Beyond the Obvious focuses on cultural practices in non-urban territories. Culture Crops: cultural practices in non-urban territories sparks the debate on peripheral territories. Where does their territory begin and where it does it end? How do they see themselves and how are they seen by others? What are they and how do they work? Culture-Crops-
Culture Crops: cultural practices in non-urban territories
Non-urban territories are often defined by their materiality (suburbia and landscapes); by the dynamics of their inhabitants (urban migrants and close-knit, small communities); or by their representation (a utopian view of the rural or a dystopian perception of peripheries). However, these spaces question and challenge cultural policies, often defined by those living in cities. Debate on cultural policy in the 1990’s already questioned the paradigm framing the relationship between center and periphery as a binary relation. ‘Decentralization of culture’ was already present in those debates, which took into account factors such as higher population mobility, the emergence of new technologies supporting creation and distribution, and the recognition of a dubious polarisation between urban and rural cultures and cultural production, supporting the asymmetry and unequal interaction underlying relations between center and periphery. Additionally, policy discourse regarding culture in non-urban territories is often focused only on a few cultural sectors, and mostly limited to measuring their economic impact.