Teixeira Coelho + Fernando Vicario

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The primordial fire has been replaced by Artificial Intelligence

A conversation that is a dense and friendly provocation around a reality that is too often absent in the sector’s debates: is there any space left for cultural institutions and policies after the arrival of Artificial Intelligence? From this perspective, and bearing in mind the three qualities that distinguish humans from the rest of living beings (act, think logically and feel emotions), we must bear in mind that artificial intelligence can already do the first two, leaving only the third as the main refuge of identity. Culture as a consumer product is already being governed by the combination of systems and applications that access the ‘big data’ universe, and its production, distribution and consumption will be increasingly directed by them, calling into question the strategies themselves and the role of states, institutions and cultural organisations in this field. From this perspective, the possibility arises that someone will have to defend diversity, cultural rights and innovative creation. A challenge that can be made from the ambition of the great and from the proximity of the everyday. 

Fernando Vicario

Vicario has spent much of his professional life in Latin America, where he began as a development worker in Bolivia in 1985, specialising in the field of cultural cooperation. 

He has been an official of the Convenio Andrés Bello (CAB), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional – AECID), the Organisation of Ibero-American States (Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos – OEI) as well as collaborating with organisations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and UNESCO. 

He teaches various courses on cultural management in America and Spain. He has several publications, including the one published by the CAF on cultural policies in the Andean area, and economic and cultural developments in CAB countries. Reflexiones en torno a la cooperación cultural with Cultiva Libros Madrid. His third book, Trazos para los nuevo maps de la cultura has been published by Icono Editorial de Bogotá. 

He has been executive secretary of the Shared Value Academic Network. He currently works at the OEI as an advisor for the Orange Economy programmes and runs the company CONSULTORES CULTURALES based in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Teixeira Cohelo

Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo (USP); former director of the USP’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the São Paulo Museum of Art. He has published a variety of books on art and culture, including the Diccionario Crítico de Política Cultural. His latest book is eCultura, A Utopia Final; Sinais e Maravilhas da arte & cultura na Era Digital; he is also the author of several novels, receiving the Portugal Telecom Prize for Literature in Portuguese for História Natural de la Dictadura. 

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