Reflections on Berlin Scenes
Edited By Geoff Stahl
Field Configuring Events: Professional Scene Formation and Spatial Politics in the Design Segment of Berlin: Bastian Lange
Field Configuring Events: Professional Scene Formation and Spatial Politics in the Design Segment of Berlin
Fuzziness of New Creative Markets
The very high dynamism of creative industries, their highly informal and less institutionalised context makes it very difficult to apply common economic definitions to this field. They very often cannot grasp the very flexible nature of theses constantly shifting and moving markets (Bilton 1999; Lange/Kalandides, et al 2008; McRobbie 2002; 2003). The very high mobility in these markets is accompanied with high demands of flexibility of entrepreneurs and their practices to stay in these constantly moving and shifting markets. It can be assumed that the traditional understanding of entrepreneurial practices cannot be equally adapted to the way cultural and creative entrepreneurs operate and describe themselves in the newly emergent markets within the wider field of creative industries (Hjorth 2004; Lange 2008; Rae 2002). Following the conceptual approach by Chris Steyaert, a profound reconsideration of ‘entrepreneurship’ in respect to space has to be taken into consideration in order to fully understand the complex nature of these agents and their degree of flexibility (Steyaert/Katz 2004). The politically induced interest to promote creative industries is largely based on its fuzziness. This enables us to fully exploit the strategic potential of the core creative industries practices to transfer to new fields, such as urban housing, social policy, etc.. In doing so, the process of delivery of formerly state based assignments to the power of the free...
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