Computer says: Kill ENO

Arts Council England’s (ACE) has decided to impose a new system for evaluating art quality on National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs), its main clients.

Despite protests by arts organisations that their work can be judged by computer metrics.

This is wrong in so many ways they hardly bear enumerating.

eno arts council picket

But the idea that art can be quantified and qualified by an objective, empirical process completely misunderstands the nature of art. And the scheme itself will require even more form-filling for hard-press arts orgs that just want to get on with making art.

If Keynes were alive today he would recommend throwing the Arts Council into his famous mineshaft.

But you can see why the ACE like it. The ‘quality metrics’ scheme relieves bureaucrats of all responsibility for their decisions. Computer says: Kill ENO.

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  • A new manifestation of the indolence that gives rise to, for example, the terrorizing of musicians by airlines: people sitting in offices just don’t give a #¤%&! :
    “Let’s use ten minutes to concoct one blanket rule that will make life intolerable for the traveling musician for the next 30 years”. Or, in this case: “let’s hire some poor bastard to program some software that will do the work we can’t be arsed to do”. Lives them more time to waste on Facebook, or to go play wolf with their celebrity friends.
    Give me a bucket, quick!

  • Yes, and sadly iit’s not surprising. Jessica Duchen has an excellent riposte to it on her blog. Musicians lose their jobs and jobsworths keep their high salaries dreaming up crap like this.

  • It makes me think of the TV spoof ‘Little Britain’ where any informative inquiry at a travel agency is stopped by the staff, operating the system, saying: ‘Computer says no’.

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