Panel discussion 1

Panel Discussion I and general debate on Quality and Reflection in Culture
and Media


Jasenko Selimovic (Sweden) - Theatre, moderator
Richter (Germany) - Music
Gaspar Miklos Tamas (Hungary) -
Yuriy Andrukhovic (Ukraine) - Literature
Savina Tarsitano
(Italy) – Visual Arts
Lars Montag (Germany) - Film


Jasenko Selimovic (Sweden)
… guided us through
this panel discussion. He faced us with questions like: ‘Is there a fast
quality?’ and ‘Is there a possibility to learn how to deal with the


Andreas Richter (Germany)
Quality in
the field of music has to do a lot of with aspects like how good an artist is
and how well informed and educated the audience is.

Depending on how much the one or the other is willing to participate in the
music, it affects the quality. “One can increase the quality. If the members of
an orchestra can participate in the main decisions of the orchestra and increase
the creativity of every member, that’s a potential to increase the


Gaspar Miklos Tamas
“The freedom of late capitalism is the freedom of the
unfree.” The free man is suspicious of quality. For example, to understand the
great philosophers in the world it takes more than studying them on the surface.
But the love of difficulty is nowadays called elitism.



Lars Montag (Germany)
Lars Montag described his way of improving
the quality in his film making work, especially in times of crisis. “ The only
way out of the crisis is to go in it. Say hello to the pain, make mistakes and
flirt with the instability. I choose this for me. That’s my way to improve


Yuriy Andrukhovic (Ukraine)
When we speak about quality in arts and
culture we also have to consider social and political aspects.

ridiculous, those 20 years after the collapse of the UDSSR, there is still
spoken about a common Soviet culture. The Ukranian culture is very different
from neighbouring countries, for instance is Popstar a certain style of culture
and everyday life in the Ukraine.


Savina Tarsitano (Italy)
Her fascination for nature and human
interaction guided her to her second career as an artist. She engages and
connects communities and unfortunates in various parts of the world through art
and creativity and uses art as a language to integrate.

“We have to work with conditions and in deadlines. Therefore quality slid in
the background.”

In the discussion, the following conclusions were drawn:

-Quality happens in the
 - It is important to think
about what happens to the people reading, seeing and listening.

-Quality happens in time - One needs to stop and think about the
quality of a work. Quality needs reflection.

-Quality has to do with independence, especially
 - It is easy nowadays to start thinking
about money instead of quality.

-Quality is transcended - The old criterias for quality in
media, commercials etc have not been replaced by new ones, but simply been


Democratisation of quality can end up in a trash society. How can we
learn how to deal with it? Mass culture lowers the standards, it becomes a
commercial enterprise. Sentimentality and sensuality stand out as the opposite
of difficulty. This is not a result of democracy. It is perverting democracy and
the masses are not to be blamed.

It is the cultural elite who have lost heart in their own ability, equalling
modern consumer art with classical art forms. There is room for different arts
and different audiences. It is also a question of the quality of our education.
Is it lower now? How can we educate quality awareness?

The antidote to soft sweet trash is small, slow and scary.

The discussion ended with the question: “Is there any notion of old, primate

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