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How does it work ?
To participate, it's very easy! A video will be published every 3 or 4 days on the platform (the publication dates are indicated above the preview of each video). You will also receive an email notification when a new video is posted!
Every week for a month, specialists of the sectors established in France and Palestine will discuss with you the practices, methodologies and initiatives carried out by cultural players during the pandemic. They will ask you questions and surveys that you can answer so that together we can lay the foundations for joined-up thinking aimed at supporting artists and CCIs in the aftermath of the crisis.
The proposed discussions will focus on visual and digital arts, literature and performing arts. The themes were asked in the form of open questions to give more freedom to our guest speakers. Following the format of a MOOC, the video capsules will be "augmented" with additional content offered by the speakers, who are either specialists in the subject or professionals in the sector, and will share advice and good practices, always in an educational approach of knowledge sharing.
You will find below the visual guide, just follow the steps :
Throughout the video, icons will appear on the screen. This means that action is possible. You can then respond directly to a speaker by selecting the question from the drop-down menu below.
You will also be able to take a survey. This part is essential since the responses will be important inputs of a needs assessment which will result in concrete actions aimed at answering those needs.
Or access additional content suggested by speakers.
Finally, you will be able to enrich the debate by participating in the chat located at the bottom of the page. You can leave your comments, respond to other users or share the initiatives you have carried out during the lockdown. All responses can be public or confidential (only the speakers and moderators of the platform will have access to them). You decide!
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An unprecedented crisis for the cultural-creative industries (CCI)
During lockdown, all sectors were affected, including the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs). CCIs focus on, inter alia, the creation, distribution and consumption of cultural, artistic or heritage goods, protected by intellectual property.
They can include several sectors, such as music, visual arts, performing arts, publishing, architecture, fashion, cultural tourism or video games. Regardless of the discipline, whether it concerns creation, the dissemination of artistic works or the relationship with the public, the whole chain has been disrupted. Indeed, although there has been significant growth in the video game industry, most cultural and creative sectors have been and are still among the hardest hit by the crisis, with significant declines in turnover varying between -20 and -90% compared to 2019.
Digital technology: an answer that meets the challenges
Innovative solutions have been imagined in both France and Palestine to mitigate these challenges and help maintaining artistic creation and richness of the cultural offer.
It is often through the digitalization of practices and content that artists and institutions have been able to maintain a link with their audiences.
The use of technologies for interactive creation is under continuous development, and there is a growing articulation between so-called "traditional" arts and digital creation in general.
The approach of the present project tends to promote this convergence, so the digital arts are associated with all the disciplines mentioned above.
Although the use of digital and collaborative tools is not a new phenomenon, it has amplified during this epidemic, which has forced many institutions and artists to quickly readjust their methods to deal with the situation. These tools, sometimes accused of developing individualism, have made it possible to keep in touch, to continue to create, and to share. They have helped forge this intangible link, which has proven essential for our societies in these times of social distancing. However, the digital transition faces several obstacles and challenges, whether physical, cultural, legal, political or social, that this project aims to study.
February 27, 2021: launch of an innovative and collaborative platform
Without presenting immediate solutions, the objective of The Invisible Link is to create a participatory platform for the exchange of practices and methodologies that transcends language barriers or land borders to deal, in a collaborative approach, with an unprecedented situation. The innovative format of this project allows the intersection between the educational approach of a MOOC and intellectual debate. It will be an opportunity to learn from the lockdown to consider new and more sustainable practices to help artists, especially emerging ones, to better prepare for the aftermath.
More than a simple webinar broadcast at a given time, the publication of the 8 thematic videos at regular intervals on a dedicated platform will allow the discussion to last 4 weeks. The interactive videos will be available for consultation at any time by the public, who will be able to answer surveys and questions asked by the speakers, but also to ask questions, comment and in turn enrich the reflection with additional content. A webmaster will moderate the platform and will relay the questions asked to the speakers. A survey will be carried out, in consultation with the speakers, who will collect and analyze the responses to the surveys in order to draw up an assessment.
The results of these surveys, discussions and comments will be the subject of a live debate session with a dedicated (Franco-Palestinian) panel on March 29th. This session will be an opportunity to deepen the discussions initiated earlier in the project and its objectives: to offer an analysis of the surveys, validated by a panel of experts, but also engaging in a joined-up thinking to explore possibilities of supporting creation in a post-crisis context. Tangible responses will be developed later on for subsequent implementation, particularly in the form of workshops, with a particular attention paid to projects aiming at digital transitions, support for creation and networking of artists (phase 2 of the project).
1/ Impact of Covid19 in the CCIs in France and in Palestine
The pandemic took professionals by surprise, and abruptly halted activities. How has the pandemic affected the sector? and what was the trend for each different sector (macro analysis)?
2/ Initiatives proposed by French and Palestinian artists and experts?
French and Palestinian professionals will share their innovations and their experience on keeping up with their work without physical audience.
3/ Structural tranformations and working methods in the CCIs
The lockdown has led way of working to evolve towards more resilient models. What structural transformations have been observed in each sector (production, creation, business model, audience?) What were the major changes in working method?
4/ Maintaining a link with audiences in times of crisis
One of the main concerns was not to lose the link with their audiences and reach new ones. How did they maintain a link with the public during lockdown? What are the new platforms that allow them to communicate with their audiences?
5/ Obstacles encountered during the pandemic
The CCIs have encountered many obstacles whether technical, cultural, legal, political or social. Which obstacles our partners have encoutered?
6/ Points of vigilance for a successful digital transition in CCIs
The digital transition must be thought out and imagined to prevent identified risks. What are the points of vigilance identified by the guests?
7/ The added value of digital technology in the cultural sectors
Despite everything, new technologies make it possible to sustain new types of activity. What is the added value of digital technology for CCIs in the post-crisis context?
8/ Which model for the cultural sectors in the aftermath?
The troubled period that professionals have faced is also an opportunity to engage in a true reflection on the foundation of the cultural sector, and to preserve the positive innovations made during lockdown. Which model could we imagine together to ensure more sustainable practices?
Each theme results in a video of 10 minutes, which brings together the interventions of 4 to 6 professionals of the sector. In order to be as inclusive as possible, the videos as well as the platform are accessible in three languages: Arabic, French and English.
The Invisible Link platform is a space for expression and debate open to all, and available in three languages. It is intended to initiate a discussion on the new challenges and challenges of the cultural and creative industries in the post-covid context19.
Our commitments - protecting your data
Registration to the website is mandatory to access the content and to be able to respond to the questions and surveys.
The following elements are essential to the project since they will allow us to initiate a joint reflection on the challenges of the digital transition in France and Palestine, and to imagine, long term, concrete and relevant actions to help professionals in the sector, especially the emerging ones, to face future challenges.
The information you provide will be kept in our current archives until December 31. of the year N+2, on the server of Blue Ltd.
We undertake not to disclose this data to any third parties. Answers to questions and surveys will be the subject of a study aimed to support the cultural and creative industries (ICC) in France and Palestine in a post-crisis context.
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679, you have the following rights: access, rectification, deletion, a right to limit the processing of data and the right to decide the fate of your post-mortem data. To exercise these rights or if you have any further questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your rights and commitments
By commenting on videos and responding to surveys, you authorize us to use this information for (anonymized) studies on the cultural sector. Users undertake that the content of their contributions complies with the laws and regulations, is not contrary to public order and does not infringe one’s rights or dignity.
As such, contributions are prohibited in particular, without this list being exhaustive:
- violent, defamatory, abusive, illegal or obscene;
- inciting violence, the commission of a crime;
- inciting discrimination or hatred;
- offending someone, coarse, vulgar or offending the sensitivity of minors;
- not respecting the copyright of images, the right to respect others private life;
- violating the protection of the personal data of a third party;
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Moderation of the platform
The French Institute of Jerusalem and the Khalil Sakakini Center ensure the management, the animation and moderation of the platform. We ensure the quality of communications, in accordance with to the above rules.
In case of a failure to comply with these rules, this might lead us to banning the user’s account, all inappropriate contributions would be deleted.