Arts & International Affairs: Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2018 - Page 50

ARTS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS political and artistic action. However, he asked the group to consider where anger and anxiety have resulted in negative acts and horrific deeds such as rape, murder, and war. Despite the varied responses, the Fellows’ discussions validated both the presence and the effects of anger and anxiety in society—and art. Day 6: Culture Wars This theme reflects on cultural politics and economics. Culture wars involve clashes of collective identities across divides that ca be societal, national, or transnational. For artists and cultural producers, political institutions and economics impact the ways and degrees to which the arts receive public support and approval. Culture Wars can reflect how art is created in the context of these political debates.  Reflecting on a performance of Mark Thomas and a guided walk by Edinburgh Art Festival director Sorcha Carey, the Global Cultural Fellows discussed the idea of “Culture Wars.” By Zach Marschall Culture Wars Film by Guy Gotto (password: aia37) The Culture Wars group started today’s session with a clip from the film  The Gladia- tor, specifically the scene in which two warriors fight to the death in the Colosseum for the amusement of the emperor and cheering masses. “We who are about to die salute you,” one ill-fated man yells to his ruler. Then, with the clip finished and the lights turned back on, today’s presenters stood in front of the assembled Fellows and stated now that you have an idea of the game we’re about to play ... The Culture Wars group reconfigured the room’s seating to mock a stadium with two sets of three chairs in the middle positioned in front of Mikael Löfgren, Manuel Fran- cisco Viveros, and Solomiya Shpak. They took turns asking a question central to culture wars politics; the Fellows divided into camps and Abdulkarim Ekzayez and Ariel Stolier served as “generals” leading representatives from each side to the middle chairs where 50