Syria/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

Forms of the contemporary arts, that depend on modern technologies, are absent from the Syrian cultural scene due to many factors, the most important of which is the absence of institutional frameworks that encompass the arts of modern technologies.

Due to the fact that the academic bodies concerned with arts, such as Faculty of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, offer a very limited space for these arts within its curricula, the youth concerned with these arts find themselves obliged to develop their tools and skills through personal and individual experiences as well as through contact with the professionals in these fields. Young Syrian artists specialized in new technologies, work on basis of international visual language, which is linked to the modern international modern arts, rather than working on building their own local identity.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that MOC is not working on introducing these artistic kinds to the fields it supports, whereas special Initiatives such as All Arts Now adopts modern arts as alternative bodies to support the young artists.

Chapter published: 06-05-2016