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.
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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