about the fears and hopes for the future of the digital arts sector. Spoiler alert: the key finding is collaboration!

The full report can be found here: https://www.digitalintersection.eu/#publication-rapport-guide

In a second part, representatives of the KIKK festival - one the leading digital art events in Europe - will share from a practical perspective how they operate themselves, while looking at new, sustainable business models. They will talk about their success factors, but also the pitfalls of opening a permanent art space. What did they learn in the process? What are the new opportunities they are working on currently?

In the last part, we will present the collaborative project we are currently putting in place within the consortium. Based on the research results, the partners decided to develop and test a new business model to increase their economic resilience: we are putting together a new, European agency for digital art. Join us to be the first ones to hear about that!

Digital Inter/Section (DI/S) is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Creative Europe program.

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